Lots of Trash Talk Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Wow, we didn’t think our little exclusive yesterday about the sanitation department hiring international consultancy McKinsey to investigate how the city can better manage garbage was going to make such a stink – but boy l ever did!
The story was quite simple: McKinsey – which has a bit of a checkered past, but is certainly not a blind company – was selected to do a comprehensive study of New York’s garbage problem, particularly the landscaping part street, where every day at 5 a.m., the sidewalks become impassable as each building prepares its garbage for collection.
As Ratso Rizzo might say, “I walk! »
Well, our readers made it very clear that they didn’t like this $4 million consultation at all! Here are a few things we heard on Twitter:
Why is NYC paying more money to McKinsey when they have hacked the books and defrauded the city in the past? @bradlander does the controller do anything? Or do you just watch the safe empty and take a cut?https://t.co/7T9A4rtfoc
-Mike Dunn??? (@otterscholar) October 3, 2022
it seems there are cheaper ways to determine if having trash all over the sidewalk is good or bad https://t.co/Lf7hkHvxIi
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) October 3, 2022
Later there will be an audit on how stupid it was.
—James Geluso (@atlemar) October 3, 2022
Haha we joked about it all day we would have loved the contract then we flew to Barcelona to research for a month
— Suraj Patel (@surajpatelnyc) October 4, 2022
It’s been like this all day – with many saying it’s terribly strange for the city to have to study how to do something better (moving rubbish away from pedestrians in sealed containers) than it hurts for decades. The good news is that people are reading our exclusives!
In other news:
- We’re not going to get into a whole debate about subway crime for a second day, but this story about the crew wearing neon green uniforms beating up two women is crazy. (NYDN, New York Post)
- Add this site to your favorites – Law enforcement research – because you can use it to check the disciplinary record of cops. (gothamist covered)
- The expansion of the LIRR’s third lane is complete, allowing for better rides, especially as the MTA brings LIRR service to Grand Central. (NYDN, New York Post, amNY)
- Speaking of the MTA, Ross Barkan took a look at the agency’s struggling finances. (Crain’s)
- Colin Jost and Pete Davidson gave their Staten Island ferry the auspicious name, “Titanic 2”. (New York Post)
- Several outlets covered the indictment of the driver who allegedly ran a red light and caused a crash that killed two men in Inwood in August. (Streetsblog, NYDN)
- If this haunting story about Brooklyn Community Board 1 District Manager Gerald Esposito’s surprise “retirement” sham—and the accompanying golden parachute—doesn’t spur immediate action to reform community boards, we don’t know what will. (The city)
- Speaking of sham, here’s some nasty nepotism at the MTA. (New York Post)
- The city announced without detail that it would create charging centers and rest areas for delivery people, which amNY, Crain’s and gothamist covered far too gullible. Our coverage highlighted what was missing and who wouldn’t like it. The city also covered.
- Cursed competitors! On September 27, we asked the Department of Environmental Protection for details about its noise camera pilot program. We were put on hold, and now we know why: hell gate got the scoop. You gain some, you lose some.
- We were very excited to see that the DOT will be pouring two concrete pedestrian islands and painting four new crosswalks in New Utrecht and on 10th Avenue in Brooklyn (DOT Presentation), but somehow I couldn’t believe it took the agency 18 months to do something so basic. See the timeline below:
- Finally, the rain, the rain is going away (especially since the Braves lost last night – you have to believe it). (gothamist)