From The New York Shitty Inbox: PO’ed At Pio Pio Riko

When I encountered the above assortment of detritus (a rose, a fern leaf, a cake figurine and a partially consumed bottle of Corona— all of which reeked of stale beer) in front of Pio Pio Riko yesterday it was enough to even give me pause. So I took a picture of it. Now jump forward to today: you can imagine my lack of surprise when I received an email from someone else who finds this establishment’s lack of tidiness troubling.

Anonymous (who sent me the above images) writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

I live on Huron St, and every day I have to walk pass Pio Pio Riko at the corner of Manhattan and Huron in order to go to and from my house every day.

The problem is the absolutely foul, unsanitary conditions that I observe on a daily basis. Mice play on the side on the building with reckless abandon. Attached is a photo of the dumpster, which attracts clouds of flies and is almost always overflowing. PPR is sometimes even kind enough to use the city supplied green trashcan in front of their business for their own refuse (something that can be accompanied by a fine.)

I’m a three-year Greenpointer who is about as pro-local business as you can get, but the conditions here are ridiculous. We’ve tried 311 in order to get the restaurant to clean up its act, but the city won’t do anything. The sidewalk often becomes impossible to navigate, it being strewn with trash from the restaurant. When it gains, you can see workers wading through inches of water in the PPR basement prep kitchen as workers chop onions and bring up vats of “green sauce.” Disgusting.

Take a walk down Huron St one evening past PPR, and tell me what you smell. I’m not trying to run PPR out of the nabe; I simply want them to have respect for their neighborhood and the people who live in it.



Let’s see: Anonymous is calling 311. That’s a good start. However he/she should be forwarding these complaint numbers (with photos) to Community Board 1. Other than that I honestly don’t know what else can be done. Does anyone have advice for Anonymous? If so please tender them via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


Miss Heather


2 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: PO’ed At Pio Pio Riko

  1. d on Mon, 7th Jun 2010 7:33 pm
  2. And we know someone who has to live above that place. 😐

  3. neighborhood threat on Mon, 7th Jun 2010 9:13 pm
  4. PPR has been DOH’d so many times that we call it “Pio Pio Rat-co” and will never ever go there again. I am not sure that it is true that “the city does nothing” because they are getting DOH’d. But calling, getting the complaint #, and giving it to CB1 does help. Not overnight but it does help.

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