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February 22, 2012
CEO, Battery Park City Authority
Now that we have addressed the dog doo issue, can we move on to the filth that has been infiltrating BPC. I have lived here since 1996 and I can’t remember when it has been this disgusting.
I was contemplating documenting with pictures but found that this would be a daunting task considering the amount of litter including glass bottles, cans, paper, foil from sandwiches, plastic bags, coffee containers, coffee wraps, broken glass, Styrofoam and cigarette butts. (And I thought everyone gave up smoking!)
The filthiest block is West Thames between South End and the river. Gristedes’ is especially at fault as are the 2 buildings across the street. This happens whenever garbage is put out for pick up. The sidewalks and street are strewn with all of the above, as is the area inside the fence of the trees. The other areas that are disgusting is the block where BPC Day Nursery, Benvenuti’s and Hudson Produce reside. Albany Street by the Parking Garage is also always littered with all of the above and broken glass and mirrors. And then there is the sidewalk in front of the Chase bank on South End Ave which everyone has commented on ad infinitum.
The other day I found a dead rat while walking my dogs along the path by 225 Rector and the basketball courts. It was lying on the cobble stones. I reported this to the concierge but he claimed that it was not on their property and that I would have to report to the Battery conservancy. The next day, while walking my dogs I saw someone from the Conservancy and told him. He then removed the dead rat that had been lying there for 2 days. The very next day, a baby rat walked across the same path right in front of us.
Today, I walked by the Mercantile Exchange building and there were more cigarette butts in the planted areas than in the sand filled pots.
My question is, who is responsible? Why are we (BPC owners/residents) paying such exorbitant maintenance only to live in such squalor?
I look forward to your reply.
Maureen Barry Somerville