Brooklyn house interior demolition job opens doors for Queens garbage removal company
This particular job didn’t lead to any antiques to add to my collection, but it still opened its doors for my business.
Just last February, the DiMola Bros crew and I were hired to do an interior demolition in Fort Green, Brooklyn, where we ripped out a kitchen on both the first and second floors. We gutted the entire first-floor bathroom. The home was originally built as a one-family house, but it had been converted into a two-family house years before the job. While we were there, the owner decided to tack on more jobs.
“While you’re here, can you rip out the carpet in the basement?” he asked. We agreed, and went down to the bottom level of the house. While we were down there, I saw a thick, wooden door that led to a storage room. I went inside, and realized that there was a smaller steel door in the storage room. It led to a one-car garage that was cut out of a wall foundation, which was about 13 inches thick. The door opening was only about 30 inches wide by 4 feet high — an extremely tiny door opening that reminded me of the little doors in “Alice in Wonderland.”
Immediately — as I am sure you could have guessed by my previous posts about my antique collection — I was excited and wanted to further explore the doors to find out what they might have been used for. I glanced around the room, looking for other clues that might lead to some conclusion as to why the door was made for a person about half the size of an average human. Then, I saw it — just at the ceiling, I noticed hooks that had been used to hang pulleys with rope attached. This one-car garage had once been a horse stable. The old owner must have decided he need more space and broke through the wall. The house, which was over 100 years old, was like a puzzle I couldn’t figure out. The new owners weren’t too excited that I wanted to hang around and put the pieces together, but I must say that it made my day.
DiMola Brothers – Main Office
1640 Summerfield Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Phone – (718) 326-6969
Web site: http://dimolabros.com