Showing posts with label trash. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trash. Show all posts

Friday, April 1, 2022

Discarding an oversized photo of yourself: A cautionary tale

Photo for illustrative purposes only

I upload dozens of random photos from around the neighborhood on the EVG Instagram Stories. 

Several months ago, I came across a poster-size photo of a couple (mid- to late 20s?) placed atop a mound of trash bags on a block along Fifth Street. I wondered why this poster ended up here. And why would anyone have a poster-size photo of themselves? 

This shot, which I deleted from my iPhone a while ago, was among some photos shared on Stories. 

The couple in the photo recently reached out to me. Let's call them G & M.

"A few months ago, you posted a photo in your Instagram Stories, which was a large poster of my fiance and me that we threw out while moving — because having a large picture of oneself is weird — and ended up just very prominently in the trash pile," G wrote. 

Oh!

"A friend from Seattle actually sent me the picture asking, 'Hey, is everything OK' when he saw it." 

G was OK with me asking a few questions about all this. 

"You can definitely write it up if you want to — it might serve as a cautionary tale for other people who have an oversized picture of themselves they don't know what to do with." 

For starters, everything is all good with G & M! 

OK, so why did they have this wall-size photo of themselves? 

"The photo was used as a centerpiece on a table at our engagement party in November 2020, and then we were given it to take home. It sat in the corner of a room with stuff piled on it until we discarded it when we moved out," G explained. "It was a pretty stressful move, so as a large object we were tossing out, we just left it — I think on the basement or the trash room."

The couple moved from the East Village to Brooklyn in April 2021. The big pic sat somewhere in their former apartment building until late last year. Months! So they never knew the photo's fate until their friend from Seattle sent the message after seeing the EVG Story. 

G & M thought they had rid themselves of large photos of themselves. Turned out that another acquaintance saw the picture on the trash pile and documented it. 

And this past Christmas during an annual "Secret Satan" exchange with friends — where you give someone a gift making fun of them. The person who had M took the photo of their picture in the trash and had it blown up to approximately the size of the original one and framed. 

"So we're right back to having a strangely large picture of our faces at home," G said, "but we are planning on keeping it because it's a bit too funny not to."

Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday's opening shot

A view this morning from outside the main lawn in Tompkins Square Park... there has been some discussion about the trash situation in the Park, where staff leaves out the large trash bags... and then the trash sits out overnight.

As Park regulars have noted, it's not uncommon to find the bags ripped open by rats overnight, the contents spread over the lawn. 

Thanks to Goggla for the photo.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Noted

EVG reader Sonya spotted this discarded item on 13th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue... a tabletop in the shape of the continental United States. Or perhaps a statement on the state of the country heading into the election...

Sunday, April 26, 2020

World's greatest chair discarded



Tragically spotted on the sidewalk on 12th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue late today ... and in the rain...



Thanks to Christine Champagne for the photos!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Noted



Spotted in the curbside trash today on Second Avenue ... won't need this for awhile. Photo by Derek Berg...

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Trash talk on 7th Street



Someone has made homemade signs pointing out who is managing the buildings on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue where the trash routinely overflows on the sidewalk...



The signs are in front of buildings owned by the Kushner Companies and managed by its subsidiary Westminster, per a tipster on the block... (they note "A Kushner Production")









Per the tipster: "They refuse to hire a super on Sundays to prevent this mess every week. And the fine from sanitation is less than what they’d pay him anyway. Saving money by trashing the hood."

Last March, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Kushner Companies, formerly led by current White House adviser Jared Kushner, planned to sell five of the 30-plus buildings in their East Village portfolio.

The company was also accused of illegally operating nine apartment buildings in the East Village and Williamsburg, according to an investigation by City Council member Ritchie Torres and the watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative. A DOB spokesperson told the Associated Press that the issues stemmed from "paperwork lapses" and characterized the investigation as "pure grandstanding."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Trash PSA on Avenue A



EVG reader Annabelle shares this from the southwest corner of Avenue A and Ninth Street... apparently the mayor's solar-powered Big Belly trash can is out of service (Day 21 per the sign).

Despite the obvious problem with the Big Belly, people continue to stack trash on top on the pile of trash...



Staff from Doc Holliday's is behind at least some of the signage...



Updated 9/22

Someone cleaned up the trash... but the Big Belly is still broken...

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday's parting shots (aka It Takes a Swiss Village)



Swiss Village art (circa 1975) discarded on Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue...



Photos by Derek Berg.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wednesday's parting shot



On Seventh Street, we have the following discarded items: two Bush books and several boxes of fortune cookies. Photo by Derek Berg.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week in Grieview


[Photo on 7th Street by Derek Berg]

Stories posted on EVG this past week included...

This is the story of how Geoffrey Weglarz died on 12th Street, and why it took a week to find him (Wednesday)

Boys' Club fast tracks sale of East Village clubhouse as final bids are due Oct. 30 (Tuesday)

Local elected officials continue to press city for alternatives to parking garbage trucks on 10th Street; muggings now a concern (Monday)

An all-new I Am a Rent-Stabilized Tenant (Thursday)

Preliminary demolition work at 99-101 E. 2nd St. is — surprise — in the asbestos-removal phase (Monday)

Nobletree Coffee is the next tenant for 37 St. Mark's Place and 2nd Avenue (Thursday)

Run DMC mural on the way at 12th Street and Avenue A (Friday)

Demolishing the fire-damaged back extension at Uogashi, which appears to be permanently closed (Monday)

Goodbye Dojo (Friday)

Nai Tapas Bar now open in new East Village location (Thursday)

This week's special NY See panel (Thursday)

News roundup: At the SBJSA hearing Monday (Wednesday)

So long St. Dymphna's (Tuesday)

The new Donut Pub on Broadway is now HIRING (Friday)

Mexican restaurant opening on 2nd Avenue called Savor Por Favor (Monday)

Cocoa Grinder bringing coffee and all-day breakfast to 1st Street (Tuesday)

NYPD light tower back in illuminating action on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street (Tuesday)

Mi Tea now serving up the cheese tea on St. Mark's Place (Monday)

210 1st Ave. is for sale; and a visit to Gena's Grill (Wednesday)

Pado in soft-open sushi mode on 2nd Avenue (Monday)

Gym moves: IG-Fit replaces Synergy on 14th Street (Monday)

And as Eden carefully documented Friday, someone on Fifth Street discarded a well-curated scrapbook of Leif Garrett clippings from the late 1970s when the actor-singer ruled the covers of teen-focused magazines (along with his contemporaries such as Shaun Cassidy, Willie Aames, Robby Benson, Rex Smith, Scott Baio and the Bay City Rollers)...



In any event, this is all Leif, all the time, showcasing his life and career to this point in seven parts...



Sadly though, Leif, who turns 57 on Nov. 8, has struggled with drug abuse as an adult.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Noted



The city has unveiled its new #KeepNYCTrashFree campaign on Avenue A at St. Mark's Place...



Not sure at the moment who's responsible for this street art ... (and thanks to Christine Champagne for the photo!)

Updated

Thanks to the readers who shared the artist's name...

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#keepnyctrashfree 1/3

A post shared by WINSTON TSENG (@winstontseng) on


Updated 9 p.m.

That didn't last long, as Christine noted...

Monday, October 22, 2018

Local elected officials continue to press city for alternatives to parking garbage trucks on 10th Street; muggings now a concern


[EVG photo from Oct. 15]

Local elected officials are continuing to urge the city to quickly come up with solutions for parking its fleet of garbage trucks on 10th Street at First Avenue.

As I first reported on Sept. 18, the DSNY is now using part of 10th Street for up to seven trucks. The DSNY no longer has use of their garage at 606 W. 30th St., and are relocating their trucks elsewhere, including Pier 36.

This move — apparently done without much, if any, consultation with Community Board 3 — has sparked numerous complaints from residents and merchants alike who have called out the problems with the smell, noise and negative impact on business.

Nearly a month has passed since 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. “What we’re trying to do every day is figure out the kind of facilities that will help avoid that in the future.”



Here's part of a letter to Kathryn Garcia, the city’s Department of Sanitation commissioner, that Sen. Brad Hoylman's office shared with me on Friday:

Presently, the vehicles parked on East 10th Street between First and Second Avenues have created significant quality of life, public safety, and traffic related issues for residents and businesses. As a result, my office has received numerous complaints.

I understand that the owner of the Manhattan 6 garage located at 606 West 30 Street has declined to renew the lease for the DSNY vehicles. However, the city should not force residents and small businesses in the East Village into shouldering DSNY’s burden. My constituents are justifiably concerned about the lack of notice, as well as the decline in their quality of life due to the unwelcome odor, the lack of available parking, and the overbearing appearance of the vehicles.

Furthermore, this situation presents multiple public safety issues as the bike lane now overlaps with the vehicle traffic lane, thereby endangering cyclists. The vehicles also block curb ramps. This, of course, disproportionately impacts seniors and residents with disabilities, which, as I am sure you are aware, could create a potential liability for the City.

My constituents and I find this situation unacceptable. I implore you to find a more suitable location for these vehicles and I am happy to work with your office to achieve this.



Meanwhile, District 2 City Councilmember Carlina Rivera asked the mayor to take action as well in a letter from last week. That letter reads in part:

I am writing to urge full cooperation from your office and all relevant city agencies in relocating sanitation vehicles parked on East 10th Street between First and Second Avenues in Manhattan. The situation on the block has become untenable. Seniors and people with disabilities are unable to safely access transportation directly on the street, small businesses have verifiably seen their sales decrease, and public safety concerns are rising as the large vehicles block visibility to and from the street.

In addition to these concerns, the accident in Crown Heights on October 11 that saw a pedestrian fatally struck by a Department of Sanitation truck has heightened residents’ sensitivity about this issue. They note that this highly-trafficked part of the East Village, which sees pedestrian activity late into the evening due to a robust nightlife culture, is primed for a similar tragedy.

We need to work together to relieve the burden on these constituents and move the sanitation vehicles off of this narrow side street. At recent meetings, Community Board 3 and my office suggested alternative sites. Therefore, I look forward to continuing our conversations to find a quick solution that has less impact on commerce and safety.

The Post reported yesterday about a new concern with the parked trucks: muggings. Early in the morning on Oct. 11, a sanitation worker was threatened at knifepoint in front of Pinks at 242 E. 10th St. According to the Post, a 22-year-old Bronx man was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Per the article:

With the hulking trucks lined up like elephants at the curb, blocking the view of cops in patrol cars, pedestrians are at risk, residents complained to the Post.

“There is no visibility from the street. You could rob someone, mug someone or push someone into their building,” warned Michelle Lang, 48, who lives in the 16-story New Theatre condo on E. 10th Street. “There are parents with strollers.”

The threat against the garbage man is an example of “what we have feared all along,” she added.

DSNY spokesperson Dina Montes recently told The Villager that "The department is working to evaluate alternative parking options as provided by elected officials and the community board. Other city agencies, such as [the Department of Transportation], may need to be involved in evaluating any alternate spaces as well."

Interestingly enough, during the "Trash Bash" protest at Pinks on the evening of Oct. 11, there weren't any garbage trucks parked outside the bar, preventing a photo opp for a CBS 2 news crew ... only a private hauler zipped by during the festivities ...


[Photo on Oct. 11 by Stacie Joy]

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pinks hosting 'Trash Bash' to protest the DSNY's decision to park garbage trucks on 10th Street


[Photo Monday by Steven]

The owners of Pinks, the bar and grill at 242 E. 10th St. west of First Avenue, are hosting a "Trash Bash" tonight as a protest of sorts over the Department of Sanitation's (DSNY) recent decision to park garbage trucks in front of their business.

As I first reported on Sept. 18, the DSNY is now using part of 10th Street for their fleet. The DSNY no longer has use of their garage at 606 W. 30th St., and are relocating their trucks elsewhere, including parts of 10th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

This move — apparently done without much, if any, consultation with Community Board 3 — has sparked numerous complaints from residents and merchants alike who have called out the problems with the smell, noise and negative impact on business.

As for tonight's festivities...

"We are trying an alternative playful community protest to inspire the DSNY to make changes," Pinks owner Avi Burn told me. "We would like those responsible for the decision to make a garbage truck parking lot out of 10th Street to imagine this happening right outside their residence or place of business.

"It's horrific and irresponsible and there are alternatives to be discovered with a little effort. There is always a solution. We understand the DSNY has missed some deadlines to communicate with CB3, this will not go away — they need to focus on it and come to a satisfactory resolution with us."

Here's what to expect this evening, via the Facebook event page:

Costume theme: TRASHY AND FLASHY.
Free entry for costumed guests. $10 suggested donation for all else.

8 PM: Join us for trash themed cocktails and dinner (Mexican Cuisine). Sign a petition against the DSNY's irresponsible actions

8:30 PM: Live music by Liah Alonso

9 PM: Trash-ion Show by Christopher Hardwick. Dress in trash pieces or anything related to "Trash." Pinks Gift Card prizes and giveaways to the winners and best dressed!

9:30 PM: More music, fun and resistance to the trash.



Parking aside, the DSNY hasn't been the best neighbor. On Sept. 27, a surveillance camera captured a DSNY employee dumping trash out of his garbage truck into a planter outside Pinks, ABC 7 reported.

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

More trash talk about those garbage trucks parked on 10th Street


[Photo from yesterday by Vinny & O]

As I first reported on Sept. 18, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is now using part of 10th Street west of First Avenue to park garbage trucks.

The DSNY no longer has use of their garage at 606 W. 30th St., and are relocating their fleet elsewhere, including 10th Street and at Pier 36.

This move has sparked numerous complaints from residents and merchants alike who have called out the problems with the smell, noise and negative impact on business.

The story has since received a good deal of press coverage. Here are a few updates.

• Mayor de Blasio is promising action.

Here's CBS 2 from Wednesday night:

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to “relieve the immediate pressure” on a residential street in the heart of the East Village that has become a parking lot for Department of Sanitation vehicles.

“Do we want garbage trucks parking on residential streets? Of course not,” said de Blasio. “What we’re trying to do every day is figure out the kind of facilities that will help avoid that in the future.”

• District 2 City Council member Carlina Rivera is not pleased.

Per Patch on Wednesday:

"[The Department of Sanitation] must immediately move their vehicles to locations that do not place an undue burden on our vulnerable constituents and mom-and-pop stores and should engage in a meaningful dialogue with these communities," wrote Councilwoman Carlina Rivera in a recent letter to the Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

• This is what the DSNY has to say about the move to 10th Street and other East Side locations.

Per The Villager on Tuesday:

[T]he Sanitation Department says that this is the only option until another garage location is secured.

“In short, we’ve been working for years to find garage space, which is the only solution,” said Belinda Mager, the department’s spokesperson. “This is the option of last resort, and what’s needed to be able to provide essential services to the district.”

• This is getting ugly.

Per ABC 7 last night:

A feud over garbage trucks parking on a residential street in the East Village heated up Thursday after a New York City Sanitation Department employee was captured by a surveillance camera dumping trash out of his garbage truck into a planter on E 10th Street between First and Second Avenues outside Pinks...

• And that Post headline from Sunday:



Aside from 10th Street, garbage trucks are also being parked by P.S. 184 on Cherry Street on the Lower East Side. CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer told me that she's also receiving complaints from many parents there.

Rivera and CB3 officials will be meeting with DSNY officials early next week.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Questions and concerns as the sanitation department begins using 10th Street to park garbage trucks

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thank you for 35 years of reheating leftovers and other microwaving activities



Someone discarded their microwave on 12th Street and Avenue A last evening... but not before leaving a note of appreciation on the appliance... "Broken. 35 yrs of service. RIP."



Thanks for @PerJennifer for the photos!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today in epic poems discarded on 2nd Avenue



Derek Berg spotted a copy of "Hermann and Dorothea" up for grabs on Second Avenue... hard to read the inscription, dated 1883, because of the lack of emojis...