Growing Garbage Heap on Garden Street

Massive, smelly garbage pile grows; no help from city

One uptown Hoboken resident shares their gripes about a “quality of life” issue that the folks at City Hall want no part of…

“I live on the 1200 block of Garden Street in Hoboken. There is a massive garbage pile on the corner of 12th and Garden (I believe the address is 1140 Garden) that has been sitting there for months. There are probably 15-20 garbage piles there and now people are walking by and dumping their trash on it as well. Empty cans, empty pill bottles, even piles of dog crap that people pick up are now building on top of it.

I have called the Hoboken health department but they say they are not allowed to do anything about it because the garbage is inside of the fence and they are liable for any injuries occur going inside the fence (absurd I know). So instead, they are issuing summons to the landlord whoever that may be, but let’s be honest, what is that really going to do. It clearly hasn’t worked yet because the disgusting garbage piles lives on.

I attached pictures but I think everyone on the block would love to see something done about this. It’s unbecoming for our neighborhood and town!

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14 Comments on "Growing Garbage Heap on Garden Street"

xtreme
Member

I disagree with the notion that the city has done nothing. The letter from the resident clearly indicates that the city already did or will be issuing a summons for unsantiary conditions to the landlord. Given that the trash is on private property they are not legally allowed to enter and remove the trash for liability reasons as they stated. The issue was reported and acted upon by the city. The true test now is if they continue to follow and pressure the owner to get the condition cleaned.

terrymalloy
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terrymalloy

Actually, that garbage is construction debris from 205 12th Street, which is being renovated by the owner, Dr. Zaklama. 1140 Garden Street is also owned by Dr. Zaklama and has 4 apartments that are rented.

Twice before, loads of this debris were placed in the same spot and the residents of 1140 Garden Street did in fact drag the bags out to the curb to be removed, as well as clean up the extra garbage that their fine neighbors had piled on top.

In reality, it is not only inappropriate for them to have to clean up after others like that, but likely improper/illegal for those bags of construction debris to be placed on the curb to be collected as household garbage.

The residents asked Dr. Zaklama’s workers to not put garbage there in the future, but the workers continued to do so, insisting that they were under specific instructions from Dr. Zaklama. Dr. Zaklama himself has even assured some of the residents of the building that he had called the city and arranged for the garbage to be removed on Friday or Saturday. That was 6 weeks ago.

The root of the solution lies with increasing the pressure/summons’ on the landlord to remove the garbage. But be warned: There is another pile of similar debris inside 205 12th Street waiting to take this pile’s place once it is removed.

vivaClinton
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vivaClinton

this guy sounds like a real winner.

http://hoboken411.com/archives/46058%5Bquote comment=”208667″]Actually, that garbage is construction debris from 205 12th Street, which is being renovated by the owner, Dr. Zaklama. 1140 Garden Street is also owned by Dr. Zaklama and has 4 apartments that are rented.Twice before, loads of this debris were placed in the same spot and the residents of 1140 Garden Street did in fact drag the bags out to the curb to be removed, as well as clean up the extra garbage that their fine neighbors had piled on top.In reality, it is not only inappropriate for them to have to clean up after others like that, but likely improper/illegal for those bags of construction debris to be placed on the curb to be collected as household garbage.The residents asked Dr. Zaklama’s workers to not put garbage there in the future, but the workers continued to do so, insisting that they were under specific instructions from Dr. Zaklama. Dr. Zaklama himself has even assured some of the residents of the building that he had called the city and arranged for the garbage to be removed on Friday or Saturday. That was 6 weeks ago.The root of the solution lies with increasing the pressure/summons’ on the landlord to remove the garbage. But be warned: There is another pile of similar debris inside 205 12th Street waiting to take this pile’s place once it is removed.[/quote]

HOB424
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HOB424

This is horrible. If it doesn’t get cleaned up, it will attract pests.

If you go to the tax records, search, type in 1140 and the owner’s name will be there. This owner has had issues with other properties in town. Just type in the owners name in the search box, to find out mnore.

tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/prc6...&out_type=0&district=0905

OpenEyes
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OpenEyes

actually this garbage heap is a health hazard especially in this heat – does not matter that it is on private property.
Call the NJ health department and you will get action

this garbage can cause disease!

Journey
Member
Journey

I don’t blame the city for this one. Behind a gate is private property.

In the suburbs if you neighbor has a trashy yard you can call the town, but they will do nothing more than issue summons if it violaits heath codes or something. I knew someone that didn’t mow his lawn and it pissed his neighbors off to no end. The sent him nasty notes, because it was not a hazard and the town would not get involved. I had a landlord that had piles of tree and shurb branches right up against the buildings for weeks. Nothing got done until I called the fire department, my correct guess it was fire code violation.

I know some like to blame the city for everything, but would you want city employees walking onto your private property?

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