Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Everyone except Bloomberg thinks streets are filthy
From the Daily News:
New York has been named the dirtiest out of 35 American metropolitan areas by the out-of-towners who read Travel + Leisure magazine.
Tourists cited New York’s garbage-piled sidewalks and funky odors to shove Gotham to the top of the trash heap in the poll, which is part of the magazine’s annual America’s Favorite Cities survey.
The magazine polled 50,000 people online, but the tourists were the harshest.
You’d think New Yorkers would be quick to defend the capital of the world — but the nose knows; city residents ranked our rankness as the second-worst in the nation, behind, obviously, Baltimore.
Of course, Mayor Bloomberg covered the stench of defeat in a floral spray of spin.
“Sounds like the people in this survey haven't been here in a long while,” said mayoral spokeswoman Julie Wood.
The city’s 50 million tourists last year, she added, “saw for themselves that the city is cleaner than ever.”