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Democrat-controlled council July 18, cuts capacity limits on mostly private solid waste transfer stations in North Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Southeast Queens. Those three areas have 26 of the city’s 38 transfer stations, and those in North Brooklyn alone take in 38 percent of city’s trash. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is expected to sign the bill, which he endorsed last August. The bill was first proposed more than 10 years ago. A coalition of community and environmental advocates sought its passage, as well as Joint Council 16 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has been fighting the growth of non-union labor in the commercial trash carting industry. Litigation Ahead? But National Waste & Recycling Association members are weighing a legal challenge, Steve Changaris, the association’s New York Chapter manager, told Bloomberg Environment. They are focusing in particular on the council’s environmental assessment, a “negative declaration” stating that no full-blown environmental impact statement would be required for the bill, he said. “We’re concerned whether it met the standards for a negative declaration,” said Changaris, whose group testified against the bill in hearings. The association believes that the law will increase costs and reduce jobs. Its stance should be evaluated as part of the social, economic, and transportation effects that would have to be weighed in... (ash Depots in Low-Income Sections Capped In New York City Bill)
Gabaldon said that was short lived. The city's Parks and Recreation director Brook Bench said the lack of trash cans is temporary, at least at Hefflinger Park, but what the city is trying to do is make it easier for city maintenance crews to empty the trash cans. "we'll be able to dump the cans faster and more often then what they are right now. We're trying to alleviate the pain of what it is we have in the maintenance department," Bench said. As it sat before, emptying the cans became a hassle, especially after it rained, so the city is hoping this will alleviate some of the stresses for crews coming to clean up. However, with the dumpster so far away now, some dog park goers have noticed an increased amount of dog feces left on the ground. "If they can’t just dispose of it right away, they kind of just look the other way with their dog goes number two," McCormack said. The extra dog poop on the grounds make some worry more people won't use the dog parks in the future. "It's not the end of the world, but I think it definitely creates more of a lack of cleanliness at the park now because now there's just a lot more waste around kind of where you're walking," Gabaldon said.Bench said they will put a dumpster on each of the park to make it easier for patrons to dispose of their dog's waste. The Omaha Dog Parks Advocates did post a message on their Facebook page to notify dog park goers of the changes. The city expects the dumpsters to be set up within the next week, weather permitting. (WOWT)
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A man was found dead next to a dumpster in Brooklyn Monday morning, police said.The gruesome discovery was made behind 930 Halsey St., not far from the Halsey Street subway station that services the M, J and Z lines.Police received a call about 10:30 a.m. about an unconscious person at that loation. When officers arrived, they found a fully clothed man unconscious and unresponsive on the ground next to a dumpster.The 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.The deceased’s identity is being withheld until his family is notified, police said. (WPIX 11 New York)
Dumpster discoveryHagen's article, entitled "In the Mind of Brooke Lynne Crews: A Look into the Life and Secret Thoughts of the Main Suspect," is based on a remarkable collection of materials — detailed journals containing highly personal thoughts, annotated calendars, love letters believed to have been written to Hoehn, Christmas cards, medical and tax records, college psychology textbooks, and more.Hagen found the materials in a dumpster a block away from the apartment building on Ninth Street North in Fargo where LaFontaine-Greywind lived with her family in a basement apartment, and the suspects lived on the third floor.The reporter does not say in the article whether he discovered the materials himself or was given them, but when contacted Thursday he said he found them himself within the last two weeks. Apparently they were thrown out when new tenants were moving into the suspects' former apartment.Hagen said he was surprised by the volume and types of material he found, but also "disappointed." He added, "Most of the stuff from 2017 and 2016 wasn't there. Police apparently took everything from the recent years."Although Chief Todd said he is confident Hagen does not possess any materials that would be valuable to the case, he said police will be contacting him and would like to look at what he found."I think we've seen it before, but we just want to be on the safe side and be sure," Todd said.When Hagen was asked if he would show the materials to police if they requested to see them, he said, "If they come with a search warrant. If not, no."When told what Hagen said, Todd laughed. "We'll talk to him," he said, "and see where things go from there."Crews and Hoehn have each been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping in the death of 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind who disappeared in August while eight months pregnant and whose body was found in the Red River eight days later.When police raided the couple's apartment in August and arrested Crews, they found a newborn child, which proved to belong to LaFontaine-Greywind and her boyfriend Ashton Matheny.Ethical questionsTodd and Burdick said there was nothing illegal about Hagen taking personal property from a dumpster. However, a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, raised questions about whether everything Hagen did was ethical.Lee Wilkins, a professor e... (WDAY)
From its bell jars containing Croton Aqueduct stalactites, to ephemera from the defunct Chinatown newsstand Petrella’s Point, Brooklyn’s City Reliquary is a shrine to New York artifacts that many would view as trash. In their current exhibition NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future, curated by Bill Scanga, the nonprofit in Williamsburg is delving deeper into the city’s battle with its garbage.NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future</em> at the City Reliquary" width="360" height="529" srcset="https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nyctrash4-360x529.jpg 360w, https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nyctrash4-720x1059.jpg 720w, https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nyctrash4-1080x1588.jpg 1080w, https://hyperallergic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nyctrash4.jpg 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 360px) 100vw, 360px" />“NYC Trash Landmarks” map by Gina Kosty in NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future at the City Reliquary“Today New York’s waste has no place within the city’s borders,” Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence for New York City’s Department of Sanitation, states on one of the exhibition labels. “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, w...