The City finally has cleaned up a fetid, flooded stretch of abandoned railroad known as "The Bronx Swamp," formerly an unsightly breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Workers removed 45 tons of trash from the site and pumped out 650,000 gallons of water, leaving a dry walkway. Earlier, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum had visited the malodorous "swamp" and had spoken out about the unspeakable conditions there. She called for an immediate cleanup, noting that the waterlogged railbed constituted a serious health hazard as well as an eyesore. Residents say they had complained about the site for more than 10 years.
A news account of the cleanup is at: http://ny1.com/1-all-boroughs-news-content/top_stories/110520/-i-ny1-exclusive---i--city-soaks-up-bronx-swamp.