Photos by Allie Ryan
More than 30 residents (and one rat and one superhero) turned out late yesterday afternoon to help pick up litter around Tompkins Square Park. As previously reported, Jonothon Lyons, creator of Buddy the Rat, and NYC entrepreneur Michael Quinn launched a community litter clean initiative called "Buddy's Brigade: Litter Exterminators."
Quinn reported that they picked up a few volunteers along the way. "Some were inspired to join after watching us parade around the park," he said. "A few children walked over from the playground to pitch in."
He added: "I never thought picking up litter could be so much fun."
EV resident Allie Ryan, who took part and shared these photos, noted in a tweet: "Now we need someone trained in needle pick up to come."
East Village residents have said that essential maintenance of Tompkins Square Park has declined in recent years.