Based on a project born in the commercial centers of Boro Park and Midwood, the streets of New York City’s five boroughs will be cleaner after a fund dedicated to keeping them spotless received a $3.5 million allocation from the city council.
The grant, sponsored by Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn, was part of the $75 billion budget which passed last week.
The new initiative, called NYC Cleanup, is an effort to keep neighborhoods citywide free of litter and graffiti. Each council member will be allocated funding to distribute to the organization of their choice to provide cleaning services. They can also use the funds to pay for more frequent litter basket pickups or similar services.
“New York residents and businesses should not have to live with overflowing litter baskets and trash-strewn streets,” Greenfield said in a statement. The NYC Cleanup initiative will ensure that every Council district in New York City will be cleaner resulting in a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Greenfield said that the initiative came from a project last year, when he teamed with the Midwood Development Corp’s Project Sweep to clean 13th, 16th, and 18th avenues in Boro Park.