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NY1 For You: Scaffolding Outside Harlem Building Cleaned Of Garbage

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Some tenants of a Harlem building annoyed by a long-standing scaffolding that has become a dumping ground contacted NY1 For You, and NY1 For You got it cleaned up. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

William Alvarez is taking a breath of fresh air now that the view outside his window has changed.

Last week, NY1 For You showed how trash was being thrown from windows on upper floors of Alvarez's building and landing on scaffolding right outside his windows.

"It's an eyesore," Alvarez said. "Soiled diapers, chicken bones, hypodermic needles and glass bottles."

Alvarez said the scaffolding has been up around Jefferson Houses in Harlem for years, even though no work has been done.

NY1 For You contacted the New York City Housing Authority, and a spokeswoman said the agency installed two sidewalk sheds around the building in the Jefferson Houses in 2010 to protect residents and the public from any falling bricks and debris, per city building code. She went on to say that contractors are cleaning the sheds on a monthly basis, but NYCHA staff will make every effort to monitor the sheds and have them cleaned more frequently until work is completed and the sheds are removed.

Alvarez said the scaffolding was completely cleaned the day after NY1 For You's story aired.

Although delighted with the cleanup, Alvarez is still worried about what will happen going forward.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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