Some streets in Sheepshead Bay will never be free of garbage.
The city repaved Ocean Avenue in mid-September, and now the neighborhood — which is notorious for the garbage that accumulates along its streets — has a permanent trash problem. When the city laid down the new asphalt, some of the profuse refuse got in the way, so now the trash is literally embedded in the avenue.
The resurfacing has left dashes of debris — cigarette butts, candy wrappers, bits of torn of paper — all along the avenue but the tarred trash is especially noticeable near Jerome Avenue.
The Department of Transportation says it runs street sweepers ahead of road resurfacing operations, and notes that no locals have complained about the repaved rubbish along Ocean Avenue — yet.
“DOT’s policy is to sweep streets clean with a mechanical broom before paving,” said a spokesman for the agency. “DOT is not aware of any complaint regarding repaving Ocean Avenue in Sheepshead Bay.”
The neighborhood has been fighing an ongoing battle against pervasive street litter. In the summer, Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay) hosted two neighborhood cleanups to spiff up area streets that are often cluttered with household garbage and stray trash.