Saturday, July 20, 2013

[Updated] Noted


Tweeted this observation this morning... several people have also noticed. Anyone know why there aren't any trash cans along Second Avenue?

Updated Sunday morning

Still trash-can free on Second Avenue... and people seem to be just tossing their trash on the sidewalk...



20 comments:

jessinha said...

There were none on First or Second Aves at 57th St when I walked my dog. I met a worker wheeling a barrel and he said something about not being able to work when enough merchants(?) in an area did not make adequate donations.

shmnyc said...

I've noticed that before, walking up First Avenue from 9th to 14th, on the east side -- corner after corner with no garbage cans. It's not as uncommon as one might think.

blue glass said...

about a year ago (maybe two) they removed a lot of garbage cans from corners where there were four cans IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GARBAGE COLLECTED. i kid you not.
they also said it would reduce the ticketing to stores because they are now responsible for overflowing garbage on the street.
don't know if this has anything to do with the situation now.

Woo Generation said...

That sucks, bro. I need something to aim my empties at and miss.

Anonymous said...

Richest city in the world won't pay to collect garbage on its streets (except on the Upper West/East Side, Tribeca, Wall Street...)

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:09PM:

"Richest city in the world won't pay to collect garbage on its streets (except on the Upper West/East Side, Tribeca, Wall Street...)"

So what you're saying is that the city is paying to collect garbage on its streets...

Anonymous said...

Actually, the reason that the streets are cleaner in many of the areas that you reference is that the local businesses pay for private curb/sidewalk cleaning. Only place around here that does that is Union Square. They stop one block short of my street. The difference is quite noticeable.

blue glass said...

union square merchants and landlords pay for private sanitation services because they are forced to under the provisions of the BID (business improvement district) which is like another tax. it is not voluntary.

Anonymous said...

Actually, they pay it happily. They find that their bottom line is greatly improved in these areas. People spend more money when there's no barbeque sauce street slathering involved (go figure). Increased profits more than offsets the fee.

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Anonymous said...

More pictures of garbage. Way to go! Your blog is pretty much garbage and standing in tompkins square park. awesome. Real uplifting stuff.

Anonymous said...

@10:54
And yet, you're oddly compelled to read. (No one's forcing you, you know.)

DrGecko said...

Also garbage anonymous comments!

Giovanni said...

The Dept of Sanaittion has removed garbage cans before in places like Bay Ridge to cut down or vermin, mice, flies, and in general to stop garbage piling up on busy corners. The problem is in The EV people just throw it on the street. Also a lot of stores tend to throw their trash illegally into garbage cans, which can result in a fine if they are caught. From now on I'll just dump mine in Starbucks trash cans in between getting free newspapers, free wifi and free iced tea/coffee refills, using the bathroom, and grabbing a bunch of extra napkins on the way out the door, none of which would be possible without having a few big corporate chainstores around.

xootrman said...

I've spoken to several NYPD officers of different levels and the consensus is that the city is replacing them and for some reason did not coordinate the removal with the delivery of the new 2013 models. Makes perfect sense in the City bureaucracy. Perhaps the same folks who removed the cans get paid twice as much to revisit these sites and install/drop off new ones.

OK So Maybe I'm A Little Pissed Off said...

xootrman, stop making sense!

The real reason is, well you know how trash cans in this city tend to fill up with trash? You know why? I'll let you in on the secret that MTA already discovered and put into use at the 8th St "Q/N/R" station:

Trash cans cause trash. No trash cans, no more trash. Now Bloomie can get rid of all those lazy Sanitation workers and save a bundle. Voila!

nygrump said...

They really will trumpet the lack of garbage as a feature - "we've reduced garbage in the East Viallge by 100%" and everyone will get back to their alcohol and flouride and get concerned about the next celebrity triviality.

Anonymous said...

4:19,

Re: your comment about trash cans creating trash/litter, it's interesting that Tokyo has very, very few trash cans and very little litter. I guess it is just more of a societal norm to respect your living environs in that culture.

Sanity Is Not The Root Of Sanitation said...

Hats off to you, 8:47 PM, for pointing out that Tokyo, despite living in the 22nd century, has few trash cans and yet not much litter.

Here is the answer: http://archive.metropolis.co.jp/tokyorantsravesarchive349/315/tokyorantsravesinc.htm

( and here is another answer, not just for Tokyo: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/04/world-without-trash-cans/5306 )

Jannete Amanda Sadik-Burden-Khan said...

Maybe the Citi Bikes are useful after all. Hats off to you, 10:26 PM PM