Queens Residents Say Neighbor’s Yard Is An Eyesore

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Queens Residents Say Neighbor’s Yard Is An Eyesore
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents in Springfield Gardens, Queens say that their neighbor’s yard has become a prime site for illegal garbage dumping and a home for rats and raccoons.

Neighbor Mary Moore told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez on Wednesday night that she has been complaining to the city about the dilapidated house since it became vacant 20 years ago.

The yard is filled with overgrown weeds and garbage, including a pile of tires, an old mattress and a rusted car bumper.

Neighbor Tony McFadden said he has been spending his own money to clean up the mess.

“I’ve hired guys to come in here so many times — at least two or three times every year. And summertime, it goes right back out there again,” he said.

Moore said the growing pest problem poses a serious threat to the neighborhood’s children.

“We spent all kinds of money throwing stuff in there to kill the rats, raccoons and everything because we’re afraid for the children,” Moore said "

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