Sewer Comes to Queens

Posted: February 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm; By: Editor  

We couldn't believe this when we ready this story from the City Room blog of The New York Times about a neighborhood in southeastern Queens right by Kennedy Airport that is finally getting hooked up to the city's sewer system.

From the article:

It is a day they thought would never come, down here in the Land of the Lost: No more flushing of toilets into Hook Creek. No more running of dishwater and bathwater into Jamaica Bay.

“When I first moved here, they told me, ‘You’re all getting sewers soon,’” said Lenny Zamiello, 88, a retired carpet and linoleum installer who lives in Meadowmere, Queens. “That was 60 years ago.”

But it’s true: sewers have come to Meadowmere and Warnerville, two tiny neighborhoods in extreme southeast Queens, tucked so close to Kennedy International Airport that the jumbo jets roar right over the rooftops.

The story is truly unbelievable and well worth a read. You can find the full story here.

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