May 18, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Long Island City’s waterfront park will be getting a lot cleaner this summer, as the city will be installing additional trash cans at Hunters Point South Park in coming weeks.
NYC Parks will install four trash cans in about two weeks time through certain areas of the park, including along its pier fencing directly by the river, and near the sand volleyball court adjacent to LIC Landing, according to Rob Basch, President of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.
NYC Parks will also be revising their trash pickup schedule to help avoid too much trash-build up at the park.
Basch said the additional trash cans come after years of advocacy on behalf of the group, as well as complaints from the public on the park’s cleanliness. More trash cans, he added, are also needed to accommodate for the influx of people to the park once Phase II below 54th Avenue opens this summer.
The locations for the new trash cans were selected after the Conservancy and NYC Parks did a walk-through of the entire site.
Form a a Gantry/Hunters Park Conservancy, organize, raise money, install your own garbage cans, hire people, give them a jump suit, a broom and dust pan, have them March up and down the water front emptying garbage cans, power washing the grease on the sidewalks next to ther falafel pushcart or food trucks. This will be a solution and not rely on the city and Jimmy “Photo-Op” Van Bramer and his office for a solution.
Add loud music pollution that The Conservancy advocates, that Coffeed blares day and night and the ferry landing.
So NY City workers pick up Coffeed nightclubbers trash, with the cans at the establishment Their license must be revoked.
Nightclub on the water. Big bucks Rob B. and Coffeed owners care less about this community than their wallets.
Thousands and thousands of tourists and others from Queen and other boroughs visit Hunters Point Park along Center Blvd off 50th ave and 51st. There are weddings, and every kind of party you can imagine at the water front and at the Oval and Gantry Park. They flood off the ferry boats and off the 7 train on Vernon Blvd. They bring beer, wine and fast food and balloons and their dogs to the dog parks. By Monday morning or neighborhood is trashed and along 50th and 51st poo bags and trash line the sidewalks and streets. 59,000 or more all gave to walk up to Vernon ave to the 7 train and the one bus the Q103 MTA bus we have. The park needs trash cans to line Center ave down to the new phase 2 park as well as we need some on 50th and 51st. I can appreciate Jimmy Vanbrammer’s office that gas been writing letters to tge sanitation dept for 3 years to advocate for trash cans on 50th and 51st but as long as the sanitation dept is in denial that this area “is not high foot traffic” they will sit on their hands and deny we need any. It has gotten so bad that local residents have resorted into buying huge plastic cans from home depot or Costco and lined the North side if 50th ave. Funny thing is 2 different trash trucks pick up trash twice a week late at night on 50th. Adding more cans along 50th woukd not need a new route added just a crew more mins to empty the 2 or 3 new cans. I feel the water front is fast becoming the next Coney Island. Oh let me add except for by the school on 51st there is a stop sign but like at 50th and Center one if the mist busy intersections there is no traffic control remedies. There needs to be a stop sign or 3 way stop signal there and pedestrians crossing sign. So many almost get hit by cars or trucks there.
James E agree with you. These are the friends of Jimmy Van Bramer who is always there for his next photo-op, bet a dollar he will show up for the install of the four garbage cans and how his office was instrumental, etc, etc. Wish the problems on the south side of the blvd were so simple, homeowners in Blissville being outnumbered by the homeless every hotel in the area being turned into a homeless shelter, homeowners in Blissville now experiencing quality of life issues like syringes on the sidewalk, people just taking a seat and hanging out on stoops smoking weed, drinking beer, urinating and this will only get worse as the summer heat rolls in.
Someone is pretending to be me (James E.), but I could not have said it better, our facebook members at http://www.HuntersPointCrossing.com Have been fighting for the cans for a very long time, I announced the cans weeks ago on our site after talks with the Parks Department and I announced the new hours and shifts, which we had asked for two years ago. You know it is funny How Van Bramer and these so called groups who are part of the problem, take credit when we did it all and they did nothing. The conservancy supports all these events that Make their friends at LIC Landing money (and free drinks for them & 3% for the conservancy) and these events are part of the problem. Bring more people, you get more trash, more vandalism, graffiti etc etc etc. The lamp display in the park under the guise of ART is a paid event for LIC Landing and a promotion for Home Goods. Look at the eyesore now after almost two weeks. Looks like a bad garage sale. Rob Barsch didn’t seem too interested two years ago when we tried to talk about this at a Civic meeting. Kept telling us we have to move on on almost every topic. Problem is, he wants to be friends with everyone, politicians, restaurant owners etc. You can not be friends with everyone when you need to get things done and advocate for the community. You have to be prepared to fight. And as for his comment he did a “walk through with parks department”, we do this every day in our group, sometimes several times a day and we meet with the owner of LIC Landing to discuss improvements to his area and our members have direct hot lines to parks personal as well as their e mails to get things done quick. It took us 3 years of fighting to be able to get things done almost right away. And at the same Civic meeting, I and several other residents asked Norman who was the Supervisor of the park back then for staggered hours. After many phone calls weeks ago, we got them to agree and this was announced over a week ago on our facebook site. I know almost every park employee schedule so we can take care of problems quickly. Stop with the mirrors Van Bramer and you guys at the conservancy. We know the game and we are not playing it anymore, we gave you all so many chances to fix things and you all ignored. We live here on the water and you do not. We are running things since you all proved what is really important to you and that is your well connected friends. Everyone cleans up in Hunters Point South and it’s the residents who pay the price. The Parks department has made it very clear to us and to you, that you have no special powers, you need permits for everything you do, you can not just decide to do a event. And we will enforce it.
4 cans for a park that sees about a thousand people every day; more on the weekend. The foot traffic from the ferry alone is about 1,000 people a day. It all adds up to lots of garbage that spills all over, winds and piggy ppl. Add in the bar n food place, the dog walkers, lunch recess for the public school kids, park regulars, and first times. And the expensive solution is too pick up the garbage more often? The Conservancy taking half credit when they should be embarrassed. What a wacky world we live in.
P.S. something nice would be to make HPS a recycling point for bottles and a mulching center for food waste.
Rob Barsch and his parks conservevancy had nothing to do with getting these trash cans. They are the ones causing all the trash with their high priced events that are lining their pockets with money that should be spend on the parks. We called the parks department we made the noise we wrote articles that 100’s of thousands of people saw. Get your facts strate LIC post!
Just 4 more cans? Try 40, or 400.
Whats the point? You need to educate people to put the trash in the can. The parks department people should just go around giving disposable trash bags to those who are picnicking and remind them to pick up after themselves.
Yeah, walked the dog last night near the sand and less than 15 feet away from a garbage can on either side sat a bag of take out food containers and scraps below a bench.