New York City's newest tourist spot is - a dump. The city has printed guides to help tourists find their way around the world's biggest pile of garbage - the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.
The idea took off last year, after a consultant told sanitation department officials that visits could boost the landfill's "image" - and maybe make it just a bit more palatable to disgusted neighbors, the Daily News reported Monday.So the tour project got a $50,000 budget, and sanitation workers retrained as - tour guides. They'll soon hand out color maps of the dump and follow a 30-page script that talks about "visuals."
Well, it's visual all right: cranes scooping garbage off barges 24 hours a day, complete with the offensive odors of old clothes and shoes, dirty diapers and banana peels, shreds of plastic garbage bags poking through dirt.
William Cloke, deputy landfill director, has high hopes for New York City's latest venture.