NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City sanitation crews started cleaning up mounds of garbage Monday that were dumped near an empty lot in East New York, Brooklyn.
CBS2’s cameras captured workers cleaning up around the lot at Montauk and Glenmore avenues. By late morning, the garbage was gone.READ MORE: Sources: NYPD Officer Shot In Brooklyn
It was a very different scene Friday, when trash was piled on the sidewalks.
“It’s disgusting. It’s gross. It’s just not right. You’re not supposed to live like this,” said resident Andre Donald, who lives next door.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody Near Jacksonville, Florida
Donald said overgrown weeds had been a problem there from years, but the garbage escalated during the pandemic. His family made more than a dozen complaints to 311.
“There’s no excuse. Now,” he told CBS2 last week. “I didn’t make a big deal because of the pandemic, but we’re starting to open things up, we have to have this cleaned.”MORE NEWS: Experts Expect Gas Prices To Reach Highs Not Seen Since 2014, But Not Necessarily Caused By Colonial Pipeline Shutdown
The Sanitation Department reminds New Yorkers not to dump trash in empty lots. The department also said it appreciates residents for bringing the situation to its attention.