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City hauls off UWS hoarder’s junk pile, issues summons

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City workers hauled off a local hoarder’s junk pile shortly after The Post reported that the unsightly mess had turned an Upper West Side street into a junkyard for months.

Sanitation workers showed up at 77th Street and Columbus Avenue around midday Monday and tossed the curbside clutter into a garbage truck — while cops slapped the hoarder with a summons.

“This is property, it’s unattended at night,” an NYPD lieutenant told the man. “You leave it unattended. It’s movable property. It’s against the law to leave it on a public sidewalk.”

“I want to sell the stuff, that’s why I’m out here,” the hoarder told the cop.

“This stuff is all contaminated, sir,” the lieutenant replied. “It’s not even sanitary to sell it to anybody.”

The NYPD, NYC Sanitation and city homeless services arrive to deal with the unidentified man and his growing pile of "garbage" he's been collecting in the Upper West Side on March 1, 2021.
The NYPD, NYC Sanitation and city homeless services arrive to deal with the unidentified man and his growing pile of “garbage” he’s been collecting in the Upper West Side on March 1, 2021.
Matthew McDermott

“You’re violating the law by having this stuff here,” the cops said.

That’s when sanitation workers moved in and hauled away the junk, which included everything from clothes and bedspreads to chairs and books.

Officials speaking to the man whose collection of junk has been littering the streets in the Upper West Side on March 1, 2021.
Officials speaking to the man whose collection of junk has been littering the streets in the Upper West Side on March 1, 2021.
Matthew McDermott

The NYPD confirmed that the hoarder, who refused to give The Post his name, was “removed” and issued a summons for storing the junk on the sidewalk.

But that’s not the only junk pile the man keeps, the superintendent of his West 82nd Street building said.

A few of the junk seen on the sidewalk along Columbus Ave, between W 77 and W 76 Streets.
A few of the junk seen on the sidewalk along Columbus Ave, between W 77 and W 76 Streets.
Matthew McDermott

“He has a mess in the apartment,” Elias Wester, 55, said Monday. “One day, one of the social workers came and evaluated him and she said he was OK just because he answered the questions.”

“But when you see a person living like this, that’s not normal,” Wester said. “We had two tenants in my building who moved out because of him.”

The man seen next to his collection of junk in the Upper West Side.
The man seen next to his collection of junk in the Upper West Side.
Matthew McDermott

He said he understands why his tenant would want to set up shop on the sidewalk.

“It’s like an escape because he doesn’t want to be inside the apartment,” Wester said. “You should see the apartment. It’s bad.”

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy

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