2003-06-13 / Community

Arverne Delivery System Blights Happiness

By Bernard Blum
Arverne Delivery System Blights Happiness By Bernard Blum


Early morning in May traffic tie-ups with fire retardant spillage on Beach Channel Drive  and B. 67 Street.Early morning in May traffic tie-ups with fire retardant spillage on Beach Channel Drive and B. 67 Street.

Diagonally across the street from my home is a big Arverne lot. So the Sanitation Department strips off the topsoil and living vegetation, threatens with arrest if the public does not leave it (in habitual public use for years – a wide open lot), and replaces it with an urban landfill grade mix of non-putrescible garbage mixed with topsoil. The topper is the use of trucks without license plates (front nor rear). A dumping sign there has an ironic ring to it there!

This Department has also stripped the steel curbing edge, where I live, and l3eft a spiked end not to be parked near (a messy snow removal operation that scarred a number of Beach Channel Drive curbs).

So when in early May the delivery of fire retardant (actually spillage from a damaged truck) to the street that brought on a Sanitation officer with van and a big tow truck, it seems to be part of a chain of happenings. I was assured it would be cleaned up and it was. An interesting blitz all the same and not happiness producing.


Spilled fire retardant near B. 67 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Note pavement concrete boulder delivery and broken sidewalk to add to joy on this spot!Spilled fire retardant near B. 67 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Note pavement concrete boulder delivery and broken sidewalk to add to joy on this spot!

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