The snow is finally melting and the streets are finally clear...
... thanks to 'Mr. Sun' and NOT to the Department of Sanitation...
...and we are keeping shovels handy because there is more snow promised tomorrow:
And here is the beautiful sight we see when we look out our front door ~ GARBAGE!
Up the block there is a multiple-dwelling so they have even more garbage piled up...
The Sanitation Department did not do a very good job of plowing and salting the streets of New York, and they haven't picked up garbage since before Christmas, so this is what has greeted Jayden and myself, block after block as we walk to and from his school each day this week:
And as bad as our neighborhood is, other neighborhoods are much worse! Here are photos I took from the internet of Harlem, Brooklyn, and Staten Island:
Raymond said the streets of Manhattan are lined with trash walls taller than him, especially in front of high rise apartment buildings and restaurants.
But snow mounds and piled up garbage is the least of it.
There is talk that this is all due to Sanitation workers/supervisors/unions retaliating over lay-offs due to budget cuts. Of course the union is denying this, I hear the supervisors are denying this, but some of the workers are blowing the whistle on this travesty.
And I say travesty because there have been two deaths in this city due to the fact that emergency vehicles could not get through the unplowed streets in time to save lives.
In Brooklyn a woman gave birth to her baby in the lobby of her building, it took EMS workers ten hours to reach her. The mother lived, the baby died.
An elderly woman in Corona was having difficulty breathing, her daughter and neighbors called 911, it took over three hours for EMS to reach the woman, she did not survive.
So, if it's true, that workers are saying they were instructed to go down streets with their plows UP, and, if it's true that they were told to wait inside their trucks for 'further instructions' and those 'instructions' didn't come for over five hours, then I have just two questions to ask the Sanitation Department of New York City. Do you feel vindicated now that you got your message out to us? Was it worth it?
5 weeks ago