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The Gowanus Killed Halloween

We came across this sight along 9th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn yesterday. 

There is something oddly rewarding, yet scary, about seeing such a large and decaying jack-o-lantern tossed in the garbage like this. 

It’s as if the spirit of Halloween will jump out, grab you, and pull you down into the garbage can — either that, or the spirit of Halloween will jump up out of that garbage can while wearing that jack-o-lantern as a head and then pull you down into the Gowanus Canal. 

We’re not sure what would be worse, so beware sanitation employee, beware!

Legend Of The NYC Dumping Fine

It amazes us about how much disinformation is out there regarding laws that are seemingly rarely enforced.  Here is yet another sign from the NYC Department of Sanitation about fines regarding dumping.

This joins the list of other City sponsored pointless signage.

Bay Ridge Forest Fire Danger

While the once green plants in the many 5th Avenue B.I.D. planters in Bay Ridge appeared to be brown and dead long ago, they are now so dry that they are in obvious danger of becoming victim of a forest fire — one cigarette butt tossed in one will probably set it up in flames.

This is a shot of Bay Ridge Parkway, notice how all four corners have lovely kindling on them.  It’s obvious that nobody wants the planters and it appears as though the 5th Ave. B.I.D. has abandoned them out on the sidewalk.

This makes us wonder the question: At what point in time will the City deem the dead plants and planters garbage and remove them by way of garbage truck?

Our guess is never…

New York City: Unsure About Everything

About a week or so back we had a post about the ‘cost of poo’ and the various fines that people can levy upon others if they are caught.  Since then we noticed that there aren’t only various fines per department within the city, but also confusion as to what the various fines are within each department.

For instance, the NYC Parks Department uses Public Health Law 1310 to get a $100 fine for not cleaning up after your dog at Mount Prospect Park by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

However, the very same NYC Parks Department used Public Health Law 1316 to get a $1,000 fine for people not picking up after their dog along Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge. 

Oddly enough we cannot seem to find any supporting documentation saying that Public Health Law 1316 exists in New York and the Department of Sanitation can only give out of $250 fine if they catch you not picking up after your dog.

That said, the Department of Sanitation isn’t any better with their lack of confusion when it comes to fines.  If you are caught dumping along Shore Road in Bay Ridge you’ll get a $20,000 fine.

But if you’re caught dumping along the service road to the Gowanus Expressway in Bay Ridge, you’ll face only a $12,500 fine.  Neither sign sites a law stating that the Department of Sanitation actually has the power to give out such fines. 

While we’ve never heard of anyone receiving a fine for not picking up after a dog or for dumping, we cannot help but wonder just how much the people at the various departments are just making things up as they go along with their jobs.

It’s almost as if they just keep throwing spaghetti against a wall and seeing what sticks.

The Cost Of Poo

The cost of not picking up after your dog on the streets of New York City near a legible sign and are caught by the imaginary Sanitation Department dog poop patrol: $100 

The cost of not picking up after your dog if caught near this semi legitimate looking sign by the imaginary Sanitation Department dog poop patrol: $450 and your balls will be cut off.

The cost of not picking up after your dog if caught near this faded looking sign by the imaginary Sanitation Department dog poop patrol: $100

The cost of not picking up after your dog if caught near this quasi legitimate looking sign by the not so imaginary Parks Department dog poop patrol: $1,000

The cost of not picking up after your dog if caught near this very much not legitimate whatsoever looking sign by the imaginary Polite Police’s poop patrol: A stern reprimanding.

The cost of not picking up after yourself if you’re caught near this legitimate looking sign by the imaginary Sanitation Department human poop patrol: $20,000

The cost of not picking up after yourself if you wipe yourself with a black leather glove: Priceless 

Seriously, don’t click on that link if you just ate, are eating, are about to eat, blind easily or are weak of heart.


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