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City will move smelly garbage trucks from East Village block

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East Villagers get a reprieve from stinky garbage trucks

The scourge of smelly garbage trucks clogging up East 10th Street overnight is no longer. The de Blasio administration announced that it will temporarily relocate those sanitation vehicles to Pier 42 on the Lower East Side until a more permanent storage solution is found, the New York Post first reported.

The trucks have been stationed on East 10th for about a year, since the Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) lease on a lot near Hudson Yards ran out. Neighborhood residents and local lawmakers have been complaining pretty much ever since, noting that the stench of garbage and say the wall of trucks has become a public health and safety hazard. Earlier this month, several city and state officials introduced legislation that would ban garbage trucks from parking on residential streets overnight.

“I am happy that DSNY is providing the residents and small businesses of East 10th Street with relief from the garbage trucks that have impacted their quality of life for over a year,” City Council member Carlina Rivera, who represents the area and supported that legislation, said in a statement. “But as the park we fought for and secured at Pier 42 begins development in 2020, I look forward to working with the City to find an appropriate, more permanent location for these trucks.”

And in other news…

  • Many millennials have resigned themselves to renting forever, this editor included.
  • Tishman Speyer signed an anchor tenant for its redevelopment of the Morgan North post office, located near Penn Station.
  • The Times’s “Living In” column visits 14th Street, a month and a half after the busway was implemented.
  • New R179 subway cars (seen on the A, C, J, and Z lines) break down more often some of their really, really old counterparts—including the R32, which dates back to 1964.
  • A native New Yorker writes about loving Midtown, even the most horribly congested and tourist-packed parts, and even at the least wonderful time of the year.
  • The city’s private trash collection industry will be overhauled now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation aimed at improving safety and reducing congestion.
  • And finally, the MTA tested new “flex gates,” which help stop flooding in subway stations, in Brooklyn on Wednesday. It may have looked strange to passersby, but it was totally planned, unlike most things you see in the subway on your average Wednesday.