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Power and glory

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

For some reason, whenever the NYPD is observed executing one of these drills, it actually makes me nervous. Logic demands such operations of course, their omission as a tactic would be irresponsible, but it reminds me of the truth of our world- and that the paramilitarization of the civilian police across the nation is a cause for concern. This was Union Square, incidentally, about a block from Tammany Hall, Manhattan.


It goes something like this: On a typical block in, say, Midtown Manhattan, as many as 80 police cars quickly stream in out of nowhere, in neat rows, their lights and sirens going. The drills seem to take place on blocks with restricted parking, and each car executes a fast back-in parking job against the curb.

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June 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

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cherished in fancy

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A topic that isn’t terribly popular to discuss at cocktail parties pertains to the Department of Sanitation of New York, as it reminds the “swells” that there’s always a bill to pay. Perhaps my fascinations with the DEP and the wastewater systems of the megalopolis have just adjusted my perception, but the flow of refuse in, around, and out of the City just might be one of the most important strategic issues of our day. I had intended this short post to focus in on the actual truck pictured above, and discuss statistical information about horsepower, load, and fuel consumption- however- I can find absolutely nothing on the subject publicly available.

Odd. DSNY is all about numbers.

There is a dearth of propaganda about an experiment with hybrid electric diesel models assigned to actual routes, but it will take a long time to replace all the big white trucks.

Extant esoterica begins this second annum of this, your Newtown Pentacle…


2,196 Collection Trucks

DSNY Collection and E-Z Pak trucks collect 12,000 tons (2,000 pounds = 1 ton) of refuse and recycling each day.  Collection trucks service curbside refuse and recycling along with basket collection and can hold up to 12 tons of refuse each.  EZ-Pak trucks collect refuse that is stored in containers.

Written by Mitch Waxman

June 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

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