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Cameras Capture Illegal Dumping as Sanitation Tries to Clean Up Increasingly Dirty City

A fish tank filled with water, but no fish. A shopping cart. An abandoned green bus. That’s some of the junk recently dumped in Brooklyn. Now the Department of Sanitation is using video and hefty fines to target those turning streets into trash heaps.

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Unions and City Hall Lining Up Vaccinations for Municipal Workers as NYC Death Toll Passes 30,000

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COVID Clusters Hit City Workplaces as Frontline Employees Wait for Vaccines

A Sanitation garage in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows Corona Park locker room are among recent virus breakout sites. Union officials are calling for shots for thousands more municipal employees: "We can’t work from home."

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Former Sanitation Boss Kathryn Garcia Wants to Dig NYC Out of Its Mess as Mayor. But Can She Ditch Her de Blasio Ties?

Bill de Blasio’s go-to troubleshooter on everything from lead paint to hunger now seeks his job. But with no electoral-politics experience and fundraising lagging, the bureaucrat faces her biggest challenge yet.

Trash-Talking New Yorkers Come Together to Clean Up NYC, Litter-ally

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Complaints of Missed Trash Pickups Surge as Garbage Piles Up at Home

Sanitation officials say they’re keeping pace with mounting waste produced by households in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island and upper Manhattan despite staff cuts.

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City Food Delivery Changes Could Be Leaving Many Seniors Hungry

A change in how the de Blasio administration’s food program asks elderly New Yorkers to sign-up for home-delivered meals during the pandemic seems to be leaving some off the recipient list.

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Return of the Rats: Budget Cuts Means a Free Lunch for Rodents

Reductions to the Sanitation Department’s role in rat mitigation could mean a blow to New York City’s humans — and a big win for its vermin.

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Garbage Pickups Dove Deeper in April as New Yorkers Ditched Town or Dug In

Manhattan saw 20% less trash collected in April 2020 over the same time a year earlier, part of a citywide shrinkage as coronavirus upends lives.

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Garbage Pickups Dove Deeper in April as New Yorkers Ditched Town or Dug In

Manhattan saw 20% less trash collected in April 2020 over the same time a year earlier, part of a citywide shrinkage as coronavirus slams us.

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Garbage Pickups Tell a Tale of Two Cities, With Part of Manhattan Shrinking

Tons less household trash got picked up last month in a dozen out of 59 city zones, hinting at an exodus from some well-to-do neighborhoods.

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Civil Servants Seek Line-of-Duty Death Benefits for Coronavirus Cases

Fight evoking 9/11 first responders’ health battle begins to get enhanced pension payouts for families of a wide range of workers felled by COVID-19.

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In a City Turned Upside Down, Alternate-Side Parking Rules Haven’t Budged

Drivers emerge en masse from coronavirus seclusion to keep moving cars for street sweepers. Some Council members are calling for a suspension.

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As Plastic Bags Go Bye, a Renewed Push to Recycle Fabrics

The Sanitation Department’s "ReFashion Week" promotion vies to make textile sustainability chic. Meanwhile, the plastic shopping bag ban hits March 1.

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Facing City Subpoena, Queens Tenants Group Fights for the Right to Flyer

Organizers alarmed as Sanitation Dept. strong arms Google to unmask source of Amazon-LIC protest flyers last winter.

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East Brooklyn Drives Surge in Abandoned Vehicle Complaints

DIY used car dealers helped fuel a citywide tripling in 311 calls, which rose to more than 76,000 last year, an analysis by THE CITY shows.

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City Building in Queens is a Notorious Trash Heap. Just Ask the Rats

Garbage grows as patience shrinks in Long Island City, where residents share the sidewalk with rodents. Complaints, meanwhile, go largely unanswered.