Bed-Stuy Claims North Brooklyn’s “Dirtiest Streets” Title

In this week’s episode of Things You Didn’t Know The Mayor’s Office Was Keeping Track Of, we discover  the quarterly report on street cleanliness, and in 2013 Bed-Stuy (and much of Brooklyn) came in near-dead last.

According to the Scorecard Community Board Report, only 85.1 percent of Bed-Stuy streets were found to be in “acceptable” condition despite the extensive gentrification the neighborhood is undergoing at the moment. Bed-Stuy was followed pretty closely by Community Board 4, which covers Bushwick, where 87.4 percent of streets were deemed acceptable.

Still, other parts of Brooklyn are in worse shape. Community Boards 9 (Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Garden and Wingate) and 12 (Boro Park, Kensington, Ocean Parkway and Midwood) hold acceptability percentages of 82.3 percent and 82.8 percent, respectively. The Crown Heights area was especially hard hit, falling exactly 10 percentage points since last year. With the exception of Community Board 11 (Bath Beach, Gravesend, Mapleton and Bensonhurst) every Brooklyn neighborhood saw some decline in street cleanliness in 2013.

This isn’t a contest, but if it was first place would go to Queens’ Community Board 11 (Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, East Flushing, Oakland Gardens, and Hollis Hills), which boasted a 99.5 percent. In fact, all of Queens killed it this quarter ,with an average street cleanliness percentage of 94.8 percent.

Obviously, there are a lot of external factors that affected these ratings. Perhaps it was an especially windy year borough-wide? Or maybe we just need to get it together and pick up after ourselves.

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