Saturday, December 26, 2015

Waste & Glory

Forsyth Street, down by the Manhattan Bridge.  A beautiful stretch of the old city.

Along with the names on the private waste trucks, I've come to notice the names on dumpsters too. Often they're the same. There are more than ever dumpsters on the streets these days, with demolition a constant. You'll see Jerusalem all over New York, and Avid (above) is found at many a curbside. Shades of Blake haunt the metropolis.

A couple more collection business names caught the eye recently: Metropolitan Recycling - Striving Towards a Cleaner Tomorrow! - and PM Waste, which, inadvertently I'm sure, can't help but remind one of other, earlier, disposal routines.  The night soil rounds.

(Annual Report of the Board of Health of the Health Department of the City of New York, Volume 4, 1874)

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