On 671 West 162nd Street: No Smoking, Please
In which The Gay Recluse does some investigative reporting and follows up with a complaint.
As we’ve documented many times, thick black smoke — a function of improperly maintained or outdated boiler systems — is pretty much a constant of life in Washington Heights. (No coincidence, asthma rates are pretty much through the roof.) Although any number of apartment buildings are guilty of the offense, one in particular has been issuing an almost constant stream of noxious exhaust for the past
100 years few months. Here are some pix.
This was fifteen minutes ago, but it’s happening again as we type (wtf.)
Here’s a “greatest hit” from a few days ago.
We like this one, too.
This was street level, yesterday.
We love how people were making fun of us as we took the pix: “Oooh, a fire!” said some kid with derision and sarcasm. Whatever, we probably did look kind of stupid.
Thanks for all that smoke, 671 West 162nd Street!
We called 311, who turned it over to 911, who — somewhat embarrassingly (for us) — turned it over to the fire department. We emphasized that it wasn’t exactly an emergency, but that there was a regular stream of thick, black smoke from a nearby chimney. (In short, we felt like a hysterical queen, especially when the fire department called us back and gruffly said: “You’re reporting a fire?” and we were like: “no, but there’s an excessive amount of thick black smoke and it’s giving us lung cancer!” We didn’t mention that our cat Dante actually does have asthma, poor little guy!)
It seems like this problem should go somewhere else besides the fire department: department of health, or buildings? HPD? (LOL!!!) We’re at a loss if anyone has any ideas (and to preempt any wiseacres: don’t tell us to move; “that joke isn’t funny anymore.”) Somehow we don’t see this situation improving anytime soon, but we’ll keep you posted.
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