The filthy conditions along the underpasses of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) at 74th and 80th streets in Middle Village recently got a much-needed cleaning.
After receiving calls and emails from community members complaining about the unsanitary and disgusting conditions of the overpasses, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley reached out to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to see what could be done to clean up the sites.
According to one email, the overpasses were littered with garbage, pigeon droppings, feathers, food and even dead pigeons, as well as graffiti on the walls.
Crowley heard the complaints and reached out to the DOT, who in turn connected with the Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Clean Streets to get the cleanup started. Now the debris and bird droppings have been removed from both locations.
Here’s how the underpasses look in photos taken soon after the cleanup: