Saturday, October 30, 2010

Demolition of the Hamilton Avenue Department of Sanitation Marine Transfer Station

Solid Waste Management at The Mouth of the Gowanus Canal,  Brooklyn, NY


What's going on here?  Demolition of the existing decommissioned Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station continues prior to the construction of a future, state of the art,  containerized waste  facility designed to process 4,290 tons per day (rising to 5,280 tons per day during emergency conditions) of municipal solid household garbage.

After 53 years of operations, Staten Island's Fresh Kills Landfill closed in 2001.   It was then that NYC began using expensive, privately owned, land-based trucking companies to transport our garbage to new landfill sites farther and farther away.     In the future, at least for the next 20 years, long haul trucks are out, barges and trains are back in.

The conversion of the Hamilton Avenue MTS is one of four proposed waste management facilities identified as part of NYC's Solid Waste Management Plan - NYC Department of Sanitation long term waste export program. All solid waste transfer and containerized activities will take place within the fully enclosed building.  The new facility is designed for the transfer of solid waste from collection vehicles into sealed and leak proof containers for export by barge and rail.  All solid waste transfer and containerization activities occur within a fully enclosed, negatively pressurized, air scrubbed, building.   The facility is authorized to operate 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday,  except for public emergency.

Prepare for Garbage Daze
The site is accessible from  truck routes including the Gowanus Expressway, Prospect Expressway, Hamilton Avenue, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue, 20th Street, and Prospect Avenue. The facility is designed to accommodate 36 low sulfur burning collection vehicles per hour. A maximum of 5 trucks are anticipated to have to queue on the entrance ramp at any given time. The ramp will be able to accommodate up to 10 trucks at a time.

In addition to the construction of a new facility building, the city proposes to dredge the adjacent waterway to allow for barge operations, bulkhead reconstruction, and to remove the existing over-water ramp and platform.

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Local Truck Routes and Through Truck Routes with numbered exits surrounding Hamilton Avenue MTS facility.   Take note Twentieth Street residents.

Food for thought... Related Links:

Municipal Waste Management:Focusing on Replacing Trash Trucks with Sealed Rail Containers, Improving Air Quality and Reducing Truck Traffic on Hudson River Crossings.

Nathan Kensinger Photography: Gowanus: Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station 

About Sunset Park Material Recycling.

Freshkills Park Blog 

"Here Comes the Garbage Barge!" Red Nose Studio

Thursday, October 28, 2010

South Slope's Ajami Organic Hooka Lounge Goes Up in Smoke

This place really had no hope of ever succeeding on so many levels. link

I don't think City Councilman Vincent Gentile's proposed legislation to extend the current city wide ban on indoor smoking to include hookah bars, had anything to do with Ajami's closing.

South Slope Double Rainbow

A rainbow!
Looking East as the sun sets over our shoulder, the corner of Windsor Place and Seventh Avenue in the South Slope.

photo by Aaron Brashear
Scientists beleive they know how rainbows are formed...
But do they reeeeeeealy know.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lia's Ices Closed

Lia's Ices and Gelato on 16th Street
In the past, they tried to make it through the off season by selling soup.   The space is just steps from the F Train subway entrance and across the street from Farrell's Bar and Grill.  Any ideas as to what the neighborhood needs?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

7th Avenue Retail: Lactation out, Cyclery in.

718 Cyclery, Inc. to open new South Slope storefront "collaborative-build"  bike retail and workshop space at 461 7th Avenue.  Opening day November 12th, 2010.
The previous tenant, Boing!, the two year old breastfeeding outpost and babywearing sling sanctuary, has closed. Their other  mother store, Boing Boing is still in business though.

One of a Kind, Hands on Passion.
The wizard of 718 Cyclery is Joseph Nocella,  a LEED Accredited, Registered Architect who works for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York City. He also teaches at Pratt.

Below,  Joe explains his idea of the collaboratively built bike.

"In addition to the bike itself, you are learning how to put it together/maintain it.  It will be 100% unique, no one else on the planet will have the same bike.   Dollar-for-dollar, component-for-component, the bike you build with us will be a better bike than one pulled off the rack at a store or dropped in an online shopping cart."

Feel the Love

You can check out 718 Cyclery's 5 Star reviews on Yelp!.

Make an appointment for a consultation here. LINK

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hail Park Slope South Apocalypse

9:15pm @16th Street, Park Slope South
Micro-F'ing Storm Burst Reported, again.

Stroboscopic lightening bolts... Extremely wet rain... Violent wind gusts up to 500rpm... Hailstones the size of a angry toddler's fist... Bugaboo Frogs falling from the sky...