They said it couldn't be done. They said Northern NYC East of Broadway was the forgotten Manhattan - the Big Apple that the city seems to have an "unofficial" policy of "hands off". And yet, the flooding was terrible - with every rain, every fire hydrant game - it was like a river on Academy Street. Numerous times residents had called 311 and the Department of Environmental Protection for help. And every time no results.
Enter "Inwood Manhattan" online magazine and their
policy of community activism and accountability. Through sheer persistence - including contacting the fire department, the 34th Precinct, the mayor's office and even literally chasing after a DEP truck in the street - the Department of Environmental Protection finally came out and cleared the drain with their city equipment and staff. The result: no more river on Academy!