••• When I contacted Brian Merlis of OldNYCphotos.com about using that 1914 photo of his yesterday, we got to talking, and he said that he was a mail carrier in this area in the early 80s. He mentioned that he has a bunch of old porcelain street signs for sale on eBay (lot number 391640004909). “I bought a big collection and just started listing them a few weeks ago. They were installed in 1916 and 1917, and replaced in the 1960s with black-and-yellow ones.” I told him I thought people around here would be very interested.
••• K. poked around online for more info on the event space at 144 Duane and found a staging company’s photos for the Kendall + Kylie launch last spring.
••• From Sleepless on Hubert: “Is anyone else in the ‘hood losing their minds with the ongoing anti-neighbor construction practices at 15 Hubert Street? Those of us who live on Hubert have been plagued by unannounced road closures (crane use on Sunday, November 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.) and endless late-night deliveries and construction work, including last night beginning at 11 p.m. and into the early morning hours. I have filed noise complaints with 311, but the crane, trucks, and workers are apparently always gone by the time the police show up. Any insight as to why the city would allow the contractor to be working in the middle of the night given the residential buildings surrounding 15 Hubert Street? My next stop is CB1: Any idea with whom to communicate within that group?”
My response: “This is the first I’ve heard of it. I’d be surprised if the city allowed work that late—you can look up after-hours variances on the Department of Buildings website. Here are the ones for 15 Hubert. You should absolutely loop in CB1, whether the workers are working later than allowed or not. The general email does get answered (email@example.com), and I find it’s always good to have correspondence in writing, but you might want to follow up with a phone call (212) 669-7970).”
Sleepless: “I just took a look at the after hours permits. For some bizarre reason, the city has allowed the contractor to repeatedly renew permits to work from 6 pm to 2 am. This is unbelievable to those of us who live across from the construction site on Hubert Street. Also of interest is that the contractor doesn’t have any crane permits, yet they have been using cranes to install equipment on the building’s roof late night. I will follow up with CB1 to seek their help and call Margaret Chin’s office as well to see if I can find a voice of reason.” Good luck and report back! Perhaps you’ll have better luck with Chin’s office than I did. They listened politely and said they’d be back in touch. That was a month ago.
P.S. Part of the reason I shared all of this was
to show what a mensch I am so I could explain a bit about the DOB’s website, www.nyc.gov/dob. Once you’re there, look for Buildings Information, where you can enter an address. There’s a link to After Hours Variance Permits in the lower right corner of each building’s landing page.