Department of Sanitation

City Sanitation Trucks Seize Pier 42 Space for Parking

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

The perennially delayed Pier 42 public park has taken on a different function in the offseason. It’s returned to the previous purpose as parking lot. Several readers living on the waterfront point out that the Department of Sanitation, which maintains a hub just down the coast, has now taken to parking its trucks in the […]

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Sanitation Snow Plow Rams Hotel Construction Site on Broome Street

Posted March 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

Earlier this morning, a Department of Sanitation snow plow rammed into the hotel construction site at the southeast corner of Broome and Allen Streets. It appears the vehicle – cleaning the area – cut the turn too sharply and bowled into the sidewalk bridge, which is now unstable. First responders are on the scene to […]

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Nearly 2 Feet of Snow is Coming, One Sanitation Worker Prepares

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Everyone is getting ready for the imminent snowstorm this week, which could dump nearly two feet of snow on New York City. Whole Foods is notoriously elbow-to-elbow busy with doomsday shoppers. Down at the Department of Sanitation silo of salt, preparations are underway to ensure supply is ample. Caught this lone bulldozer sitting atop an enormous […]

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MulchFest is Back, So Start Hauling Out Those Christmas Trees

Posted January 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

Nothing is a bigger pain in the ass than figuring out how to get rid of your deader-than-dead Fraser Fir after the holidays. But as a result of last year’s MulchFest success, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC are giving New Yorkers an easy out again this year for disposing of their Christmas trees – […]


Department of Sanitation Unveils ‘Safe Disposal’ Center for Harmful Household Waste

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:39 am

The Department of Sanitation foothold on Pike Slip at the base of the Manhattan Bridge recently experienced a makeover. This, of course, is a base of operations where the city agency maintains a salt silo for battling winter storms. However, as of last month, there is now a more resident-facing function onsite. A new “Household Special […]

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19th Century Lower East Side Sanitation and the Rivington Street Dump [HISTORY]

Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

Our rebellious Rivington has even more crazy history! Didja know its eastern terminus was once a dump? Yep. Back in the 19th century, there was a pier right where Rivington Street met the river (like many roads in lower Manhattan that terminated east and west), and that pier’s name was “60.” It was here that a combination […]

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Department of Sanitation Now Seizing Carts of Cans and Bottles?

Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

The sight is as common on the streets of Chinatown as loogie-hocking pedestrians. Older Chinese women rummaging through garbage bags to snatch cans and bottles for a payday. Many of the collectors work at night, and often bring along their children. It’s a hyper-competitive climate that can get ugly.  We once witnessed two ladies battling […]


Cleanup from ‘The Knick’ on Orchard Street Is Not Yet Complete

Posted November 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

A week of living in the fake past is now complete; it’s back to the reality of the “new” Lower East Side. That said, set takedown for The Knick is still underway, hitting a road bump due to Veterans Day observance. Over the weekend, however, saw the laborious task of scraping up the dirt that […]

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At the Sanitation Salt Dump on Pike Slip

Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

At the southernmost point of Pike slip, beneath the blue undercarriage of the Manhattan Bridge, sits this open-air storage facility.

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Sandy Aftermath: Unsung Heroes of the Cleanup Effort

Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

The destruction and loss are palpable from blocks away. Right off Midland Avenue in Staten Island, storm-battered houses are being gutted.