9:33 AM 05/15/2012
This is one of three similar concerns raised here along with pizza oven wood smell and untested dry cleaner emmisions. You know I have been one of the critical voices here, but I say: We live together in a city. We bake bread, we listen to music, we ride in cars and on bikes. If you'r new here and don't like it, consider moving the the suburbs, but if you find a scented candle shop in your suburban mall, try moving even farther away. Where do I sign?
10:01 AM 05/15/2012 | 1 Votes
Here, here, greenmt! There was a time when city living wasn't for sissies, and part of the price we (willingly) paid for density and diversity was just that: density (being close to things, whether you liked them or not) and diversity (being surrounded by things you didn't like as well as things you did). Now we live in a place where Five Guys warns customers not to take their peanut shells outside and people complain about the smell of roasting coffee.
(Old timer alert: remember when Marquet patisserie had their bakery on smith st, and some nights when the wind was right, you could get the smell of roasting coffee mingled with the smell of baking butter and sugar. Oh to be young and on Smith St. then was truly heaven...)
Any petition in support of D'Amico's, sign me up.
10:29 AM 05/15/2012 | 0 Votes
I'm just a bystander from afar - is this about the afterburner? If so why don't you guys setup a chip in or raise funds for an afterburner? If the DEP says its not in compliance, i'd certainly regard that as a minimum. I'm imagining that 1948 had the air and water standards of current day China. I sure wouldn't want them to get kicked out, but everyone from power plants, manufacturing, food processors (and ....gulp....coffee roasting!) company needs to follow environmental regs. Remember, it was legal to feed kids paint chips not too long ago, we all have to change and improve. Now contractors have to get licensed for lead paint. Is that too much to ask?
I'm sure somewhere there is a fine upstanding hot dog cart vendor that has been there decades who doesn't understand why he has to wash his hands after wiping his bum. I'd put that in the 'not my problem' category.
11:46 AM 05/15/2012 | 1 Votes
thank you, slopemope. voice of reason...
5:42 PM 05/15/2012 | 0 Votes
What a bunch of sanctimonious twits.
6:07 PM 05/15/2012 | 1 Votes
the use of an afterburner on a small outfit like D'Amicos makes no sense...an example of sloppy regulatory writing...it should have a downside limit similar to boilers...above and below a number of btus (350,000 for boilers) Here is a link from the EPA trying to adapt this rule to charcoal furnaces in Missouri http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/pubs/...
7:49 PM 05/15/2012 | 0 Votes
You gets what you pays for when you misspell i*m*broglio.
9:43 PM 05/15/2012 | 1 Votes
11:13 PM 05/15/2012 | 0 Votes
perhaps i am a sanctimonious twit. but all too often i see people get wrapped up in a personal issue without being more subjective about the facts. i know some local governments will carve out roasters with less than 10, 15 lb capacity. I don't know how large their operation is, and if they sell wholesale. NYC is close quarter living, roasting releases VOC's and particulate matter, it is not a completeley harmless craft. If you have a reason that very small roasters should be excluded, you haven't stated it along with how harmless their operation is with an estimated VOC and PM count to help parents fear they are not reducing the life of their children. I don't see that as an alarmist view to take with coffee roasting or any other VOC/PM producer in the crammed in city we live in.
9:05 AM 05/16/2012 | 0 Votes
I'm pissed off that I can no longer buy oil based paint. When is the intrusion by government going to stop?????????
9:33 AM 05/16/2012 | -1 Votes
Slopemope - Don't you mean, "...more objective..."?
My gripe is that when these complainers moved to the neighborhood the smell was there (unless they're more than 70 years old & just relocated.) If I move to a building that advertises that it's dog-friendly, I can't complain w/ any degree of reason about people who have dogs.
9:45 AM 05/16/2012 | 0 Votes
yes, i meant more objective. i know what you are referring to though, many "old timers" believe they own the neighborhoods and can do anything they like - - but its not supposed to work like that when you are doing something that doesn't adhere to the law. sitting on your porch, and minding your own business, sure. that would be annoying if someone was complaining when you are doing nothing wrong (plenty of that silliness happening too). operating an illegal chroming facility in your basement, no. there is a line somwehere, and maybe the law needs a change. btw - could it be a competitor doing the complaining?
4:10 PM 05/16/2012 | 0 Votes