Clean streets? Come to east Bronx

The East Bronx is once again squeaky clean.

Two community districts in the easternmost part of the borough ranked in the top three across the city in the Mayor’s Office quarterly street cleanliness report.

The city compiles the rankings based on a series of factors including health violations, littering rate and how well a neighborhood complies with alternate side parking regulations.

Community Board 11, which covers Van Nest, Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens and Allerton, finished tops in the Bronx and second best citywide for the September-December quarter. The area boasted a sparkling 99.1 percent clean street rating.

“What can I say? We’ve got good people,” said Anthony Vitaliano, CB11’s chairman.

Next-door neighbor Community Board 10, which covers Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck and City Island, came in at third place citywide with an even 99 percent clean streets.

Queens’ Community Board 11, which is nearly in Long Island, placed first citywide.

South gone south

But it wasn’t clear sailing for all areas of the borough. Community Board 3, which includes Morrisania and Crotona Park, ranked last in the Bronx with 87.2 percent clean streets, down from 92. 4 percent last year.

Melrose, Mott Haven and Port Morris covered by Community Board 1 finished second last in the Bronx with 88.3 percent of its streets deemed “acceptable.”

That’s a big drop from the 94. 6 percent of acceptable streets the area had over the same period of time last year.

Middle and upper-class residential Riverdale covered by Community Board 8 also dropped in street cleanliness. Some 99 percent of that nabe’s streets were deemed acceptable last September-December, ranking them as the borough’s cleanest sector. But this time around, just over 95 percent of the area’s streets were acceptable.

Other slight snags

The Bronx as a whole suffered a slight dip, dropping from 95.3 percent of streets deemed “acceptable” last year to 94.2 percent this year.

The borough, however, still ranked cleaner overall than Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Staten Island still boasts the city’s cleanest streets, with a 97. 3 acceptable rating boroughwide.

Ben Kochman can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (718) 742–3394

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