From time to time I get emails or have conversations with Bed-Stuy residents about various quality of life issues that are not being adequately addressed by the proper city departments and neighborhood leaders.
A Bed-Stuy resident recently sent me some images of a lot near his home that has been strewn with all sorts of litter and debris for well over a year. The lot is located on Throop between Jefferson and Hancock, and for some reason he hasn’t been able to get it cleaned up even though he’s appealed to the city councilman, the community board AND 311.
His most recent plea for assistance came in the form of a letter:
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 14:36:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: [Email redacted]
Subject: Fwd: District 36 Resident With Sanitation Issue
Dear Councilman Vann,
I am writing to to request your assistance in resolving an ongoing sanitation issue in our district. There is a large and growing dump site just three blocks from your office. I wrote to your office regarding this issue 10 months ago and also filed a complaint with the Community Board (complaint # N4606). It was eventually cleaned up, but the dumping started again shortly thereafter. I have attached three images, one shows the dump site as it appeared last year, a second picture of how it looks as of this morning, and a map of its location.
I have seen men locking and unlocking the the dilapidated gate, and I often see a van parked in the lot, so someone is using the property. This is not just unsightly and a health issue; kids play nearby and that lot is a crime scene just waiting to happen.
I have cc:’d Ms. Phillips email address at the Community Board. Ms. Nyack helped me on this issue last year.
This would not be allowed to occur on the Upper West Side. Why do the residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant have to put up with this?
I can be reached at [phone number redacted] if you need any more information. Below is the email I sent to your office last year.
Thank you for your help,
Here’s another letter that he sent 10 months prior to the above email:
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 23:37:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: [Email redacted]
Subject: District 36 Resident With Sanitation Issue
My name is [name withheld] and I am a resident of your council district. I live at [address withheld]. I am hoping you can help clean up a pile of garbage that has been accumulating in a lot next to 535 Throop Street. It’s just two blocks north of your offices.
I have attached two images, one shows the pile’s location (marked with an x) and the other is a photo of the pile itself. The lot is apparently city property. Not only is this unsightly, but it’s also a safety hazard for children that play in the area.
Feel free to contact me at this email address or at [phone number redacted] if you have any questions.
Thanks in advance,
While I’ve never seen this particular lot, Bed-Stuy has so many trash-strewn lots that I’ve had the opportunity to see many others like it. How is it that the same neighborhood that received top honors in the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest has to deal with these eyesores? What do we have to do to get the powers that be to enforce the laws that impact quality of life in Bed-Stuy?
What does a resident have to do to get help around here?