Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Obsessive Garbage Collecting Lady of Elmhurst starts blog
Hello! I moved to Elmhurst, near 43rd Avenue, four years ago, from Brooklyn. I quickly noticed that the section of 43rd Avenue between 72nd and 74th Street (where the railroad cut is located) is a much neglected, often filthy, and probably dangerous section of earth. Recently I decided to "put hands to iron" (to quote Dave Rosasco of the Woodside Neighborhood Association) and try to clean up this 2-block stretch. I started a blog a couple weeks ago, on which I will chronicle the issues that affect the people living in the area. The big three are DRUGS, illegal dumping, and an abandoned-and-open-to-the-public building on the corner of 74th Street and 43rd Avenue. On Saturday mornings I walk 43rd and collect what litter I can (often I fill a large black trash bag just with the debris I find between 72nd and 74th Streets), and I call 311 to report excessive dumping. (People frequently dump construction material and furniture.)
I call myself the "Obsessive Garbage Collecting Lady of Elmhurst", or O.G.C.L.E., and my blog is: ogcle.blogspot.com If you think your readers might be interested, please feel free to share this link. I am hoping to bring awareness to the problems affecting my neighborhood. DSNY is great about picking up the illegal dumping piles when I call 311, and Dromm's office and CB4 have also responded when I have e-mailed them. But the issues we have are ongoing, and require constant attention and nagging from more than one (ie, me) person who lives near 43rd Ave.
Thank you very much,
Emily (aka, the O.G.C.L.E.)