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Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does! [Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
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NWS issues Coastal Flood Advisory for today's high tides on a New Moon

Wed, 2017-09-20 06:24


Event:Coastal Flood Advisory
Alert:
...MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING FOR THE
MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE
...

...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE BAYS TONIGHT...


* LOCATIONS...ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES AND ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE
BAYS.



* TIDAL DEPARTURE...1 1/2 TO 2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES
DURING THE MORNING HIGH TIDES CAUSING WIDESPREAD MINOR
TO LOCALLY MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING. 1 TO 2 FT ABOVE
ASTRONOMICAL TIDES TONIGHT CAUSING MINOR COASTAL
FLOODING
.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...SHALLOW FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN THE
MOST VULNERABLE LOCATIONS NEAR THE WATERFRONT AND SHORELINE.
EXPECT AROUND 1 TO 2 FEET OF INUNDATION ABOVE GROUND LEVEL IN
LOW LYING, VULNERABLE AREAS. SOME ROADS AND LOW LYING PROPERTY
INCLUDING PARKING LOTS, PARKS, LAWNS AND HOMES/BUSINESSES WITH
BASEMENTS NEAR THE WATERFRONT WILL EXPERIENCE SHALLOW FLOODING.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN
CONSIDERABLE EROSION OF DUNE STRUCTURES. LOCALIZED WASHOVERS
WILL RESULT IN SOME FLOODING OF ROADWAYS AND VULNERABLE
STRUCTURES BEHIND PROTECTIVE DUNES.

JAMAICA BAY NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.5 FT, MODERATE 8.2 FT, MAJOR 9.0 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.6 FT, MODERATE 2.3 FT, MAJOR 3.1 FT
TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
20/09 AM 7.8/ 8.3 1.9/ 2.3 1.0/ 1.5 2 MINOR
20/09 PM 7.6/ 8.1 1.7/ 2.2 0.9/ 1.4 1 MINOR
21/10 AM 7.6/ 8.1 1.7/ 2.2 0.8/ 1.3 1 MINOR
21/10 PM 7.6/ 8.1 1.7/ 2.2 1.2/ 1.7 1 MINOR

NWS issues Coastal Flood Warning for tonight's 8:40 pm high tide

Tue, 2017-09-19 02:49

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
548 PM EDT MON SEP 18 2017

...MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY...

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO NOON EDTTUESDAY...
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON EDT
WEDNESDAY
...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON EDT
WEDNESDAY. A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS
COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO NOON EDT
TUESDAY. THE COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ALONG THE SOUTHERN BAYS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES
OF NEW YORK CITY.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...1 TO 1 1/2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES FOR THE
TUESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CAUSING MINOR COASTAL FLOODING, AND 1
1/2 TO 2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES FOR THE LATE TUESDAY
EVENING AND WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDES CAUSING MODERATE
COASTAL FLOODING AROUND VULNERABLE PORTIONS OF JAMAICA BAY AND
THE ROCKAWAYS. LOCALIZED MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITH
THIS EVENINGS HIGH TIDE.

* RIP CURRENT RISK...HIGH THROUGH MIDWEEK.

* SURF HEIGHT...3 TO 5 FT TODAY...BUILDING TO 5 TO 10 FT TUESDAY.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...2 TO LOCALLY 3 FEET OF INUNDATION ABOVE
GROUND LEVEL IN LOW LYING, VULNERABLE AREAS NEAR THE WATERFRONT
AND SHORELINE DURING TIMES THE LATE TUESDAY EVENING AND
WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDES. THIS WOULD RESULT IN NUMEROUS ROAD
CLOSURES AND CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF LOW LYING PROPERTY
INCLUDING PARKING LOTS, PARKS, LAWNS AND HOMES/BUSINESSES WITH
BASEMENTS NEAR THE WATERFRONT. VEHICLES PARKED IN VULNERABLE
AREAS NEAR THE WATERFRONT WOULD LIKELY BECOME FLOODED.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN BEACH
EROSION AND MINOR DAMAGE TO DUNE STRUCTURES.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR
OCCURRING. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT
FOR RISING WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY.

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS, WIDESPREAD
DUNE EROSION AND LOCALIZED WASHOVERS.


JAMAICA BAY NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.5 FT, MODERATE 8.2 FT, MAJOR 9.0 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.6 FT, MODERATE 2.3 FT, MAJOR 3.1 FT

TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
18/08 PM 7.2/ 7.7 1.3/ 1.8 0.4/ 0.9 1 MINOR
19/08 AM 7.5/ 8.0 1.6/ 2.0 0.9/ 1.4 1 MINOR
19/09 PM 8.1/ 8.6 2.2/ 2.7 1.3/ 1.8 1 MODERATE
20/09 AM 7.8/ 8.4 2.0/ 2.5 1.1/ 1.6 1 MIN-MOD


:

ROCKAWAY INLET NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.3 FT, MODERATE 8.3 FT, MAJOR 9.3 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.8 FT, MODERATE 2.8 FT, MAJOR 3.8 FT

TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
18/07 PM 6.6/ 7.1 1.0/ 1.5 0.4/ 0.9 2 NONE
19/08 AM 7.2/ 7.7 1.6/ 2.0 1.1/ 1.6 3-4 MINOR
19/08 PM 7.8/ 8.3 2.2/ 2.7 1.5/ 2.0 4 MIN-MOD
20/09 AM 7.6/ 8.1 2.0/ 2.5 1.4/ 1.9 4 MINOR

NWS issues Coastal Flood Watch for our area

Mon, 2017-09-18 11:02

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
444 AM EDT MON SEP 18 2017

...DANGEROUS SURF AT ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES THROUGH MIDWEEK...
...MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY INTO
WEDNESDAY...


NYZ075-178-182030-
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KINGS (BROOKLYN)-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
444 AM EDT MON SEP 18 2017

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT TUESDAY......HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING......COASTAL FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...ALONG THE SOUTHERN BAYS AND ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES
OF NEW YORK CITY.


* RIP CURRENT RISK...HIGH THROUGH MIDWEEK.

* SURF HEIGHT...4 TO 6 FT TODAY...BUILDING TO 6 TO 12 FT
TUESDAY.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...2 TO 2 1/2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES LATE
TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* POTENTIAL COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...2 TO LOCALLY 3 FEET OF
INUNDATION ABOVE GROUND LEVEL IN LOW LYING, VULNERABLE AREAS
NEAR THE WATERFRONT AND SHORELINE DURING TIMES OF HIGH TIDE
LATE TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THIS WOULD RESULT IN
NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES AND CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF LOW
LYING PROPERTY INCLUDING PARKING LOTS, PARKS, LAWNS AND
HOMES/BUSINESSES WITH BASEMENTS NEAR THE WATERFRONT. VEHICLES
PARKED IN VULNERABLE AREAS NEAR THE WATERFRONT WOULD LIKELY
BECOME FLOODED.


* SHORELINE IMPACTS...BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN BEACH
EROSION AND MINOR DAMAGE TO DUNE STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN
SANDBARS AND NEAR STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS...JETTIES...AND
PIERS. TALK TO LIFEGUARDS AND BEACH OFFICIALS TO LEARN ABOUT ANY
SURF HAZARDS AND HEED THEIR ADVICE. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND
POSTED SIGNS AND SWIM IN LIFE GUARDED AREAS.

SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...RELAX AND
FLOAT...AND DO NOT SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT. IF ABLE...SWIM IN A
DIRECTION FOLLOWING THE SHORELINE. IF UNABLE TO ESCAPE...FACE THE
SHORE AND CALL OR WAVE FOR HELP.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR
FLOODING ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP. COASTAL RESIDENTS SHOULD BE
ALERT FOR LATER STATEMENTS OR WARNINGS...AND TAKE ACTION TO
PROTECT PROPERTY.

&&

THE BATTERY NYC
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.2 FT, MODERATE 8.5 FT, MAJOR 9.6 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 2.2 FT, MODERATE 3.5 FT, MAJOR 4.6 FT

TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
18/08 AM 5.7/ 6.2 0.6/ 1.1 0.4/ 0.9 1 NONE
18/08 PM 6.1/ 6.6 1.0/ 1.5 0.4/ 0.9 1 NONE
19/08 AM 6.5/ 7.0 1.4/ 1.9 1.0/ 1.5 1 NONE
19/09 PM 7.8/ 8.3 2.7/ 3.2 2.1/ 2.6 1 MINOR
20/09 AM 7.5/ 8.0 2.3/ 2.8 1.9/ 2.3 1 MINOR
20/09 PM 6.6/ 7.1 1.5/ 2.0 1.0/ 1.5 1 NONE

JAMAICA BAY NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.5 FT, MODERATE 8.2 FT, MAJOR 9.0 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.6 FT, MODERATE 2.3 FT, MAJOR 3.1 FT

TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
18/08 AM 6.7/ 7.2 0.8/ 1.3 0.2/ 0.8 1 NONE
18/08 PM 7.2/ 7.7 1.3/ 1.8 0.4/ 0.9 1 NONE
19/08 AM 7.6/ 8.1 1.7/ 2.2 1.0/ 1.5 2 MINOR
19/09 PM 8.6/ 9.1 2.7/ 3.2 1.8/ 2.2 2 MODERATE
20/09 AM 8.5/ 9.0 2.6/ 3.1 1.7/ 2.2 2 MODERATE
20/09 PM 7.7/ 8.2 1.8/ 2.2 1.0/ 1.5 1 MINOR



ROCKAWAY INLET NY
MLLW CATEGORIES - MINOR 7.3 FT, MODERATE 8.3 FT, MAJOR 9.3 FT
MHHW CATEGORIES - MINOR 1.8 FT, MODERATE 2.8 FT, MAJOR 3.8 FT

TOTAL TOTAL DEPARTURE
DAY/TIME TIDE TIDE FROM NORM WAVES FLOOD
FT MLLW FT MHHW FT FT IMPACT
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
18/07 AM 6.1/ 6.6 0.5/ 1.0 0.2/ 0.8 2 NONE
18/07 PM 6.6/ 7.1 1.0/ 1.5 0.4/ 0.9 2 NONE
19/08 AM 7.3/ 7.8 1.7/ 2.2 1.2/ 1.7 3-4 MINOR
19/08 PM 8.4/ 8.9 2.7/ 3.2 2.1/ 2.6 4 MODERATE
20/09 AM 8.4/ 8.9 2.7/ 3.2 2.2/ 2.7 4 MODERATE
20/09 PM 7.2/ 7.7 1.6/ 2.0 1.0/ 1.5 2-3 MINOR


TIME OF HIGH TOTAL TIDES ARE APPROXIMATE TO THE NEAREST HOUR.

Superstorm Sandy Survivors Warn Harvey, Irma Victims Of What’s Ahead

Mon, 2017-09-18 10:15

Brace yourselves for years of bureaucratic quagmire, those who lost homes warn.


WASHINGTON — Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed their house, Sophia Vailakis-DeVirgilio and her family are still waiting to rebuild and return to their property. It’s a nightmare she fears many in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have only just begun.“God help them,” Vailakis-DeVirgilio told HuffPost, adding that when it comes to securing insurance money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency she expects those hurt by the back-to-back, record-breaking hurricanes will “get raked over the coals.”Vailakis-DeVirgilio and her husband had been paying into the National Flood Insurance Program for nearly a decade when the storm surge from Sandy inundated their home in Broad Channel, New York. The damage was extensive. The walls of their newly renovated seaside cottage were blown out, and the water “rocked and twisted” the house, knocking it from its foundation, she said. The couple did what it was supposed to: They filed a flood claim with FEMA, which oversees the federal flood insurance program — established by Congress in 1968 to provide low-cost insurance to people living in flood-prone areas. As they would soon find out, being an NFIP policyholder doesn’t necessarily mean that rebuilding in the wake of a natural disaster will happen quickly. A few months after filing their claim, the family was cut a “lowball” check for $69,000, Vailakis-DeVirgilio said. Unsatisfied, the family hired an attorney. It would be more than 2½ years of fighting FEMA and the insurance company — while her husband Lenny was undergoing treatment for liver cancer and hepatitis C — before they received an offer they found acceptable. That settlement remains confidential.Since receiving the money they were owed, the couple has dealt with numerous other issues that have prevented them from rebuilding, including a contractor who defrauded them of more than $40,000 and numerous issues with permits, she told HuffPost. Vailakis-DeVirgilio, her husband and their 15-year-old daughter have moved four times since the Sandy disaster and are currently living in a rental home three doors away from their vacant property. Vailakis-DeVirgilio’s husband, a former New York City schoolteacher, has drained his retirement account. And had it not been for her job, working a condensed three-day workweek on a computer help desk, she says she would never have been able to wage such a battle.“This is a full-time job,” she said.Vailakis-DeVirgilio was among a number of Superstorm Sandy victims who traveled to Washington this week to warn the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma that their problems have only just begun and to urge them to be vigilant as they fight to recover. “The storm is the easy part,” George Kasimos, founder of Stop FEMA Now, a citizen advocacy group fighting to reform NFIP, said during a news conference Wednesday at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

CHRIS DANGELO/HUFFPOST

Superstorm Sandy flood victims, including Sophia Vailakis-DeVirgilio, far left, hold a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to warn those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma about the challenges of navigating the National Flood Insurance Program.
The NFIP, which is now almost $25 billion in debt, was set to expire Sept. 30. But with national attention on the struggling program and little time for constructive reform, Congress passed legislation extending it until Dec. 8. The punt was tucked into an agreement struck by President Donald Trump and Senate Democrats to provide billions of dollars in disaster aid for Hurricane Harvey, raise the debt ceiling and keep the government from shutting down. Stop FEMA Now is among a number of groups calling for an overhaul of NFIP. Its members say it’s time that the program protected homeowners from outrageous premiums, pushed money to storm victims rather than insurance companies and government contractors, and held insurers and engineers accountable for fraudAugie Matteis Jr.’s law firm represents more than 1,200 clients in New York and New Jersey who opted to reopen insurance claims in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Nearly five years after the disaster, 900 of those clients are still waiting for a reimbursement, he said, adding that Irma and Harvey victims need look no further for a glimpse of what they’re up against. “When is this mess going to end?” Matteis asked. “This is the proverbial swamp of Washington that people talk about. Somebody needs to stand up now and make FEMA pay these claims fairly — not next year, not next month, but right now.” What was once a self-sustaining program has been walloped in recent years by an increasing number of claims following costly natural disasters, including Sandy and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In fact, 1 percent of the roughly 5 million policyholders account for 25 to 30 percent of all claims, according to Scientific American. The Government Accountability Office has labeled the program as “high risk,” citing “structural weaknesses in how it’s funded.” And in a report published Sept. 1, the Congressional Budget Office found that the program is operating at a $1.4 billion annual shortfall. In a call with reporters before the Stop FEMA Now news conference, Roy Wright, FEMA’s deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation, said the agency had taken steps in recent years to refocus the program on policyholders, to be more transparent and to make the appeals process more fair. He said he was committed to ensuring policyholders are paid “every dollar” that they are owed. Losses from Hurricane Harvey alone are expected to cost NFIP $11 billion. So far, 84,000 Harvey victims have filed claims with FEMA, and the flood insurance program has divvied out $177 million in advanced payments — a figure Wright said he expected to “rapidly” climb. Then there’s Hurricane Irma, which pummeled islands in the Caribbean before moving on to the Florida Keys and the U.S. Southeast. Although still early, Irma will only further stress a program that, as The Naples Daily News in Florida reported, has just $1.5 billion on hand and $5.8 billion in borrowing authority

SEAN RAYFORD VIA GETTY IMAGES

Marc St. Peter, left, and Chris Wisor lend a hand cleaning up as floodwaters from Hurricane Irma recede Wednesday in Middleburg, Florida.
Among those who shared their personal horror stories Wednesday was Diane Mazzacca, whose 1,400-square-foot home in Beach Haven West, New Jersey, was flooded with 4 feet of water during Sandy. She said she’s been fighting an initial payout offer of $27,000 and has yet to receive a full reimbursement. Her advice for anyone affected by Harvey or Irma: “Put on your big girl pants, because it’s going to be a long, bumpy ride.”  “My heart breaks for everybody that has been hit with these floods,” Mazzacca said, holding back tears. “I know that their task at hand is going to be beyond stressful.” Phil Nufrio, a professor of public policy, administration and emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York whose Seaside Park, New Jersey, home was damaged by Sandy, said people will be “undercut” and “shorted” by the agency. “Take pictures. Tons of pictures,” Nufrio said. “Keep your receipts, organize your receipts, because you are going to go through a quagmire of government bureaucracy.” Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) joined the group of Sandy survivors in calling for a reform of the NFIP. He said the program is “essential” for America’s coastal communities and has been successful in driving safer building standards. Instead of vilifying it, it’s time to fix it, he said. “We cannot let the program lapse,” he said. “It will be a disaster for the American people.” MacArthur also stressed that while all eyes are on Texas and Florida right now, FEMA’s job “is far from being done” in New Jersey and New York. Like others who spoke Wednesday, Vailakis-DeVirgilio said she’s all for reforming NFIP to make it more sustainable and holding insurance companies accountable. But she sees a bigger issue that can’t be ignored: climate change.“It’s not just ‘let’s just move people.’ We have to do more than one thing,” she said of fixing NFIP. “I’m a registered Republican. Climate change is real. I’m a climate refugee, my whole family is. We can either take the bull by the horns and be at the forefront of technology and the economy of climate change and how we can correct it, or we can let the rest of the world — like China — do it.”Vailakis-DeVirgilio also fought back tears when asked about the people whose lives and homes have been devastated by Harvey and Irma. “If I could go down there and help every single one of them I would,” she said. “Right now I have to focus on getting [my family] home.”

NEW SANITATION APPOINTMENT SERVICE TO SCHEDULE LARGE BULK PICKUPS

Sat, 2017-09-09 09:04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Press Release #17-53     September 7, 2017                                                                              www.nyc.gov/sanitation                                                                              DSNY LAUNCHES NEW APPOINTMENT SERVICE TO SCHEDULE LARGE BULK PICKUPSWILL ALLOW FOR MORE TIMELY COLLECTIONS
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today announced the official launch of a new and innovative appointment system designed to help DSNY more efficiently collect large non-recyclable bulky items such as sofas, mattresses, and large wooden furniture.
New Yorkers can now arrange for timely bulk pickup appointments online at nyc.gov/bulk or by calling 311.
“We’ve heard New Yorkers’ concerns regarding how to place out large bulky items for collection around the city,” said Commissioner Garcia.  “Between July 2016 and June 2017, New Yorkers made nearly 90,000 calls to 311 to inquire about collection of large bulky items. Recognizing that we had implemented a hugely successful e-waste pickup program on Staten Island, we modeled our large bulky item collection service along the same principles,” she added.
The new service is designed for items that are larger than four (4) feet by three (3) feet, such as sofas and bulky wooden furniture that can be lifted by two workers and be able to fit inside a Sanitation collection truck.
“We always encourage New Yorkers to donate furniture and other items that they no longer want but that potentially can be reused by others,” said Commissioner Garcia.  To find convenient donation centers and non-profit partners, visit nyc.gov/donate.  
This service does not apply to items that require special handling, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, TVs, computers, and other electronics. To learn how to properly recycle or dispose of those items, visit nyc.gov/dsny or call 311.
Also, metal, glass and rigid plastic items, including bedframes, patio furniture, and filing cabinets, should still be placed out for recycling collection after 4 p.m. the night before your scheduled recycling day.  
Some helpful tips:• Do not block foot traffic or place items in the street or in front of another property.• If you have more than six (6) large items for collection, schedule additional appointments.• Place your large items curbside after 4 pm the night before your appointment.• Mattresses/box springs should be placed in a plastic bag before setting out at curbside toprevent the spread of bed bugs and avoid a $100 fine.