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NYC Tops List of Dirtiest Cities: Poll

A Travel + Leisure poll ranked New York City as the dirtiest city in America.

New York City took the top spot in a Travel + Leisure magazine poll naming the dirtiest cities in America.

The magazine polled 50,000 people online to rate 35 American cities, and this year New York City rose to number one after ranking “a tidier number five last year,” says the magazine.

Following New York was New Orleans, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The New York Daily News, hearing the results, reached out to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a reply.

“Sounds like the people in this survey haven't been here in a long while,” mayoral spokeswoman Julie Wood told the paper. 

The city’s 50 million tourists last year, she added, “saw for themselves that the city is cleaner than ever.”

According to the paper, a recent Sanitation Department report rated the city’s streets at a 95% cleanliness, up from 70% in the 1970s.

Still, other cities “don't have the same smell of (urine) and the rodent problem that you have here,” Derek Snow, a recent city transplant from Boston, told the paper. “But if you want the extremely awesome, you have to take the extremely bad.”

What do you think, readers? If you had to choose the dirtiest block in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, or Boerum Hill, what would it be? Nominate the area most in need of a cleanup in the comments section. 

Mary A. September 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It's not just dirt, it's also building owners who not only fail to clean properties, but who fail to fix properties and leave dangerous looking scaffolding covering sidewalks and netting over buildings for years, like the building on the corner of Congress and Henry that has been in this condition for over 10 years, Makes the area look dirty and dangerous.
ANONYMOUS September 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Maybe its all the food wrappers spilling from the public waste cans, or the pile of bikes spew all over Court and Smith Streets, or the lack of tenant careful recycling (just throwing whole boxes on to the top of the recycling bins, the disgusting look of the recycling left out in front of buildings for days because Sanitation doesn't pick up until two days later or maybe the dog poop that dog owners just leave behind...maybe we are all responsible not just the building owners
Joanna Prisco September 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thank you for posting the picture, Mary.

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