Photo by myself, somewhere in the East Village.
The sidewalks are narrow in most of the older neighborhoods in Manhattan. On trash pick-up days, there is little room for pedestrians to pass by.
New York is tidier than it used to be, but it still has a long way to go. Unfortunately, litter is a way of life. The sidewalks and subway tracks are often the place where wrappers, coffee cups, gum and other stuff winds up on a daily basis.
In my early days as a New Yorker, I went through a personal crusade against littering (I wrote about it here in an earlier post). It's still shocking to see people, often kids, casually toss stuff on the street when there are trash cans everywhere.
As a dog owner, I really notice what's on the streets. Rupert will come very close to eating paper bags, jujubees and discarded chicken bones. Actually the quantity of chicken bones bewildered me. How is it that we eat so many chicken wings outside?
So when you see the litter in New York, please know that only a fraction of us treat our city poorly. The rest of us are completely disgusted.
Related posts: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, The View of Liberty and Tonight's Winning Numbers, in Sunset Park.