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DEP cites FCRC for noise from "Sensation" concert that exceeds City regulations

On October 27, 2012, inspectors from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection visited several apartments in the Newswalk building on Dean Street. The purpose of their visit was to measure the level of sound escaping from the Barclays Center arena during the evening's "Sensation" electronica concert.

The visit was prompted by complaints from residents filed during the week of Jay-Z concerts that opened the arena. Inspectors had visited during one of the Jay-Z concerts, too, but had not been able to measure sound escaping from the arena in excess of City regulations. Some residents insisted that the inspectors had taken their measurements before Jay-Z had started his performance, however.

"Sensation" was different. On October 27, the inspectors took measurements at 10:40PM and recorded a sound level of 74dbc in a Newswalk apartment. New York City noise control code allows a maximum of 62dbc to escape from a commercial establishment. FCRC received a violation, and was ordered to appear at a hearing of the Environmental Control Board on January 8, 2013. (The violation and the inspector's notes are here.)

The violation carried a fine of $3,200. The ECB's records indicate the complaint was "dismissed." The New York Post reports that the complaint was technically inaccurate because it was served to Forest City Ratner instead of the subsidiary responsible for arena operations. A new ticket has been issued, and another hearing is to be scheduled for April.