Neighbors Angry Over Upper East Side Man’s Collection

April 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Neighbors Angry Over Upper East Side Man’s Collection
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a fine line between collecting and hoarding and some Upper East Side residents say one of their neighbors has crossed it.

Kevin McCrary, 64, was featured on the show “Hoarders.” Asked if he thinks the title is deserved, he told CBS 2′s Mark Morgan “I consider myself a collector/hoarder.”

A Manhattan apartment can be cramped, even when it’s empty, so it’s no surprise McCrary’s East 64th Street digs, where he’s live for 20 years, ran out of room.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

McCrary said for at least a decade, he has been collecting items, then moving them from his 4th floor apartment to a van parked on East 65th Street. He then donated or sold  some belongings to others, or put them in storage elsewhere.

The van, however, has become a bit of an attraction.

“I feel like every night or every day I walk my dog the garbage gets bigger and bigger on the truck,” one neighbor said.

“It’s an insult to the people who live in  the neighborhood to act in a thoughtless manner like that,” said neighbor Linda Pedro.

The van is piled with suitcases, a shopping cart, chair, and lamp "

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