Do You Have Dust Like This?

10/12/2010:

Hoboken411 reader Amelia shares a dirty perspective…

Hoboken411 Reader has Major Quality of Life Issues

“I live “uptown” a few blocks from the Shipyard Marina.

From where I’m situated, there are construction projects in all directions. It is really dusty. I don’t just mean a little dusty – I mean truly horribly, dusty.

When I’ve had the time this past summer I would dust for a full two hours at night. I don’t have allergies but now sneeze all the time. The trouble is that dust keeps coming back. I’ve thought about writing in to Hoboken411 to ask if others have the same problem, but then I talk myself out of it. My issue seemed trivial. Then tonight, while cooking dinner, I looked up at my range hood that I wiped down just last Sunday (9 days ago). It was totally covered with a distinct layer of dust that was pretty disgusting. It gave me the idea for this picture:

I’ve lived in Manhattan; it was nothing like this. I’ve lived in New England and in the Northwest where I didn’t even have to dust for a year at a time. This is an out of control problem for me in Hoboken. I spend more time wiping up dust per week than I do commuting 50 miles to work and back every day. That is messed up!

Am I the only person in Hoboken who’s having these problems?

Could anyone else share their dust stories? It would make me feel better to know there are others with the same issue (sorry!) – especially if they solved the problem.

What about “downtown” residents near the PATH? Or over near the Light Rail with all that nearby construction? Finally, do my neighbors “uptown” have dust that’s hard to deal with as well? And, if so, who is to blame? Is this another case of the City being irresponsible, because of the rapid un-checked pace of development?

411: Maybe the question isn’t where you live – but is the quality of construction at your building sufficient?

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13 Comments on "Do You Have Dust Like This?"

iforgotmymantra
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iforgotmymantra

I believe bmacqueens theory may explain why I am a slave to my dust bunnies: things are swirling in with no way out. Sort of hard to change that factor, unfortunately.

Dperez
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Dperez

It is a dust wonderland at my house!

bmacqueens
Member

I had terrible and gritty dust in Boston, in a basement apartment. I’m sure that the grit was the result of all the bricks in that town, weathering away. A stiff breeze would send tons of gritty stuff into your eyes, anywhere out on the street.

Perhaps your particular problem is caused by a lack of breeze in your area? Could stuff be swirling into your apartment with nowhere else to go? Do you have no ventilation back out of the apt?

getz76
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getz76

What kind of heating/cooling system do you have? Do you have carpeting? Do you ever open your windows?

No way I could ever get by for more than 3 days without dusting anywhere I have ever lived. Buy a Swiffer Duster. They work wonders.

Nice hood.

nighthawk
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nighthawk

Nothing that a good old fashioned, elbow greased full cleaning can’t handle!!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Agreed. She claims to clean an hour a day, but that can’t be possible unless she’s also baking dozens of cakes and chain smoking![quote comment=”198639″]Nothing that a good old fashioned, elbow greased full cleaning can’t handle!![/quote]

greentea
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greentea

I think if you’re actually baking dozens of cakes and chainsmoking, that you wouldn’t have much time left over for cleaning.

Also, isn’t much of domestic dust made up of lint and dead skin? I don’t think an atmospheric problem is to blame here. Yes, this city has a ton of problems but it’s not like you’re living in an industrial city in China.[quote comment=”198642″]Agreed. She claims to clean an hour a day, but that can’t be possible unless she’s also baking dozens of cakes and chain smoking!

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