Rep. Maloney and East 10th Street Community Call on NYC Department of Sanitation to Remove Disruptive Sanitation Trucks from Block

Aug 18, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY ​– Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined elected officials, community leaders, business owners, and residents from East 10th Street to call on the New York City Department of Sanitation to remove the garbage trucks that occupy half of the parking on the block.  The trucks emit a terrible smell that lingers along the street and negatively impacts the residences and five restaurants on the block, many of which have outdoor seating. Residents also report being woken up at 5:30 am each morning due to noise caused when sanitation workers retrieve their trucks.


After nearly a year of inaction from the City despite multiple meetings and statements claiming actions were being taken to remedy the issue, the Congresswoman and her local colleagues have written a letter to New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia urging an immediate solution and requesting that the sanitation trucks be removed. 


“It is absolutely unacceptable that the residents and businesses along East 10th Street have suffered for this long. Today, much like every day, the foul smell of garbage lingers throughout the block and negatively impacts this community. The sanitation trucks also attract rodents, pose security concerns, and take up nearly half of the parking on the block.  The New York City Department of Sanitation must create an immediate solution to remedy this problem and finally answer to this community. They have already waited one year, and should not have to wait a second longer,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12).


"Garbage trucks belong in appropriate and permanent facilities—not parked overnight on city streets. For nearly a year, the residents and small businesses of East 10th Street have been living a New York nightmare from the noise, exhaust, and stench from city garbage trucks using their public street as a parking lot, despite our repeated efforts to find a solution with the New York City Department of Sanitation. If the Mayor's Office won't fix this, Albany should. That's why I've drafted legislation to amend New York City's administrative code and ban garbage trucks from parking on city streets overnight. I'm hopeful that with this legislation and Congress Member Maloney and Council Member Rivera's fierce advocacy we can finally bring relief to the residents of East 10th Street," State Senator Brad Hoylman.


"Residents on 10th Street in the East Village have been forced to live with sanitation trucks under their windows for far too long as the City explores ways to alleviate the problem. It is unfortunate that the Administration did not adequately anticipate the need to find a more suitable temporary solution for these trucks that did not involve occupying a residential side street. I hope the City understands the immense burden residents feel as their quality of life is impinged and quickly finds an agreeable solution,” said Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick. 


"It is unacceptable that after a year of meetings and direct pleas from residents of East 10th Street, the Mayor and Dept. Of Sanitation have taken no action in relocating these trucks," said Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. "No New Yorker should have to endure the stench of trash on their way to and from their homes. The Administration must immediately identify alternative locations that do not present a nuisance or public health risk."


“The residents of 10th street are suffering because the Department of Sanitation has not resolved its search for a location for a new garage for community boards 6 and 8 nor come to an agreement with council members and the community on how to resolve this search.  There has been no attempt to address concerns of residents and businesses on 10th Street: residents living with smelly garbage, disabled residents who don’t have accessible curbside use or transportation, a restaurant that cannot successfully sell food with a smelly garbage truck right outside. There have been suggestions but no follow up nor ongoing attempts to resolve.  The only answer we have heard is that 10th Street is convenient for parking because of nearby DSNY bathrooms for the sanitation staff. There seems to be no other considerations and no attempt to otherwise accommodate the workers.  It is embarrassing that this agency cannot do a better job of finding solutions that will serve the community while fulfilling its mission to keep New York City healthy, safe, and clean,” said Susan Stetzer, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 3.


“The presence of DSNY sanitation trucks on 10th street has resulted in several adverse conditions which have affected the safety and success of the residents and business owners on the block. These new conditions have made it extremely difficult to do business at the level required in order to survive, let alone succeed- we have felt forsaken by our own city,” said Avi Burnbaum, Co-Owner of Pinks NYC. 


“The DSNY has had a paper bag lunchroom here at TNC, for over 30 years. They have been very good neighbors all these years and we have never had sanitation trucks on 10th street. Our audience comes to the theater that way and in intermission they step out on 10th Street as these are also our lobby exit doors. The trucks smell. They look terrible. They attract rodents and our driveway and exit doors and loading dock are on 10th Street. If there were a fire, the firetrucks could not park because our driveway is usually blocked by the garbage trucks,” said Crystal Field, Executive Director of Theater For the New City


“I am one of the residents at 240 E. 10th Street — a 16-story residential building. I have lived at this address for almost 20 years. During the past year, at any given time, there are up to five large Sanitation Department garbage trucks parked directly in front of my building. Not only do the trucks make parking for the residents difficult, the foul odors emanating from the trucks and the noise from their idling engines have drastically decreased our quality of life. The trucks are a magnet for rodents, and the diesel fumes from the trucks are deleterious to our health.  Our security has been impacted as well.  The wall of trucks obstructs the building from the view of 9th Precinct patrol cars. Exercising our rights as citizens and voters, we will continue to fight for the removal of the sanitation department trucks from our street,” said S. Jeanne Whitt, East 10th Street resident.



The entire text of the letter is below.



August 18, 2019


Ms. Kathryn Garcia


New York City Department of Sanitation

125 Worth Street

New York, NY  10013

                                                           Re: Garbage Trucks on 10th Street


Dear Commissioner Garcia,


We are writing on behalf of the residents and small business owners of 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan, who are located within our districts. Our constituents have contacted us to complain about the Department of Sanitation (DOS) garbage trucks that park on their block every night. The trucks are there from 7 pm to 6 am every night and all day on Sundays. Our constituents tell us that trucks emit a terrible smell that pervades their street lined with residences and five restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating. The odor lingers even when the trucks are no longer there. We also understand that residents are awakened each morning around 5:30 am when the sanitation workers come to get their trucks. Further, residents and business owners complain that the trucks are assigned half the parking for the block.


We understand that the residents of this block have been complaining about the parked garbage trucks since September 15, 2018, when the trucks first arrived. We further understand that on September 26, 2018, Mayor De Blasio stated, “I’ll talk to the commissioner and figure out what we can do to relieve the immediate pressure. We certainly don’t want those residential areas to feel the burden.” Nearly a year has passed and the trucks remain.          


Many of our offices and other elected officials have held numerous meetings and made several appeals to DSNY to address this situation, yet your agency has not updated us on any alternative options or timelines.


Residential blocks are not a proper place for garbage trucks to be parked. Residents and patrons of local businesses should not have to endure the stench of these vehicles. This is an urgent problem that requires an immediate solution. Please share any further details on the new locations you are considering for these

trucks, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations, as soon as possible. We would like to meet with you to discuss the concrete steps you have taken to identify an alternative location for the trucks and a timetable for their removal. Thank you for your kind attention to this important matter. 










cc: Mayor Bill de Blasio; Deputy Mayor of Operations Laura Anglin