Friday, October 2, 2015
Bad Neighbors on a Bad Block
For years and years, Action Small Appliance was my downstairs neighbor. They were great. You never knew they were there, they were so quiet. Well, they moved over to Bellevue and the storefront was vacant for quite a while. Then this summer, it became a workspace called Common Area Maintenance - not a very catchy name, but it wasn't my call. There was a lot of renovation that went on. I was OK with that activity, because it didn't seem to go on for too long at a stretch. It only became slightly annoying when they added a sound system. This wasn't just some stereo; it was a small PA that could generate a lot of volume. Sometimes it did just that. Being directly upstairs wasn't a treat, especially since they seemed to play fairly bland pop music along the lines of Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen. I kind of expected artists to have a little more adventurous taste in music, but alas. After having quite a loud event when the space was mostly remodeled, things settled down. I figured that would be like that forever. We would coexist with mutual respect and so forth. That's how it was for the most part. Well, earlier in the week they hung up these signs in the hallway:
OK, so bottom line: they're bad neighbors. I have separate issues with the cops, namely that they didn't show, but this was a real shitty thing for these gallery folk to do to their neighbors. I know the old trick: invite the whole building and be as loud as you want, because everybody was invited/warned. Sorry guys, it doesn't work that way. I'm told that they're going to have more events like this in the future. Uh, no they're not. They're either going to be a gallery, not a club, or they're going to leave the neighborhood. They can make noise until 10:00, but after that, they shut it down. From now on, at one minute after ten, I call the cops. I don't want this to become a war, but it may come to that. I believe they rely on grants to operate, so when it comes time for more funding, I can round up a bunch of people from this building to speak against it. It's great to live with mutual respect with your neighbors. The gallery mooks crossed a line last night and I'm very unhappy having them in this building.
Posted by Igor Keller