Some Upper East Side residents say their sense of serenity near Asphalt Green and Carl Schurz Park will be lost now that the Army Corps of Engineers has approved final permits to open a waste transfer site nearby.
Neighbors fear reopening the site, which closed down in the 1990s, will bring lines of trash trucks.
Several community groups including Residents for Sane Trash solutions have fought the project for months. Lawsuits in state Supreme Court are pending, and now they plan to file in federal court. Some are willing to take more drastic measures, such as chaining themselves to fences.
The Bloomberg administration doesn't agree with neighbors' fears about the potential environmental meltdown. The administration says that opening transfer site is necessary and will bring long overdue relief to communities outside of Manhattan, like Brooklyn and the Bronx, that have long handled most of city's trash.
Supporters say by ferrying trash by ship and barge means fewer garbage trucks will be used citywide and more fairly distributes trash in all 5 boroughs.