Restaurants Contend with Trash Mess as Bags Ripped Open

Posted on: October 5th, 2020 at 5:07 am by

Photo: Boogie reader Porkchop

With outdoor dining and a sanitation slowdown, overflowing trash around the neighborhood has become a bonanza for area homeless.

Readers report that homeless are tearing open trash bags placed curbside for pickup, leaving behind a smorgasbord of refuse. And a liability for restaurants.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine hit the news last week after surveillance cameras caught a man sifting through garbage bags late night in its dining corral on Rivington Street. The contents were strewn onto the ground. Co-owner Debbie Weiner shared the experience on Instagram.

Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year trimmed more than $21 million for waste basket pickup from the Sanitation Department budget amid the fiscal crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. This meant reducing service from seven to three days a week.

View this post on Instagram

Garbage

A post shared by Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery (@sssbakery) on

Recent Stories

Trees in East River Park Marked for ‘Demolition’

Over a thousand trees will be uprooted later this fall when the city commences its demolition and redevelopment of East River Park. Faux demolition flyers now dot the park to raise awareness of the impending arborcide for the controversial resiliency project. The bright-red bills announce trees as “marked for demolition by the mayor and City […]

Upside Pizza Heads to Little Italy, Replacing Pomodoro on Spring Street

Out with the old style, in with the new. Pomodoro Pizzeria, which shuttered at the outset of the pandemic, is to be replaced by the popular midtown slice shop, Upside Pizza. Founder Noam Grossman and partners Eli and Oren Halali (behind 2 Brothers and Taqueria Diana) together submitted an application to Community Board 2 for […]

Looking at the Luxury Conversion of the Former Bialystoker Nursing Home

Conversion of the former Bialystoker Nursing Home is well underway on East Broadway. Work commenced a year ago, but visible progress is now palpable. The landmark building – designated as such in 2013 – is encased in scaffolding, elevator shaft, and cranes, and windows busted out. In the near future, it will yield more luxury […]

Petisco Vegano to Close Tomorrow, Blaming ‘Difficult’ Landlord

Petisco Vegano, the reimagined iteration of Cafe Petisco, this week joins the rank of restaurant closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Last day in business is tomorrow (October 20). Ownership took to Instagram Friday evening with a screed blaming the landlord for making it “extremely difficult for us to operate” since March. Apparently, there was […]

CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]