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Sanitation

Impacts which result in the presence of garbage, litter, or refuse in the areas surrounding the project site.

What the parking show look like when there is enforcement, but still no street cleaning

Location: 
Carlton to 6th Aves/Pacific St
When: 
July 13, 2011 - 2:28pm

Alt side parking is currently not enforced, we need our traffic officer to return on the previous schedule.

When rats are a neighborhood problem, a coordinated response is required

Whatever triggered the problem of rodents in the vicinity of Atlantic Yards, the community will have to work together to address the circumstances that sustain it.

Construction adds to the problem of controlling rodents because the homes of existing rodent populations are disturbed and new sources of food are created on an ongoing basis.  Recent complaints about the impossibility of doing street cleaning in the vicinity of illegal construction worker parking is one example.

Setting construction aside, the Department of Health website has useful information describing how neighbors must work with government to fight against rodents, all of which are relevant to the community around the project:  

Rats can be a property, block or neighborhood problem and require a coordinated response:  property owners, tenants, businesses and government need to work together.  Everyone has a part to play.

  • Property owners and businesses must maintain their garbage - the number one source for rats to get their essential food - in containers that are rodent-proof until it's picked up.
  • Tenants must do the same in the houses and apartments, and also ensure that they do not litter their yards or the street.

Is the law finally going to be enforced in relation to illegal construction worker parking on Pacific Street? Answer: Not for the moment

NYPD issued "no parking" signs were posted on Pacific Street from the Newswalk parking garage to 6th Avenue on Pacific Street for Tuesday, May 31st.  This led some to hope construction workers would no longer be allowed to park illegally on Pacific Street and its sidewalks.

Instead, the signs were to make way for TechCorp., a company that apparently repairs sewers.  The Barclays Center construction workers parked on the sidewalks around the work.

The amount of illegal parking by construction workers on Pacific Street has reduced since our last post on the subject.  Still, it persists.  As has been commented on by community members on this website, the parking regularly blocks sidewalks and the travel lane, as well as makes street cleaning impossible.  It also contributes to a sense that parking regulations in the area are enforced selectively.

Comment

More stories of rats in the area of arena construction come forward; Community continues to believe the source of rodent infestation is project construction

Since the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet several weeks ago, more complaints about rodents have reached this site, been voiced at the monthly Dean Street block association meeting and posted on Atlantic Yards Report.  Rodents have been an ongoing problem in the area since work on Atlantic Yards began in 2007.

On Friday Atlantic Yard Report published photographs and complaints from Dean Street resident Larry Schwartz.  His complaints about rodent infestation near the Dean and Carlton Avenue intersection parallel concerns filed in incident reports and comments earlier in the week on this site.

On Monday the 23rd, a resident of 6th Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets attended the monthly meeting of Dean Street Block Association and regaled those in attendance with stories of rats attempting to chew through an exterior door and expressed anxiety about walking home alone after dark due to the infestation.  This area is only a few feet from arena excavation.

Three weeks ago, this website located the rodent infestation primarily on Dean Street at 6th Avenue.  With further input from area residents, we now locate the area with current problems to 6th Avenue from Bergen to Dean Street, Dean Street from 6th Avenue to Carlton, and Carlton between Dean and Bergen.

Rodents in neighborhood

When: 
May 28, 2011 - 10:59pm

Streets not being cleaned due to parked cars (Sanitation Dept.)

Location: 
Dean St. & Pacific St, between 6th Ave & Carlton
When: 
May 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

Cars are not being moved to allow for street cleaning. This morning on Pacific St. at 11:45 not one car had been moved. The supervisor at the gate to the construction site on Dean told me that their workers could not leave the job to move their cars!

RATS

When: 
October 21, 2007 - 2:14pm

the complain number was 3930503. On 10/21/07 2:41 PM, > wrote: > >> >

RATS

Location: 
Dean/6th
When: 
September 17, 2008 - 9:27pm

RATS--RObin From: SRNotification@customerservice.nyc.gov Sent: Sep 17, 2008 9:17 PM To: ROBINWEIL@EARTHLINK.NET Subject: 311 / Service Request #: C1-1-427911643 / Rodent **This is an auto-generated message. Please do not reply.* Service Request #: C1-1-427911643 Date Submitted: 09/17/08 9:07:20 PM

Who is responsible for taking care of the project sidewalks?

Even though construction at the Project site has begun, regular passers-by know cleaning and snow clearing in some areas of the Project is still erratic and that in some cases the sidewalks are in poor repair.  Conditions have improved since the most recent nadir, the blizzard in late December that wasn't cleared from some Project sidewalks for nearly a week.  But even now, over four years after Atlantic Yards was approved by the ESDC, there are vacuums in responsibility for custodianship at the site and Forest City Ratner is doing significantly less than it originally committed to do in 2006.

Street Cleaning, or lack thereof

Location: 
DEAN STREET between SIXTH and CARLTON
When: 
May 5, 2011 - 1:06pm