PHOTO: The Forum immediately enlisted the aid of the city Sanitation Department after a reader sent the paper photos of the conditions along 165th Avenue near 86th Street in Howard Beach. Photo Courtesy of Forum reader
If you see something, say something.
Those have always been the simple instructions we have implored our faithful readers to follow when it comes to any issue affecting your community.
Last week, a reader forwarded some visual evidence regarding a developing eyesore near his New Howard Beach residence: litter, improperly disposed of waste, and wild weeds on 165th Avenue near 86th Street.
The Forum reached out to the city Sanitation Department, relayed the problem, showed officials the pictures of the conditions at that stretch of the avenue that appear to have gone unchecked for some time.
Within a couple of days, the situation was remedied. The “before” and “after” images are quite striking.
Eyesore no more.
And DSNY provided a full report to the newspaper. Supervisors at the QE10 Garage directed a collection truck and later a Mechanical Broom truck to the area.
This Forum Fix was similar to one from last October. After readers called to complain about two mailboxes whose awful appearance made them eyesores in the community, The Forum contacted the U.S. Postal Service—within 24 hours both boxes looked spotless.
The Forum would like to thank the reader for bringing this problem on 165th Avenue to our attention, and New York’s Strongest for their help and daily hard work.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding your community, don’t hesitate to reach out: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; or (718) 845-3221.
By Michael V. Cusenza