"I am a big fan of what you do for our community.
Check out the attached pictures of a lovely shopping plaza around the corner from me on 21st Street between 34th avenue and Broadway in Astoria. This is how it looks every single day. If our elected officials are serious about Astoria's garbage problem, this wouldn't be a bad place to start.
I love my neighborhood but it really is filthy and people just seem to accept it, which is crazy. It's the people --not everyone, not even most-- but enough people to ruin it for everyone else.
Here, I blame the owner of the strip mall, but I have to say that I do not really blame the city for the overall situation in Astoria. No amount of trash cans could be put on the corners, no amount of work by the Department of Sanitation could keep up with the volume of trash discarded at random on every well-traveled street in this neighborhood (Ditmars actually isn't so bad).
Last weekend I was walking down the street, when an individual emerged from her house in the middle of the day and scooped an unfinished plate of food onto the street --right in front of me-- made eye contact and calmly walked back into her house.
I can't even count the number of times that I've walked home from work from the Broadway stop, literally kicking garbage out of my way as I walk home; I've gotten used to that, but I don't think I can get used to people dumping their leftovers onto their own street in front of my eyes." - anonymous