The ‘Trash House’ of 13th Street

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Last week we ran a photo of a row of houses on 13th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues, and a reader who’s thinking of buying on the street got in touch about one of the properties pictured, which she referred to as the “trash house.” She said neighbors tell her garbage has been piled up outside 196 13th Street for more than 12 years, and there’s “been recent complaint activity although it’s been INCREDIBLY tough to get an answer/get any action to get the place cleaned up–apparently since the trash doesn’t go beyond his property line, it’s okay-ish?” We swung by and talked to a couple neighbors on the block who also said that the house has been this way for more than a decade, which seems to be confirmed by a DOB violation on record from 2000 about “debris piled up at front.” Anyone know if the neighbors have any recourse in a situation like this, or do they just have to deal with the unsightly—and most likely unsanitary—mess? Click through for a close-up of the garbage… GMAP

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