Upper East Side Residents Mount Another Protest Against Proposed Garbage Dump

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Not in their backyard.

That was the message from some Manhattan families on Thursday at the site of a proposed garbage dump on the Upper East Side.

The rain did not deter more than 100 angry residents who gathered at 91st Street and York Avenue to protest a proposed garbage transfer station at the location.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Reports From The Upper East Side

Those residents booed contractors as the hard hats entered a ramp leading to the site, or what opponents refer to as a garbage dump.

Irene Roberts, 84, spoke to 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria and said she worries about her health and the impact that such a facility could have on her.

“My health concern is that I had lung cancer and I live right across the street,” she said.

The contractors said they’re just doing their jobs. One of them, who did not want to be named, said he felt bad for the residents, adding that the situation was “between the city and them.”

The contractors were on the Upper East Side to look over the 2 1/2-acre site before submitting bids.

Opponents of the plan say building a garbage station would damage the health and safety of those living in a residential neighborhood that has two large public housing developments, schools and a sports complex that serves thousands of children.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office has previously said the East 91st Street location is the best and most cost-effective option.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the mayor said that “every borough must contribute to handling its own garbage. That includes Manhattan as much as Upper East Siders may disagree.”

Share your thoughts on the proposed facility in the comments section below…

  • C@Yorkville

    What makes the call for bids for this ill-conceived site even more ludicrous is the fact that the city has not yet obtained the permits required to build it. After they attempted to use data (re. water quality in the East River) from 2003 to obtain these permits, they were sent back in order to collect data that reflects conditions in river today, not nearly ten years ago. What’s your rush, Mr, Mayor?

    • S@Yorkville

      The fact that it violates the Sanitation Dept.’s own siting rules.

      The rush to get it built before anyone realizes how it will literally destroy a classic low key NYC residential neighborhood.

      Methinks The Emperor has no scruples.

  • TDC

    The “borough equity” argument is nonsense. Manhattan is different than the other boroughs because commuters (often from the other boroughs) and tourists bring their garbage here, it’s not just residents who produce it.

    This video shows how the new plant is in a residential neighborhood, whereas the other boroughs have theirs in industrial areas. The outer boroughs are hardly aware that they even exist. “Not in Anyone’s backyard.”

  • S@Yorkville

    How can a mayor who’s supposed to be so “Green” justify handing the ONLY green space (in a residential neighborhood no less) on the upper East River over to a gigantic industrial facility while driving steadfastly forward with the greening of the Hudson River waterfront as well as the East River below 60th Street (by converting existing industrial spaces into parks and residential areas)?

    Oh, that’s right, he calls it “Environmental Justice.” My question to anyone with a conscience is this: Is destroying a local village and its environment is a valid way of administering “justice.”

    In the end, it just seems like Yorkville is merely an expendable pawn in one very powerful man’s remaking of New York and its neighborhoods to fit his own personal vision.

    • HG

      The really sad thing, is that the area he will be destroying is truly beautiful right now. Neighborhood volunteers have turned Shurz Park into a real show place, and all year long the waterfront is filled with people walking, running, biking, and just hanging out. Asphalt green has a never ending stream of children and teens, who play on the field from early morning until 10 in the evening. The whole thing makes me mad as hell!

  • HG

    Bloomberg and Quinn fail to note that the transfer stations in other boroughs are NOT in residential neighborhoods. In fact, there is no residential housing in sight of those facilities. There are plenty of spaces on the Manhattan waterfront that are not residential; however, Bloomberg and Quinn would rather reserve those for lucrative real estate ventures. If the mayor actually lived in Gracie Mansion, which he does not, he might be less enthusiastic about a garbage dump next door to him.

  • Dave

    It’s pitched as an Upper East Side facility, but it actually resides in Yorkville. While New York has built an entire transit system underground, I find it amazing that they haven’t had the common sense to move waste removal underground as well. Placing it immediately adjacent to residential and athletic facilities is a short-sighted suggestion from a mayor that claims to be concerned with the healthy lifestyle of his constituents.

  • VS

    That this monster could pass by treating a densely populated residential area as an industrial zone due to the existence of the previous trash facility is outrageous. Its size is due to commercial interests – follow the money.

    UES already has the most polluted air in NYC – the trucks traffic will exacerbate the poor air quality, cause traffic accidents and clog up access to the nearby hospitals and the FDR.

  • The Realist

    The solution is simple… The Upper East Side community board should simply designate another neighborhood for the transfer station, with the other neighborhood getting NO right of appeal.

  • Candy Ressler

    This poorly conceived concept will ruin the legacies of Bloomberg and Quinn. Placing 500 trucks a day, 6 days a week though a residential neighborhood and directly through a park is insane. None of the other garbage dumps in NYC are in residential areas. Bloomberg and Quinn are endagering the welfare of the this community, placing all of these people at risk. If they need to build one of these sites, do it in an industrial area like all of the others. This idea is not environmental justice–it is simply stupid.

  • Josh

    Bloomberg lives in the Upper East side. Perhaps it should be located on his block.

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