“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Garbage is sent by truck, train, and barge to states near and far.” Yet as NYC Trash! reveals, this is only a recent development. In 19th-century Manhattan, the streets were, in a word, disgusting. With no official system to remove trash, it just piled up. Photographs by Jacob A. Riis capture the squalid conditions of the trash-strewn tenement neighborhoods. During his brief reign as commissioner of New York’s Department of Street Cleaning from 1895 to 1898, the Civil War veteran Colonel George Edwin Waring, Jr. brought a military-style order to his street sweepers, who sported pristine white helmets that got them the nickname “White Wings.” Photographs from an 1895 issue of Harper’s Weekly show the startling difference between the grime and debris on the streets before and after Waring.NYC Trash! has more in text and photographs than objects (unless, of course, you count the whole City Reliquary), but there is a large case packed with selections from the Treasure in the Trash Museum. As previously profiled on Hyperallergic, the the museum is located in an East Harlem sanitation garage, and is brimming with curiosities both mundane and rare saved by now retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina. In the NYC Trash! display, a row of Furbies and array of old cellphones are joined by family heirlooms and an old taxi meter. Nearby are bottles and a horse bone found at Dead Horse Bay, a former Brooklyn landfill that is being eroded, so trash is constantly littering its beach. Later landfills, like the 2,200-acre Freshkills on Staten Island which opened in 1948 and closed in 2001, were similarly destructive to the city’s environment, although its heaps of trash are now being transformed into a park.One wall is devoted to seven local artists and organizations that address urban waste, including Mierle Laderman Ukeles who recently had a retrospective on her work as artist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation, streetscape photographer Larry Racioppo, Hack:Trash:NYC that hosts hackathons on waste management, the Lower East Side Ecology Center that collects electronic waste, and Material for the Arts that collects and distributes art supplies to schools and nonprofits. The City Reliquary is also hosting complementary programing, such as an upcoming screening of Canners (2017) on collectors of New York City’s cans and bottles, and a tour of the Treasures in the Trash Museum. In April, an installation of trash art by local artists will open in the City Reliquary sculpture garden. While the exhibition itself is small, it is an engaging portal to the ongoing challenge of New York’s trash, and how your trash does not truly disappear after it vanishes from the sidewalk curb.Installation view of NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future at the City ReliquaryInstallation...
Thursday, October 5, 2017 NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in the case against a man accused of detonating a homemade bomb in the heart of Manhattan were given a firsthand look on Thursday at a hulking piece of evidence that the government says shows the defendant's determination to do harm: a dumpster destroyed by the blast.During testimony by a bomb squad investigator, federal prosecutors lifted the cover off of the mangled, waist-high trash bin — the kind used to remove construction debris — that had been wheeled into the New York City courtroom and placed in front of the jury box at the trial of Ahmad Khan Rahimi.The explosion, caused by a homemade device placed next to the bin, was powerful enough to send it flying 120 feet across a busy street in Chelsea in an attack that injured 30 people on the night of Sept. 17, 2016.The New York Police Department bomb squad investigator, Jason Hallik, testified that the attacker used a pressure-cooker bomb designed to cause "pure devastation." The ingredients included ball bearings meant to serve as shrapnel and a cellphone used as a detonator, he said.As panic spread, a second pressure-cooker bomb was discovered a few... (mySanAntonio.com)
She cited a train derailment in late June that injured dozens in Manhattan, a report finding that street homeless had spiked, and the assassination of NYPD officer Miosotis Familia in The Bronx in the span of a week.“During those three incidents, you chose not to stay with your city … Instead, you chose to go to Germany to protest,” said Malliotakis. “What kind of person are you? What kind of mayor are you that you would leave your city during a time like that?”De Blasio shot back that Malliotakis wasn’t “familiar with the facts,” noting that he visited the hospital the night of the shooting, and with officers in Familia’s precinct the next day before flying to a protest in Germany against President Trump.“I went to the hospital the night she was shot,” he said. “I was in the room when we had to tell her daughter… that her mother passed away.”Dietl, who spoke at shouting volume, attacked de Blasio for hiring Joe Ponte to head the Department of Correction.Ponte, who hailed from Maine, stepped down months ago after getting embroiled in a scandal involving his personal use of city vehicles and spending 35 workdays outside the state in a single year.“He hired that nincompoop Pompy – Ponte – from Maine. The guy was guarding some mooses up there,” Dietl said, mispronouncing his name at first. “The guy was fishing in Maine while we were paying him on our city cars.”De Blasio hit his opponents for their support of Trump and repeatedly pressed Malliotakis to explain why she backed him.“Did you honestly believe that Donald Trump would be a better president for New York City, for the people of New York City, than... (New York Post)
This disaster is hammering taxpayers. City comptroller Scott Stringer reports that City Hall spent $73 million to shelter homeless people in 30 Manhattan hotels between November 1, 2015, and last October 31. This included rooms in Times Square for $629 per night. Taxpayers plowed $222-per-night into Financial District accommodations. At $6,600 per month, this was triple the rents for nearby studio apartments. Malliotakis should fix this catastrophe by mothballing the welcome mat that de Blasio rolled out for America’s street dwellers. They now see the Big Apple as their oyster: If you can fail here, you can fail anywhere. As derelict Guy Ritchie, 55, told the New York Post in August, “the city is my den, my living room, my bathroom — everything.” Rejecting this attitude, and empowering police officers to keep bums moving, would start to turn this wretched tide. Malliotakis also should promise zero tolerance for shantytowns and now-ubiquitous sidewalk encampments. A very relaxed homeless man on Central Park West this summer connected two metal police barricades and pushed them against one of the park’s stone walls. Inside this triangular “residence,” he added a bench, a radio, and a burning stick of incense. The cops should have dismantled this display of dysfunction and sent the hobo packing. Malliotakis should propose privatizing the sidewalks of New York. Granting building owners the pavement in front of their structures, in exchange for property-tax payments, would put them in charge. They then could tell bums to beat it. Many, if not most, ‘homeless’ are seriously alcoholic, severely drug addicted, gravely mentally ill, or all of the above. Rather than yet another affordable-housing project, what thousands of these sometimes-violent people need is serious psychological intervention. Malliotakis also should be frank: Few of these people are simply homeless. Lots are al fresco lunatics. A lack of low-income housing does not explain the man who sat on concrete at the corner of Fourth Avenue and East 14th Street in late July, sipping Coors from a can at 8:55 a.m. The disheveled, barefoot man who recently suffered uncontrollable tremors on a West 17th Street stoop was not waiting for rents to drop 10 percent so he could occupy his dream apartment. Many, if not most, “homeless” are seriously alcoholic, severely... (National Review)
Straphangers described "knee-deep" crowds on platforms from Manhattan to Brooklyn to QueensThe MTA has promised appropriate discipline after poorly secured trash on a southbound refuse train at 14th Street fell on the tracks, causing a single train to get stuck twice -- once in Manhattan and once in Brooklyn -- and a series of sweeping subway disruptions during Wednesday's morning rush. The agency blamed "operator error" for the ensuing nightmare that stranded thousands upon thousands of riders, left others in what customers described as "knee-deep" crowds on platforms and caused hours worth of delays.It started when a southbound Q train got stuck north of the Canal Street station around 6 a.m. because of the trash issue. Forty five minutes later, it got stuck again, this time at DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. The latter breakdown at DeKalb, a major crossroads where any problem can immediately impact multiple train lines, caused major disruptions on the B, D, E, F, M, N, Q and R trains for hours.It wasn't immediately clear how many workers were responsible for the trash fiasco, and the nature of any disciplinary action wasn't specified."New York City Transit and the MTA have zero tolerance for worker errors tha... (NBC New York)