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Old 10-08-2015, 02:45 AM
 
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Like I said... NYC especially can do better in cleaning Manhattan especially.

Just in comparisons....CHICAGO'S downtown is kept surprisingly clean. Almost manicured. You rarely even see debris blowing down the street even on a windy day, but certainly not sterile. When Tourist/Visitors see how well kept it is. THEY RESPECT IT with keeping it that way and Workers/Locals too. Flowers hanging and in Planters and medians of streets with greens.

I totally realize Downtown Chicago is smaller then Manhattan...and some New Yorkers view Chicago as FLY-OVER in favor of LA and SF. But Chicago certainly has a Respectable caliber Downtown today even Disneyesque.... in a good way.

So after moving to Chicago before my first visit to Manhattan and then other times since. Though now living back East again. It TOOK AWAY FROM MY EXPECTATIONS of MANHATTAN.... to see things could and should be much cleaner...... I already saw plenty of Skyscrapers. So other aspects caught my eye over just looking up.

I found it hard to overlook. Even bags of garbage off Times Square where restaurants even were. Chicago having alleys through the whole city, and with the City providing Big Trash Bins for every Home to keep trash in the Alleys in the bins helps the whole city's cleaner look.

But to me.... you still as a Tourist expect a Disneyesque look to Manhattans from the Movies. At least in and between the Top Spots they all head to see.

So my opinion is..... hearing, NYC is so wealthy today it has a SURPLUS of funds in its budget. Why not use some extra funds.... for Sprucing up Manhattan streets and sidewalks better. AFTERALL, TO INTERNATIONAL TOURIST... IT IS MOSTLY THE AMERICA THEY MAY SEE.
I agree. There is a big discrepancy between how the city looks in modern-day movies and how it actually is in reality (too many cracked pavements with chewing gum marks, too many crumbling and ugly mid-rises and high-rises, very filthy and smelly, dog/fecal mess everywhere, substandard sanitation, people urinating in the streets, subway that reminds you of parts of the third world and the worsening blight of empty shop fronts). And we are not talking about the ghettos but some of the most affluent areas in Manhattan.

Irrespective of how much worse it was in the 1970s and 1980s, this aspect of the city is disappointing to a first-time visitor who may not know the full range of its offerings and hidden spots of cultural interest. A great city like New York needs to present itself better.

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Old 10-08-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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New York is so dirty!!
Amen.

Once I was taking the elevator on the platform at the 34th st. subway, the stench that smelled like from someone who had never taken a bath was so overwhelming that I held my breath for as long as possible in the elevator. Had the elevator ride been a little longer I might have suffocated to death.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Amen.

Once I was taking the elevator on the platform at the 34th st. subway, the stench that smelled like from someone who had never taken a bath was so overwhelming that I held my breath for as long as possible in the elevator. Had the elevator ride been a little longer I might have suffocated to death.
There was a homeless dude that would ride the A trains and clear out entire cars from his horrendous smell. He carried this huge trash bag with him too. It was kind of horror movie ish...
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Old 10-13-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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To address your problems then you need to find out who is in charge of the area. Usually things change because a certain person leaves or stops doing certain things. Things retaining the city is also different.
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