Chinatown Partnership Clean Streets


Clean Streets

15 Million Pounds of Trash and Counting!

Chinatown is cleaner and more inviting than ever. 

You've probably noticed our Clean Streets workers in bright yellow jackets. They're on the streets 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., sweeping, bagging trash for pickup, disinfecting, painting street fixtures and removing graffiti. In winter, they clear crosswalks, cut paths at bus stops and clear fire hydrants.

"The fact that the Chinatown Partnership has brought the Clean Streets program to this area, I think, has significantly helped the perception that Chinatown is improving, and is a more welcome place for people to come to visit the shops, the restaurants and all the other activities that are here."
Victor Pei
President, Elite HK Corp.

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Clean Streets Background

How is “Clean Streets” succeeding where other programs have not?

We began by sending our community outreach representatives out to talk to business owners to ensure their cooperation. Then our experts did a detailed assessment of every street in Chinatown, using handheld computers to record over 1,400 issues, including graffiti, potholes, ripped awnings and sidewalk conditions.

Using customized mapping software, the neighborhood was divided into "zones" where the Clean Streets team is dispatched armed with state-of-the-art tools and cleansers.

Chinatown Partnership also placed 48 new, steel, green trash cans around Chinatown. To sponsor a basket, contact us.


Clean Streets is run by veterans of the New York City Department of Sanitation, and is a partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services.


Clean Streets Help


 STATS (since inception):
Trash bags used 533,232
Estimated pounds
of trash removed

The Chinatown Partnership produced a hanging card and distributed it to hundreds of Chinatown businesses. Click to download "8 ways your business can help make Chinatown cleaner and more inviting." (PDF)

“Thank you for your organization’s arduous work in improving the environment in Chinatown. It is much cleaner and more inviting than before….We appreciate all the men and women you have employed this past year that have diligently cleaned our streets.”

Stephan Chan
Oversea Chinese Mission

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