Hindu Blessings Trashing NYC Waterway

04.22.11 Bucky Turco

The NYC Parks Department is praying that area Hindus will stop treating Jamaica Bay like it’s the Ganges. Their ritualistic offerings are tantamount to litter and unlike the sacred river in India, this confined body of water in Queens doesn’t carry away their religious trash, it just deposits it elsewhere, which isn’t good for the area’s sensitive ecosystem. Apparently, this has been going on for years and while officials have asked local temples for help in cleaning up and many have obliged, the practice continues.