Today I went to visit the Hamilton Ave. MTS in Brooklyn. There were a few things that surprised me about my site visit. The first thing was how close the MTS actually was to the daily life of people, and how much that didn’t seem to faze residents. Obviously, neighbors who are against the MTS can’t protest outside every single day, but the building and its activity didn’t seem to stick out in the light industrial landscape of the neighborhood. The architecture was in line with other MTS’s I’ve seen, but also followed the rooflines and materials of the Home Depot and Restaurant Supply Store next door. The second thing that surprised me was how incredibly clean the site was. From accounts I’d read previously, it seemed like these stations would infect nearby streets with trash, but that was not what I experienced. The station was surrounded by a fence and the area inside the fence was much cleaner than the home depot parking lot I was observing from. Perhaps the managers of the station are extra cautious about the building’s outward appearance because of previous objections to MTS’s. Finally, I was struck by how quiet the facility actually was. Granted, I was standing between an actively industrial marina and a highway, so the surroundings themselves weren’t exactly silent, but the only real noise from the MTS was a ventilation system and occasional machine noises and soft beeps from cranes. It might have been the time of day, but I also didn’t see any collection trucks coming in and out of the facility, which may up the noise level a bit. Advocacy groups have made it seem like MTS’s are noisy and dirty, but I had the exact opposite experience. Below are some photos I took on site.