Sidewalk of Syracuse’s Merriman Avenue site of trash heap covering 476 square feet
Back to Main MenuWeather HomeToday Forecast5 Day ForecastSchool Event ClosuresBack to Main MenuCrime Safety HomePolice BlotterReported CrimesCity of SyracuseNorth Suburbs Oswego CountyEast Suburbs Madison CountyWest Suburbs Cayuga CountyCNY TrafficBack to Main MenuEntertainment HomeCNY RestaurantsMovies Times NewsCNY Events CalendarCNY Music SceneCNY Arts TheaterCNY FestivalsCNY Tickets on SaleTV News ListingsNew York State FairCelebrity NewsBack to Main MenuPhotos HomePhoto EssaysBuy Photo ReprintsYour PhotosBack to Main MenuVideos HomeNews VideosSports VideosHigh School Sports VideosEntertainment VideosLiving VideosA mattress, for in nike air max thea stance, lies atop a wood pile on Congress Av nike air max thea enue. One Kellogg Street nike air max thea sidewalk is adorned with mounds of dirt, two couches and a blue tarp. And some Massena Street residents say they’re pretty sure that rats go through the excess trash on their sidewalk.But then there’s the neighborhood whopper a growing spectacle of tires, garbage bags, children’s toys and other discarded miscellany outside of what used to be 315 Merriman Ave.”It’s gotten disgusting,” said Chad Lynch, whose house at 313 Merriman Ave. is less than 10 feet from the pile. “And it’s coming from everywhere.”The “junkyard,” as some residents call it, started with some leftover plastic orange fencing from the demolition of 315 Merriman Ave. in the winter. Then someone left a few garbage bags.Soon the pile began expanding broken glass, empty cases of lighter fluid, whatever. The trash now stretches more than 34 feet long and 14 feet wide.”It says the neighborhood sucks,” Lynch said. “It says nobody cares.”Lynch began taking photos of passersby dumping their garbage nike air max thea into the pile. His pictures show someone taking a wheelbarrow down the street and then emptying its contents into the dump.Related: Syracuse police investigating double shooting on Merriman AvenueDavis and others said the problem began after 315 Merriman Ave. was condemned and torn down several months ago. Now, nobody is responsible for whatever piles up outside the vacant property, she said.Naomi Acosta added that demolishing the old house has also opened up what’s known as a “cut” slang for an open space between houses that drug dealers can run through.