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Pew! Parked Sanitation Trucks Make A Stink In East Village

August 18, 2019 - 6:27 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City garbage trucks are parking every day along residential streets in the East Village, creating a stinky mess for business and residents.

Crystal Field from the Theater of New York City, an off-off-Broadway theater on East 10th Street, says imagine as an audience member “you’re seeing a beautiful show that’s uplifting.”

Then you walk outside during intermission to get some fresh air “and you see a bunch of garbage trucks. It’s not helpful.”

“They smell terrible. They look terrible,” Field said. “The rodent population has increased.”

Twenty-one big, nasty-smelling Department of Sanitation garbage trucks have turned local streets around East 10th Street and First Avenue into their own personal parking lot.

It’s been that way for nearly a year due to a lack of garage space.

Council Member Carlina Rivera, who represents the area, says something might be done if “we put these trucks on a street in front of a certain house in Park Slope.”

“I have a feeling that they would be moved almost immediately,” Rivera said, alluding to Mayor de Blasio’s home.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is leading an effort to force the de Blasio administration to move the trucks somewhere else, as the nose-tingling behemoths have hurt local businesses.

"The smell stays. And the rodents stay," Maloney said at an event Sunday. "People don't want to wait in lines to go into a restaurant with an incredible smell next to them."