By Lisa Kava
Department of Sanitation workers, officers from the NYPD 20th Precinct, and social workers from the Department of Social Services were at work Monday afternoon on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets, where a pile of garbage, including furniture and household goods, has been steadily accumulating over the past few weeks.
The pile had escalated to an alarming point, where it had almost completely overtaken the sidewalk alongside PS 344, The Anderson School, according to an officer from the NYPD 20th Precinct. Social workers were on site, speaking to the individual who had been collecting and placing the items on the sidewalk. The block was closed to pedestrians, as Department of Sanitation workers cleaned up. According to the police officer, there have been numerous 311 and 911 calls in the past week, including calls from representatives of The Anderson School. “Rats and feces have been found under the garbage,” the officer said. “It is all being cleaned up.”
The individual responsible was removed from the site by social workers. He is not experiencing homelessness, according to one who was on site. “He has an apartment and lives in the neighborhood,” the social worker told West Side Rag. “We are trying to help.”