Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spring cleaning at unsightly Steinway Creek


LIC Post


A number of Queens environmentalists who want to revitalize a filthy inlet in northern Astoria got to work over the weekend with a cleanup around the short waterway–called Luyster Creek.

Located alongside the Steinway & Sons Factory, Luyster Creek – also known as Steinway Creek – branches off from the East River into the top of Astoria. The inlet is estimated to be about 1,000 feet in length and ends at 19th Avenue and 37th Street.

Mitch Waxman – a board member at Newtown Creek Alliance – set up Saturday’s event together with Gil Lopez, from BIG Reuse and Smiling Hogshead Ranch; Katie Ellman, the president of Green Shores NYC; and Evie Hantzopoulos, co-founder of Astoria Urban Ecology Alliance

They were joined by the team from Proud Astorian and other volunteers to pick up discarded items – including engine parts, tires, shipping pallets, bags of household garbage and giant sheets of plastic – around the creek.

In total, the group of about 30 people collected between 10 to 15 cubic yards of trash – filling half of a dumpster.

The crew also removed random items such as fabric roses, potatoes and a taxi cab divider crawling with snails. Volunteers returned the snails to the water, and the divider went into the dumpster, which was provided by the Department of Environmental Protection.


georgetheatheist said...

"Divide and conquer" (διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε) - Philip II of Macedon

(This site is so-o-o educational!)

Anonymous said...

1. Evie is going to succeed Costa and continue his programs (maybe they will now build UNDER the Steinway Mansion?)

2. Community Board 1 (which this lot is from) voted for a Sanitation garage next to Steinway and DeNiro's studio along this creek. There is a nice back story about how that was created by "unknown developers" with lots of mysterious money and influence.

3. An even better story is developing that a constant stream of taxes is now going to 'improve' the area by making a park to mask the inevitable impact of an enormous sanitation facility on the waterfront - so that developers can develop 21st Street.

4. Nothing said about dozens of live-in campers and abandoned RVs that litter the streets.

5. When people go to Steinway from Manhattan (and abroad) they have a puzzled look when they take in this part of the City. No one told them about Mediterranean Hillbillies.

georgetheatheist said...

"Mediterranean Hillbillies"

Poesy. Nice. It is what it is. They are what they are.

Anonymous said...


good one George - QC has created a new community that has been around in plain sight all these years.

Anonymous said...

Actually, plans are afoot to build over as well as under the mansion and connect the same with a building over the leveled demapped street.

The mansion will soon disappear - sealed off and embedded within warehouses.

georgetheatheist said...

"God, they play a mean bouzouki."

Anonymous said...

"Mediterranean Hillbillies" are the salt of the earth if you are on their good side.

bluekayak said...

Καλισπερα !