A study commissioned by the Sanitation Department and released this week found that a zoned system, in which companies would bid for all the commercial pick-ups in a particular area, would significantly reduce traffic and pollution.
In the quarter-century since a three-day explosion of violence there, steady effort has produced a more cooperative relationship in the neighborhood. Worries about gentrification and displacement now worry both communities.
It is one of the most polluted waterways in the country. It’s at the crux of efforts to restore health and improve access to New York’s waterways. And from the vantage point of a small motorboat, Newtown Creek somehow manages to be beautiful.