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Stinky situation: Displaced garbage trucks lining East Village’s streets

September 23, 2018 - 3:09 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The city’s Department of Sanitation is responding to harsh complaints from residents in the East Village, who claim they weren’t given any notice before garbage trucks began parking along the streets in the area.

Residents on East 60th, 26th and 10th streets were infuriated when garbage trucks began taking up curb real estate, bringing the scent of garbage to their front doors.

“We don’t want to look at your garbage trucks piling up when you’re trying to have a nice, pleasant afternoon in the Village over the weekend,” one resident explained.

Small business owners are also complaining that the trucks are driving away customers.

“I think it’s crazy how they just took away our meters and, you know, the parking spots,” said the owner of a local barber shop.

The Sanitation Department issued a statement saying the agency lost the lease on one of its garages and had been searching for a new location for several years.

“Simply put, we are without a home for the equipment or personnel that service Manhattan Community Board 6 (which includes the East Village),” the statement read. “In an effort to continue to provide uninterrupted and reliable service, we needed to move equipment to the east side closer to the area served.”

A total of 21 trucks will be parked at three locations in the neighborhood.

The department said it will continue to search for a new parking garage and that the current situation is “an option of last resort.”