Where the Snow Goes

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The color of the snow — rusty white with patches of dirt — matched that of the sanitation trucks that brought it to the mounting pile in the center of a New York City Financial District block on one Wednesday afternoon this winter. Workers from the towering office buildings nearby who were on a smoke break gazed at the story-high pile and rumbling tractors that were shoveling it. One snapped a photo.

At the other end of the block, which was roped off from traffic, two tractors shoveled the snow inside a large, orange, steaming metal vat on wheels — a snow melter. The shoveled loads seemed to disappear into the rising vapor.


NYCity Snapshot: How Can the New Mayor Help You?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

What Are NYC’s Dirtiest Blocks?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Are you tired of stepping past overflowing trash cans? Had it with the plague of litter? Sick of waiting for refuse stirred up by Sandy to be carted away? Tell us – and show us, with photos – where the problems are.

Join the NYCity News Service and CUNY TV’s BrianLehrer.TV show in finding New York City’s dirtiest blocks.

By filling out the form below, you’ll help us hold the city – and property owners – accountable.

Neighborhood Plagued by Dirty Parks

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Rami Ibrahim loves the swings and the basketball court at Power Playground near his Flatlands home.

The Avenue N park’s litter is another matter.

“The basket is right there,” said Rami, 11, as he stared at the trash strewn nearby – a styrofoam cup, a Swedish Fish wrapper, a losing lottery ticket. “It’s not good.”

That’s true for the Community District 18’s overall park ratings: For the past three years, the area has earned the city’s lowest marks for cleanliness and general conditions.

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Merchants Trash Garbage Can Plan

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A Clean Sweep on Fulton Street

Thursday, November 17th, 2011