Lincoln Square’s sparkling sidewalks and immaculate public spaces don’t come by naturally--clean and attractive sidewalks and streets (18 inches from the curb) are a priority for the BID, so a full quarter of our operating budget is allocated to keeping Lincoln Square spotless! The BID contracts with Atlantic Maintenance Company, which provides the employees who make up the Clean Team. Dedicated, loyal, hardworking, and committed to excellence—that’s the Lincoln Square BID Clean Team! Many of our Clean Team members have been working with the BID for eight or more years, and they take pride in their work and in its positive impact on the neighborhood.
No matter the weather, 364 days a year, seven days a week, 14 hours each day, the BID’s fourteen-member Clean Team, operating out of a field location generously provided by Fordham University, is out in the streets sweeping, bagging trash, painting street furniture, removing graffiti, power-washing street corners and shoveling snow—you name it they do it, all to make the streets and sidewalks clean and tidy. And they don’t stop with sidewalk and street cleaning: our Clean Team also cleans the ten Broadway Malls several times daily, supplementing our Goddard Riverside crew’s efforts; waters plants and flowers with our portable tanks; and performs other maintenance tasks as needed in the district.
Clean Team Stats:
- * 125 trash receptacles cleaned and serviced daily.
- * 75,000 bags or 937 tons of garbage bagged each year!
- * 215 lampposts / 167 parking meters / 137 street sign poles painted!
- * 93 fire hydrants and 67 catch basins cleared of snow during snow storms.
In addition to deploying the Clean Team, the BID ensures that the Lincoln Square neighborhood has the appropriate sanitation infrastructure to meet demand. We periodically replace defective trash receptacles with new ones, and in 2008 we placed recycling cans in Richard Tucker Park and Dante Park. In a terrific show of community support, over half of our BID-installed trash receptacles have been snapped up for sponsorship by neighborhood businesses and institutions. If you are interested in sponsoring a trash receptacle, please call our office at 212.581.3774.