Ridgewood in Queens became a dumping ground after the city removed area litter baskets. Residents reached out to NY1 For You and after our story aired a local politician stepped in to help out. NY1’s Susan Jhun filed the following report.
Bags of household trash used to pile up on the corners of Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood until residents reached out to NY1 For You back in July.
"It really looks awful,” said resident Maureen Walthers.
"The smell and the way it looks, it's terrible,” added resident Arthur Figueroa.
At the time, area residents told NY1 the problem had been growing for several months, brought on by the removal of city litter baskets. We contacted The Department of Sanitation and a spokeswoman confirmed four baskets were removed earlier in the year due to chronic residential and commercial misuse.
The spokeswoman said DSNY Enforcement would continue to monitor the area, and the night task force would conduct surveillance during the evening hours.
Now, the trashy site has been transformed. After our story aired, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley committed over $68,000 in additional discretionary funding to hire the DOE Fund’s “Men in Blue” to clean Fresh Pond Road from Myrtle to Metropolitan Avenues.
"They're here for three days out of the week and they last for about six hour shifts cleaning the avenue and bringing a fresh new feeling to Fresh Pond Road,” said Crowley.
"It's totally different, it's squeaky clean,” said a resident.
It’s an improvement residents are grateful for.