NO GARBAGE TRANSFER in the neighborhood please!

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Ugly!

I never had any plans to allow politics have a place in my blog. OK, those who really spelled out my weblog know I made some reports about the elections, like Super Tuesday 2008 and Election Day 2008. Those were just observations! More recently I made a statement about the Coney Island Boardwalk. This blog is going one step further...!

Today, when I walked to the subway station people were distributing leaflets like this one and this one, informing the residents about a project that the city is trying to realize at 91st street and the East River, a municipal garbage transfer station!

That is a few blocks away from where I live! I might even see the station from my living room! The building will be built on the shore next to the FDR Drive.

One truck every 1.5 minute!
It will be 10 stories tall, and process 500 trucks of garbage 6 days per week, 24 hours per day. That is one truck coming/going every 1.5 minutes! An insane idea. Nowhere in the whole city is one doing such a thing. So, why in a densely populated area, with schools, hospitals, a city park (Carl Schurz Park), residential buildings, a sports facility, etc., that already has the worst air quality in the whole city?

A very enthusiastic committee of worried residents has been founded, Residents for Sane Trash Solutions. They are writing letters to politicians, filing lawsuits and are lobbying. There is a lot of support. Mostly in the neighborhood, of course, but also from e.g. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot of the famous flight US1549, the plane that landed in the Hudson (after hitting birds). He thinks the presence of the garbage transfer station (and the birds it will attract) close to LaGuardia Airport is a potential danger to air safety.

Let's hope politicians will "see the light" and cancel this fatal idea. In the meantime feel free to visit the RSTS' website, (http://sanetrash.org/subscribe/) and sign up and support the fight against the garbage!

Thank you!

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Ugly!
Ugly!
One truck every 1.5 minute!
One truck every 1.5 minute!
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