NYC hoarder turns street into junkyard, residents say

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An Upper West Side street has been turned into one hoarder’s personal junkyard, according to fed-up residents.

Chairs, bedspreads, books and other mounds of trash have been piling up — without intervention from the city — for months near 77th Street on Columbus Ave, one woman said.

“This is disgusting. It’s been more than a month since this garbage is here, probably since the summer — a long time,” Fazi Husain, a nanny who works in the neighborhood, told The Post. “It is getting bigger and bigger.”

Residents on social media said the trash-filled eyesore is the property of a local man, who uses the block near the MS 245 school as his own personal storage unit.

“Items hoarded on sidewalk by a mentally ill person, not homeless,” wrote one Twitter user. “I pay for storage… I suppose I can just designate a sidewalk as mine to store belongings? And no one can move them?”

Items reportedly left by an emotionally disturbed man lines the sidewalk between on the West side of Columbus Ave between West 76th and West 77th Street.
Items reportedly left by an emotionally disturbed man lines the sidewalk between on the West side of Columbus Ave between West 76th and West 77th Street.
William C. Lopez/NY Post

A 53-year-old Amazon delivery worker, who declined to give his name, said that sometimes the man tries to make a few bucks off the junk pile.

“Sometimes he puts a price on it but who buys this? I see him sitting sometimes here,” the delivery worker said.

Piles of junk reportedly left by an emotionally disturbed man lines the sidewalk.
Piles of junk reportedly left by an emotionally disturbed man lines the sidewalk.
William C. Lopez/NY Post

“Police come but I don’t know what the reason is to let him stay here… This is not good in a pandemic situation,” he added.

An Upper West Side resident said that the heaps of trash have been reported multiple times to the Department of Sanitation and the city’s non-emergency police line.

“Case reported dozens of times to @nyc311 @NYCSanitation and nothing is done,” the user wrote on Twitter.

The Department of Sanitation didn’t not immediately respond to request for comment.



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