Eddie Nieves: “On the Route”

Eddie Nieves (left) with his former partner Angelo Bruno


Narrator: Eddie Nieves

Interviewer: Jackie Colognesi

Date: March 29, 2011

Duration: 1:11:33

Edwin (Eddie) Nieves has worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for 26 years, from 1985 to 2011. In this interview, he discusses different aspects of his work, including job safety, the qualities found in a good partner or supervisor, working outdoors during different seasons, and the specific components that make up the work on a sanitation route. He also talks about both the merits and pitfalls of the job, from the sense of community one feels working in a small neighborhood to the particulars of some of the more unpleasant details that one might be assigned.

Eddie Nieves (center) and the M2 gang


“It’s like marriage”

“On the route”

“And all they had to do was leave it there”

“A funny story…this nun said-“

“Like a magician”

“Nowhere to put the snow”

“It’s a miracle”



Full Interview:

Nieves Full Interview – Part 1 of 4

Nieves Full Interview – Part 2 of 4

Nieves Full Interview – Part 3 of 4

Nieves Full Interview – Part 4 of 4



Nieves Original Transcript

Nieves Edited Transcript


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