NY1 For You: Brooklyn Roadway Cluttered With Discarded Garbage
One street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn has become a virtual wasteland, according to locals who say illegal dumping there is out of control. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
Residents tell NY1 a wide variety of trash gets dumped on a stretch of 64th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
"Anything from a mattress to five-gallon buckets of joint compound," says resident John Bartolomeo. "Construction material, demolition material, bricks, wood, you name it."
From household garbage to trash from restaurants, like a huge pile of bread, the refuse is a disgusting sight to residents who say they have begged the city to clean up.
"I'm here 55 years. I fight this battle all the time. I can't win," says resident Vittoro Asprea. "I don't know what to do no more."
The cause of the dumping, residents believe, is a combination of low lighting, overgrown trees and the presence of a nearby vacant lot.
After residents called NY1, the station contacted the Department of Sanitation, which sent a crew out to the site.
A Sanitation Department spokesman then told NY1 the agency will be working up plans to clean the area and vacant lots and remove the growth. He also said the agency will consider posting "No Dumping" signs in the area.
NY1 will continue to follow this story.
If you'd like "NY1 For You" to look into a problem, call our 24-hour helpline at 1-212-379-3599 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.