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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

An Update from New York City Community Clean Up

*Community service crews supervised by NYC Community Cleanup, in partnership with MTA New York City Transit, will begin conducting cleanup activities at highly trafficked subway stations in Jamaica and Long Island City (Queens); Brownsville (Brooklyn); Harlem (Manhattan); and the Bronx (in partnership with Bronx Community Solutions).  Station cleaning efforts began on April 20,  in Jamaica and April 27 in Harlem with additional stations to come.

*Cleanup worked in partnership with the Manhattan District Attorney's office to address visible quality of life issues in the location of a recent major gang prosecution.  In the area around 137th Street and Adam Clayton Boulevard, Cleanup teams painted over several graffiti tags and picked up trash to improve the appearance of the block.
*Cleanup assisted the DOT Urban Art Program with priming at three separate locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, in preparation for the installation of murals on concrete jersey barriers next to the roadway.
*Cleanup teams painted over several large graffiti sites in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
*Cleanup has been working in partnership with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation to address dumping at a long-standing eyesore property.
*Participants in our specialized youth diversion service learning program continued working on a mural they're painting inside our office with the help of a volunteer artist.  In addition, working together with respondents and participants from the Greenpoint Youth Court, they helped Rev. John Merz clean his church in preparation for Easter services and helped staff at East River State Park to spread mulch around trees and move cobblestones to prevent waterfront erosion.
*As always, Cleanup teams provided extra help along particular Department of Sanitation routes, removing hundreds of extra bags of garbage.  In Long Island City, Cleanup, responding to requests from residents, to help support the installation of additional neighborhood "adopt-a-cans."

For more information about NYC Community Clean UP visit the website: http://www.cleanupnyc.org/

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