Jan. 14, 2013 By Christian Murray
Long Island City residents will learn Wednesday what streets the Department of Sanitation plans to clean—as a means to get rid of litter, waste and unsightly garbage from the curbs.
The Long Island City community has been calling on the city to introduce street cleaning for years. Last year, a petition–signed by hundreds of Hunters Point residents– called on city officials to introduce regulatory scheduled street cleaning. The petitioners argued that the LIC is no longer an industrial area and that its residents deserve such services.
Residents seek street cleaning services between 44th Drive (North) to Borden Ave (South)—and from Center Boulevard (West) to Jackson Ave (East).
The Department of Sanitation will present its preliminary list at the Community Board 2 meeting at PS 1 MOMA. “The list is a proposal and will be subject to community feedback,” said Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board.
The level of street cleaning coverage will be influenced by its department’s current schedule and equipment at its disposal, Conley said. The city has also got to secure funding for it.
However, not all residents are support street cleaning. Many residents who rely on street parking would have to move their vehicles on a weekly basis if street cleaning were to commence—since alternate side of the street parking would go into effect.
Currently, residents are able to park in the same spot for weeks.