April 30th, 2013
Two years and counting...
They say you should write about what you know. I'll just show you.
Today, air conditioners are being delivered to the Henry Street townhouses.
On the street, there is much digging. My wake up call was a pneumatic drill. My lunchtime distraction was a pneumatic drill. The background music for my editing was a pneumatic drill.
The cat is beginning to purr like a pneum...
April 30, 2013
I think today might be the day that they finally kill one of the oak trees on the sidewalk. I love those trees - and for the houses' new owners, out of pocket several million dollars ($4,600 and $4,800, apparently) after purchase, they are important for privacy, too. A trench is being dug right beside the tree farthest to the left (below).
The trees have never been protected.
In a sense, I have not minded the construction - this is New York. Whaddayagonnado? It did become problematic last year while I was writing my book, as the noise was profound, but once summer arrived and the sliding door to the terrace was shut and the airconditioner on, it all disappeared into a white noise hum.
Naturally, as it is spring, the door is open again, the noise is back. Ironically, when it is all finally done, it might be time for us to move on.
April 30th, 2013 - the oak's death knell?
What has been very aggravating in the last couple of months, has been the water main breaks. There had never been houses on the site before, so everything had to be laid from scratch. Sewers, water, gas, electricity. Water to our building has been shut off without warning, for hours, and when it comes back on it is dark brown and filled with mud. This kills the laundry that is in the machine at the time. Like, dead. And drinking tap water seems unappealing, for a while.
So, here's a little construction tour, going back in time to 2011, from my very subjective and usually elevated point of view.
April 16, 2013 - next door, the new outdoor shower. Neighbours will be friendly...
April 2, 2013 - dig, dig, dig
March 15, 2013 - gas lines
February 27, 2013 - water, dig, dig, dig
January 9, 2013 - the penthouse level gets sliding doors
September 27, 2012 - the oaks give us all some privacy
July 6, 2012 - top floor shells are done
April 3, 2012 - the basement walls are in
April 3, 2012 - it was a noisy time...
March 20, 2012 - delivery
March 13, 2013 - some concrete cutting action next door at the former Amity Street Horror
March 12, 2013 - the first floors going in
March 1, 2013 - basement walls are in
February 17, 2013 - we need some concrete
December 20, 2011 - once home to feral cats, now home to tractor cats. Dig, dig, dig.
November 9, 2011 - steel I-beam delivery
Noise - from the first new townhouse, around the corner, on Amity Street
I had imagined designing a garden, in this neglected space here, before the so-called Amity Street Horror (otherwise known as The Lamm Institute) was sold by Long Island College Hospital and turned from a care facility for children with disabilities, to future residence of the well heeled.
Ain't no space for gardens, now.
And I wonder where the children went?
I'll just leave you with a little construction lullaby, courtesy of a few minutes ago:
HAVE A NICE DAY!