NYC Community Cleanup
The NYC Community Cleanup is less than one month old, but making big steps towards making the boroughs more beautiful. Started in Queens on November 4 and in Brooklyn on November 16, the city-wide initiative has hit the ground running.
“NYC Community Cleanup is set to address neighborhood hotspots and eyesores and to emphasize the values of immediacy, visibility, and accountability,” explained Queens Borough Manager Manuel Lariño.
Lariño says that the initiative’s purpose extends beyond cleaning up the city; NYC Community Cleanup puts low-level offenders to work, which means individuals who have been arrested for minor offenses.
“By doing this, we serve the client beyond just looking at the criminal issue,” says Lariño.“We have some people who come in looking for employment or GED classes, they come to us with a low-level crime and we provide them with the opportunity to better themselves.”
NYC Community Cleanup currently partners with the Department of Sanitation to decide on the most deserving locations. The group also takes suggestions from individuals in the community and works with local community boards.
“Recently we participated in a leaf-fest in Astoria Park, where we collected and mulched leaves to distribute to gardeners,” said Lariño. “On December 5, we are having a beach clean-up and restoration at Little Bay Park in Fort Totten, where we will be working with local volunteers, along with defendants from court.”
To suggest an eyesore in your borough or to find more information on NYC Community Cleanup, visit their website.