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After nearly a year of meetings and direct pleas from residents of 10th Street, the city has yet to take any action to relocate the fleet of garbage trucks that park on the block west of First Avenue.
Yesterday, local elected officials joined block residents in urging an immediate solution and requesting that the sanitation trucks be removed.
Garbage trucks on East 10th St stink!— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) August 18, 2019
🤮They’re hurting small businesses & ruining the quality of life.
🤮I joined @RepMaloney @CarlinaRivera @DeborahJGlick to demand @NYCSanitation remove these trucks.
🤮If City Hall won’t do it, we’ll pass legislation in Albany to do so pic.twitter.com/8EQ0reFTBg
I joined the East 10th Street community to demand @NYCSanitation finally remove their trucks which emit a foul smell & have negatively impacted residents and businesses for nearly a year. We’ve written a letter calling for an immediate solution to this gross problem. pic.twitter.com/TUy7t26chz— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) August 18, 2019
Happy to join colleagues & neighborhood folks to Call on @NYCMayor to get these city garbage trucks off residential streets. @bradhoylman @RepMaloney @CarlinaRivera We've made many suggestions NOW get it done. pic.twitter.com/vVnvNnaWBP— (((Deborah Glick))) (@DeborahJGlick) August 18, 2019
As first reported last Sept. 18, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is now using this section of 10th Street to park up to seven garbage trucks or other vehicles. The DSNY no longer has use of their garage on 30th Street, and their solution for the foreseeable future has been to relocate their fleet elsewhere, including overnight on residential blocks.
And why park here? The Theater for the New City complex at 155 First Ave. near 10th Street was previously used by DSNY for storage, and they still maintain space in the facility for crews.
Meanwhile, residents say they continue to have quality-of-life and safety concerns — as expressed in previous posts — over the row of trucks parked on this block.
Last September, shortly after the trucks arrived, Mayor de Blasio promised to "relieve the immediate pressure" on 10th Street. "Do we want garbage trucks parking on residential streets? Of course not," said de Blasio, as CBS 2 reported on Sept. 26. "What we’re trying to do every day is figure out the kind of facilities that will help avoid that in the future."
And now 11 months later residents here are still waiting for the city to do something.
Seth Stein, a spokesperson for the mayor, recently told the Post: "We are actively evaluating parking options for these trucks that keep them near the neighborhood they serve."
You can find a copy of the letter from the local elected officials to the city at this link.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Questions and concerns as the sanitation department begins using 10th Street to park garbage trucks
More trash talk about those garbage trucks parked on 10th Street
Local elected officials continue to press city for alternatives to parking garbage trucks on 10th Street; muggings now a concern
A waste of space: 10th Street still waiting for the garbage trucks to move on
Garbage truck parking situation on 10th Street still stinks, residents say