The Dirt on New York City. Why Is It So Dirty?

The Dirt on New York City. Why Is It So Dirty?

People love to complain about how dirty New York City is. And, to be fair, there are plenty of things to complain about. But the dirt on New York City is the big one.

The streets are littered with rubbish, the subway is full of grime, and the air quality is far from pristine. But have you ever stopped to think about why the city is so dirty?

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The Dirt on New York City, A Summary

  • New York City is dirty because of the high population density, which leads to more trash on the streets.
  • The weather conditions (hot summers and cold winters) mean that there is more dirt and dust in the air.
  • New York City’s infrastructure (old pipes and sewers) can’t keep up with the amount of waste produced.
  • There is a lack of public space for people to dispose of their trash properly.
  • Some people simply don’t care about keeping New York City clean.
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Fact: The Place Is Dirty

New York City is dirty. There’s no getting around it. It’s just dirty.

It’s dirty because of the high population density. More people living in close proximity to each other means more trash on the streets. And that trash doesn’t just magically disappear.

It just accumulates and accumulates until the street is literally covered in trash. And it’s not just the street. The sidewalks are dirty, too.

You can’t walk two steps without stepping in some sort of garbage. And it’s not just the sidewalk. The whole city is dirty.

The subways are dirty, the parks are dirty, the buildings are dirty. Everything is dirty.

New York City is just one big, dirty city. But that’s okay, because it’s also one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. So, you take the bad with the good, I guess.

And, Of Course, No Blaming Is Complete Without Throwing Some Dirt at the Tourists

Lest we forget the popular punching bag, there’s tourism.

New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, which means that our streets and attractions are constantly overrun with tourists.

While most tourists are respectful of our city, there are always a few who treat it like their own personal dumping ground. Unfortunately, this contributes to an overall feeling of dirtiness.

But It’s A Great Place to Live If You Can Handle the Dirt… or If You Like It

New York City is a great place to live. The weather conditions are perfect for me.

The hot summers and cold winters mean that there is more dirt and dust in the air. And that’s exactly what I like.

I don’t want to live in a place where the air is clean and pure. I want to live in a place where the air is dirty and filled with all sorts of particles.

New York City is the perfect place for me.

Ancient Infrastructure Does Its Part

Can you believe that New York City’s infrastructure is so old that it can’t keep up with the amount of waste produced?

I mean, the city is constantly busting at the seams with people and businesses, so you would think that they would have updated their infrastructure by now.

But no, apparently they’re still dealing with the same old pipes and sewers. And it’s causing problems because the waste is starting to back up and cause all sorts of problems.

I don’t know about you, but I find this whole situation incredibly frustrating. The city needs to do something about this sooner rather than later before the problem gets any worse.

Even for the Well-Intended, The Options Are Sparse

As anyone who’s ever stepped in a pile of trash knows, there is a serious lack of public space for people to dispose of their trash properly. This adds to the dirt on New York City because what the hell can you do with it?

A thematic red trash can on Roosevelt Island.

It’s a real problem.

You see, when there’s no place for trash, people just throw it wherever they want, and that creates all sorts of problems.

First of all, it’s unsightly. No one wants to live in a place that’s covered in trash.

Second of all, it’s dangerous. Trash attracts vermin, and vermin carry diseases.

And third of all, it’s just plain rude.

When you throw your trash on the ground, you’re littering, and that’s not cool. So what can be done about this problem?

First of all, we need more public trash cans. And second of all, we need to educate people about the importance of not littering. Maybe then we can finally solve this trash problem once and for all.

Maybe The Worst of It: Some People Just Don’t Care

Some people simply don’t care about keeping New York City clean.

They’ll litter the streets, leave their trash on the subway, and generally make a mess of things. But for those of us who do care, we know that a clean city is a happy city.

There’s something about walking down a clean street or taking the subway in a clean car that just makes your day a little bit better.

And when we all work together to keep our city clean, it really shows.

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