2013-10-18 / Top Stories

Taking Out The Garbage


The Department of Sanitation cleans up. The Department of Sanitation cleans up. It’s a dirty business, but residents along Beach 88th and Beach 89th Streets have been complaining for weeks about garbage and weeds overrunning the area near Rockaway Freeway.

Within the shadow of the overhead A train trestle, they documented debris, trash and rampantly overgrowing weeds.

Some of the debris, including pieces of the boardwalk, they say, has been leftover since Hurricane Sandy washed it in.

One resident snapped photos of conditions there and brought them to The Wave.

He stated that many residents had been calling 311, local elected politicians and the Department of Sanitation, but nothing had changed.

He said that some residents had been trying to keep up the area but were no longer able to do so. He also said that a trash can that had been there was carted away by Sanitation and not returned.

“We’ve got kids going down that block,” he said. “It’s a joke.”


Residents photographed some of the garbage they have been complaining about. Residents photographed some of the garbage they have been complaining about. It turns out their efforts paid off.

According to an e-mail communication from the Sanitation Department, “In response to a 311 complaint, DSNY started cleaning this area last week. It was completed yesterday” (Wednesday, October 9th).

DSNY even sent a picture to document the change.



Weeds and garbage line the edges of Rockaway Freeway in the area of Beach 88th and Beach 89th Streets. Weeds and garbage line the edges of Rockaway Freeway in the area of Beach 88th and Beach 89th Streets.

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