NEW YORK – One New York City politician apparently does not have a sweet tooth for a locally made vanilla ice cream with brownie chunks and cherries.
That is because the ice cream in question, marketed under the name "Staten Island Landfill," is "insulting and derogatory," Staten Island borough president James Molinaro wrote in a letter on his Web site, in which he calls for a boycott of the treat.
"The stereotyping of our community is as ignorant as it is hurtful," the infuriated politician wrote.
For decades, until it closed in 2001, the city carted its refuse to a landfill in Staten Island, earning the area a reputation residents say is grossly undeserved. Molinaro wrote that the borough has consistently been named the "greenest, cleanest and safest."
Kim and Scott Myles, the Queens couple who founded 5 Boroughs Ice Cream, which produces "Staten Island Landfill," said they intended no harm with the moniker.
The company markets other city-based ice cream flavors, including "Jackson Heights Mangodesh," "South Bronx Cha Cha Chocolate" and even "Upper East Side Rich White Vanilla."
Those who tried the Landfill ice cream said the name was not a big deal.
"It's not like we'll be expecting to see a syringe or a rubber boot in there," said Joe Melendez, an ironworker from Brooklyn.