The city is removing the garbage trucks that were parking overnight on 10th Street
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is moving its fleet of garbage trucks away from 10th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
DSNY officials said that the trucks will temporarily relocate to Pier 42 along the East River starting today for the next three months.
The move came nearly a month after Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick introduced legislation to ban overnight garbage truck parking for residential streets citywide.
“We are so thankful that DSNY has relocated the trucks to a more appropriate location and grateful for the help of our local elected officials … for making this happen,” 10th Street resident Michelle Lang told me in an email. “While we just learned that this is a temporary fix, we hope that the trucks will not return to residential streets in the city.”
In a statement issued last night, Hoylman called this “the sweet smell of success!” He continued: “Hopefully, life will resume to normal for the residents and small businesses along East 10th Street who’ve been dealing with this stinky situation for over a year.”
As I first reported on Sept. 18, 2018, the DSNY started using this section of 10th Street to park up to seven garbage trucks from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., including on Sundays. The DSNY no longer had use of their garage on 30th Street, and the solution was to relocate their fleet to residential blocks.
City officials had promised to look into this parking practice, but nothing ever happened. In September 2018, shortly after the trucks arrived, Mayor de Blasio promised to “relieve the immediate pressure” on 10th Street. “Do we want garbage trucks parking on residential streets? Of course not,” said de Blasio, as CBS 2 reported on Sept. 26, 2018.
Despite meetings and direct pleas from residents of 10th Street and local elected officials, the city never took any action to relocate the trucks. With the city’s inaction, officials turned to state legislation to get something done.
And why park here? The Theater for the New City complex at 155 First Ave. near 10th Street was previously used by DSNY for storage, and they still maintain space in the facility for crews.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• Questions and concerns as the sanitation department begins using 10th Street to park garbage trucks