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Garbage and ignorance

Here are some pictures I made at Brighton Beach Avenue. It looked like some business owners decided to ignore every law, rule or regulations and to turn Brighton Beach Avenue into dirty street bazaar or transform it into one big garbage pile of rotten vegetables and fruits.

Tel-Aviv Market and Mazal Produce are the most egregious violators of all possible business rules. They block sidewalks and even driveways. And they do not even care about fines or other penalties. They call it "cost of doing business".

DCA Commissioner
Julie Menin and

Councilman Chaim Deutsch

That is why I was glad to learn that Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Councilman Mark Treyger invited Julie Menin, Commissioner of Department of Consumer Affairs, to Shorefront Y - to meet business owners and consumers and to answer their questions and concerns. Representatives of Sanitation Department also promised to take an action against wrong practices of some business.

Several business owners complained about growing homeless population along commercial corridors of Brighton Beach Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Avenue U and Kings Highway.

Bay News covered the meeting with Julie Menin.

Here is a quote from the story:

Business owners also got to speak with Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin about her department’s business-friendly reforms, and Ari Kagan, the community liaison for Comptroller Scott Stringer, who helped translate for the many Russian-speaking entrepreneurs who attended.

Brooklyndaily: Sheepshead Bay Road business owners feel overrun by homeless

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Tel-Aviv Market
places vegetables
all over sidewalk
Mazal Produce
always blocks
sidewalk and driveways

Ari Kagan
Photos by Ari Kagan


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