‘Open Streets’ Create Open Trash Mess on Lower East Side

Posted on: September 30th, 2020 at 5:14 am by

Photo: Orchard Street Block Association

The intersection of Orchard and Broome Streets has become a dumping grounds on weekends, according to several neighbors. Comparisons abound to Hell Square immediately north of Delancey Street.

This block, like many others, takes advantage of the city’s “Open Streets” plan that allows restaurants to push onto the streets and sidewalks to serve customers. A plan that Mayor de Blasio essentially made permanent last week, stating that establishments can remain outside year-round. Yet, one of the less talked about side effects of this arrangement  – trash pileup – continues to plague the block. Especially in light of the city’s reduced sweeping activity (down to once per week since June).

For instance, neighbors are quick to point out the trash buildup happening between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. Oftentimes outside Oliver Zabar’s Broome Street newcomer, Devon, on many weekends.

This has become just another routine sight in these parts.

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