Last week, a few readers brought up quality of life issues such as garbage in the parks. We are guessing this mainly concerns the clean-up after summer weekend BBQs since the typical day-to-day seems to be pretty manageable for the most part. The lower photos are of St. Nicholas Park's 135th Street Plaza and there was already clean up at 8:00 AM in the morning. Benches that surround the historic parks seem to also be an area that has cups, bags or newspaper left behind. Our usual rounds are during mid-day and the lawn and areas such as the pond at Morningside Park have actually been pretty clean this past year (we noticed persistent garbage around its perimeter last summer).
So what are readers' thoughts on the situation and which park specifically needs the most help? Marcus Garvey Park always looks especially pristine on visits (although top photo has one bag on the ground) but we are not really around the area in the late day. Morningside Park (2nd and 3rd from top) seems to have more garbage around benches on the northern perimeter, St. Nicholas Park always seems okay during the weekday and Jackie Robinson Park doesn't really have us raising any eyebrows. All photos by Ulysses