The Latest (g)Rumblings at 110 Green Street

September 7, 2007 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

110 Green 9/7/07 8:55 a.m.

Last night as I was sipping my margarita at Casa Mon Amour a woman I know from 106-108 Green Street happened to walk by. The first word out of her mouth was not “Hello”. “How are you doing?” or “What’s up?” were not to be heard either. Rather,

So how do you like the noise?

was how she initiated our conversation. Yes, she was referring to 110 Green Street.

“Lovely as always.” I said. Some days it is impossible to differentiate the noise coming from 110 Green from that being made by the contractors working on the G train transformer upgrade at the other end of the block. They often join forces to make one oppressive wall of noise. Labor Day was an exception: only Magic’s crew were working that day.

This woman has the pleasure of living on the other side of the wall from the rather large red gizmo in the below photo.


Or should I say displeasure? You see, she is awakened by this device tearing up cement every morning. “Usually at 7:15” she said. She wasn’t very happy when I told her they were perfectly within the letter of the law as long as they started after 7:00 a.m.— but I digress. What I find more interesting is why they are tearing up cement: apparently it was not done correctly the first time. They need more piles. Whoops. No worries, they are busy driving them into the ground as I write this post.

She went on to tell me about her numerous calls to 311 complaining about the noise. One time she heard them knocking around at 11:00 p.m. Yikes.

When I searched the Department of Buildings’s Building Information System nary a complaint was to be found dating after July 17. This is the last (and only) active complaint (of 31 total to date) for this site:


I find this sort of interesting given that my husband and I were grousing as we walked through this refuse-ridden gauntlet yesterday evening in order to reach margaritaville.

110 Green Sidewalk

Ready? Set? GO!!!

Crack with tire

Don’t step on the crack or you might break your mother’s back!


How about some mud? A ten foot stretch of it to be exact.


This was once a chair. Now it is garbage. This has been left to disintegrate here for months.


Come to think of it, the more husky among you may wish to use the sidewalk on the other side of the street. The berth of passage gets pretty narrow. Even for me.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Now we have a cement mixer AND a pile driver! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

110 Green 9/7/07 2:20 p.m.

If you lived here, you’d be drinking by now. I am.


3 Comments on The Latest (g)Rumblings at 110 Green Street

  1. vintagejames on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 8:02 am
  2. OK. First of all, never complain to the DOB and the BIS thing online. Your complaint will be filed with the bedbug letters. It’ll be lost in Internet space.

    Do call 311 and be on their BIS site for the address you are calling about. When you get someone to talk with, you should be given a complaint number and it should already be entered on the site. Just renew your browser to get the update. If it ain’t there, they haven’t put it in.

    Then, check to see if they actually follow up. Looking up 110 Green Street I see a complaint dated 6/10/2007 for after hours work without a permit.

    Reading further, you can see the DOB finally got around to inspecting the place on 7/20/2007 and the disposition wasn’t entered until 7/23.

    HELLO? Guess they were busy doing whatever they do. What do they do?

    They don’t give a damn about current residents and their safety. We know that. I complained about work going on next to the building where I live, saying they were undermining the foundation. Their response said that they were building according to the plans–“self certified” of course.

    You know what happened next. The foundation went. We have cracks from the cellar up six floors to the roof in four separate building areas. Not to mention interior damage. Lawyers love this stuff.

  3. missheather on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 8:18 am
  4. CHRIST! Where do you live?

  5. vintagejames on Fri, 7th Sep 2007 10:08 am
  6. Where do I live? Brooklyn, obviously. The ZIP is 11229. Ocean Avenue Between Avenue S & Avenue T. They’re building shit here that looks like a cross between hotsheet hotels and the entrance to public toilets. And the FAR has been so corrupted here that so-called homes are just becoming sleezy McMansions with cheap roof material that blows up with the wind and stucco crap siding that falls off. Thank you, CB15. Everyone around here in politics must be on the take. The DOB slogan around here must be–BUILD! Fuck the residents. The pleasures of living in Brooklyn!

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