You are reading

City to Hire 10,000 New Yorkers to Remove Graffiti, Clean Parks and Sidewalks

(Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

April 6, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The city plans to employ 10,000 New Yorkers to remove graffiti and clean city parks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

The city will hire 10,000 people by July and will post the first 1,000 job openings this month as part of its new “City Cleanup Corps” initiative.

De Blasio said the effort will help New Yorkers left jobless by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also beautifying neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.

“10,000 jobs — that that’s going to help a lot of families,” he said during a morning press briefing.

The jobs will pay $15-an-hour and the city will fund the program with money from the federal stimulus. The mayor did not provide an official price tag for the overall program.

“We want to take some of that stimulus money and do something special here in New York City, that’s going to employ 10,000 New Yorkers, give them an opportunity to get back on their feet, do something great for the city, [and] also help the city as a whole recover,” de Blasio said.

The workers will be tasked with removing graffiti, cleaning parks and maintaining streets that are part of the city’s Open Streets program.

The workers will also power-wash sidewalks, create community murals, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces and work with community-based organizations to clean local neighborhoods.

“Having a dedicated group of New Yorkers who are going to go out there [to] make this city shine, that’s going to speed the recovery,” de Blasio said.

The clean up crews will focus on neighborhoods hit hard by the pandemic, as well as business districts and commercial corridors.

“We’re also going to focus on business districts, commercial streets, places where we depend on our economic recovery to happen,” de Blasio said. “We want to beautify them. We want to show New York City is open for business and moving forward.”

The city will also identify areas in need of cleaning via feedback from local elected officials and community leaders.

The first 500 jobs have already been posted online at nyc.gov/ccc and another 500 will be posted throughout April.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Local electeds rally at Flushing Library, urge Mayor Adams’ administration to reverse library budget cuts as city’s deadline approaches

Jun. 24, 2024 By Athena Dawson

Local elected officials and advocates held a rally at Flushing Library to call on Mayor Adams’ administration to fully restore $58.3 million in funding for the city’s library systems on Sunday, June 23. Supporters are pushing for a resolution before the deadline for the city’s budget at the end of the month.  

Woman found dead with ‘visible signs of trauma’ inside her Little Neck home: NYPD

NYPD detectives are working to determine how a woman was killed inside a Little Neck home on Saturday morning.

Police from the 111th Precinct in Bayside responded to a 911 call of an unconscious woman inside a home on 58th Avenue near 251st Street, two blocks south of the Long Island Expressway, where they found a 44-year-old victim lying face down on the floor with visible signs of trauma to her back, police said. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the woman dead at the scene. She was later identified as Kate Tierney.

Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on Clearview Expressway in Bayside; White Plains driver busted in Fresh Meadows: NYPD

A Westchester motorist was arrested following a fatal hit-and-run that killed a motorcyclist on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside Saturday night.

Alex Cruz, 23, of Dekalb Avenue in White Plains, was taken into custody in Fresh Meadows less than two miles away from the crash scene that closed the southbound Clearview Expressway south of Northern Boulevard for hours.