New York Eliminates Horns on Taxis and Trash Cans in Subways

Brian Moylan · 10/25/11 01:56PM

Public transportation in New York is about to get even better and demonstrably worse all at the same time. While the TLC is cutting down on cabbies honking their horns, the MTA is ditching the trash cans in subway stops. Man, this is going to get messy.

Woman Fined for Throwing Trash in Trash Can

Brian Moylan · 07/05/11 05:03PM

An 83-year-old Upper East Side woman is up in arms because a rude sanitation worker fined her $100 for throwing a bag of newspapers in one of those green trash cans that can be found on so many New York street corners. But did she do something wrong?

This Place Is a Dump!

Brian Moylan · 01/20/11 06:45PM

[One of the suites at the new Beach Garbage Hotel in Madrid, Spain, which was made entirely out of trash and constructed to draw attention to pollution in the world's oceans. A picture of the hotel's exterior below.]

That's Rubbish

Brian Moylan · 11/22/10 06:41PM

[A child wades through an alley clogged with trash in Naples today. There are 10,000 tons of garbage on city streets, and the EU is threatening to intervene if Italy can't solve its chronic trash problem. Image via AP]


Max Read · 07/23/10 01:01AM

[Meet Julio Camara, Mexico City's one and only sewage diver. Camara makes less than $500 a month to dive into sewers to clear blockages and repair infrastructure. Think of him next time you complain about your job. Pic via AP.]

You Have a Future in Garbage

Hamilton Nolan · 11/02/09 03:26PM

The Way We Live Now: Absolutely fabulous, thank you very much! When you said "we," you were referring to well-timed Ford investors and university presidents, correct? Oh, you mean everyone. They're all in the garbage business, one way or another.

Greenwich Goes Green (and Gold)

cityfile · 09/24/09 01:15PM

Here's a question for you: How much do you think this brand new garbage bin is costing the town of Greenwich? If you guessed $675, you've probably been to Beverly Hills recently, since that's one of the only other places that has purchased the "hunter green and gold-lettered" receptacle. The total tab for the 34 new bins is going to come out to about $25,000; the good news is that an anonymous donor has stepped in to cover the costs. And Greenwich will be now cleaner than ever. Which is great to hear because as we all know—and as one local official points out—"it's important to have the proper receptacles so that the trash hits the bin and not the sidewalk." [GT]

Crazy Old Bay Ridge Man Gets Dirty, Famous

Hamilton Nolan · 03/06/08 01:45PM

The tabloid frenzy over Richard Martin, the crazy old Bay Ridge super who enjoys posting crazy signs insulting his tenants, continues to escalate. The Daily News gains the edge today by breaking the story that the cranky old man is letting his building's lobby fill up with garbage. To teach those dirty tenants! The city's other media outlets are surely deploying crack investigative teams to Bay Ridge at this very moment, intent on uncovering all the serpentine twists and turns of this developing, inconsequential matter. After the jump, an actual photo of the abrasive sign that the coot posted warning his tenants of his rotten scheme.