Vintage Photograph of a Sanitation Worker's Nightmare in Harlem, 1948

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A nightmare for the city’s sanitation workers and mysophobes as The Times reported that a “survey of the areas flanking the New York Central Railroad elevated structure along Park Avenue, where Harlem merges with the Upper East Side, revealed side street conditions even more foul than those that can be seen daily by thousands of railroad travelers.” The commissioner of housing and buildings, fretting about a citywide problem of accumulating refuse, said it was “almost unbelievable what piles up overnight.””

Photo: Arthur Brower/The New York Times