By Victoria Bekiempis
It’s a tale of two terrible choices.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who rose to power on a populist “tale of two cities” platform that promised to lessen the widening divide between Gotham’s rich and poor, is now contending with a big political problem in his future backyard – and there’s no good way he can solve it without looking hypocritical.
That problem: a forthcoming garbage-shipping plant called the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station. The construction was greenlighted in 2005 as part of the Bloomberg-backed solid waste management plan – a key tenet of which was spreading garbage facilities across both rich and poor neighborhoods in New York. The station, which will take in trash from garbage trucks and then ship it by boat for processing, will be located at the northeast edge of the Upper East Side – which, as a whole, is arguably New York’s richest neighborhood. The station, which will be located on the site of a long defunct trash facility, is also three blocks from Gracie Mansion, the historical New York City mayoral residence where de Blasio, presently a Brooklyn resident, says he plans to move.