New DSNY Commish Amps Up Street Cleaning

Starting July 5, cars will have to be moved more than once a week

Street Cleaners to return to pre-pandemic routine. They’ll be kicking up dust and taking names if you don’t move your car according to the signs.

So many have been yearning for a return to normal. Some airplane passengers cheered mid flight when told masks were no longer required, but there are those who still see the value in wearing a mask. Come the day after America’s birthday, most drivers won’t be celebrating the return of fully restored alternate side parking, but those who have seen litter pile up will cheer the increase of street cleaning.

On April 18, the day Jessica S. Tisch was named NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner, she announced that alternate side parking will be fully restored beginning July 5, 2022. This is one part of an $11M investment in cleaner streets that will include year-round protected bike lane cleaning. Bike lane cleaning needs special equipment and personnel, and during this summer a fleet of ten Micromobility Operations Machines (MOMs) will be put into operation. DSNY will have several dozen of these units in two different sizes by the end of next year.

“Environmental justice begins at the street level, and clean streets are vital to vibrant neighborhoods and our city’s economic recovery,” said DSNY Commissioner Tisch. She noted that “The partial suspension of ASP was a pandemic measure to let people stay inside, but it went on for far too long. The dirty little secret here is when ASP went to one day a week instead of two in practice it was like having no cleaning in lots of blocks in this city. That’s not for a lack of trying or care from the Sanitation Department. [It was because] too many people saw a once in awhile ASP ticket as the cost of doing business, so the policy change had a disproportionate effect on the amount of cleaning the agency could do.”

For more information on Alternate Side Parking or Street Cleaning call 311 or go here.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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