Priest Wants Tire Repair Store to Take Vow of Silence
By Meredith Hoffman
HELL'S KITCHEN--A Catholic priest is making it his mission to preserve his West 36th Street block's peace.
Father James Goode, Pastoral Director of Solid Ground Franciscan Ministry at 440 West 36th St., is trying to get his noisy next door neighbor, Tenth Avenue Tires, to take a vow of silence.
And he said he's hired a lawyer to help him end the ruckus.
"There's noise at all hours," he said at a recent land use meeting with Community Board 4.
He said his flock is hoping he will lead a fight to limit the 24-hour repair operation.
"It's bothered other neighbors, but they all say 'the Father will take care of it,'" he said.
"You survived the Lincoln Tunnel when it was built," piped in one community board member, suggesting he call 311 for the city to check the tire shop's noise levels.
Solid Ground Ministry is near a busy Ninth Avenue corner, with a tunnel entrance and a parking lot down the block.
But Father Goode said it's the tire store that broke his monastery's meditative calm.
The repair shop, in a parking lot on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street, offers clients quick drive-in services 24 hours, seven days a week.
"It's good, very convenient," said Edgar Mendez, a client whose truck tire burst Tuesday.
To the men working at the outdoor shop, the noise was far from significant.
"You think that's loud?" one laughed, drilling into Mendez' dysfunctional tire. "There's noise everywhere around here."
The owner of Tenth Avenue Tire was not available for comment on Tuesday.