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late night jackhammering 09-09-11

Atlantic Ave and 4th Ave
September 9, 2011 - 1:47am

ongoing overnight jackhammering for Barclay's Arena.

The nature of the threat posed by the incident or impact.
Local community
Public health

Priority: -> normal
State: -> Pending
Client: -> Public
Assigned: unassigned -> dkim

We do see the severity of the issue regarding late night noise.  Please also refer to the forum board http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/construction-noise-4th-ave as we are trying to create greater awareness regarding this issue and other similar cases.  Hopefully, this sense of urgency can lead to possible mitigation measures. 

The latest status update from 311 says the Department of Environmental Protection determined that this complaint is a duplicate of a previously filed complaint. The original complaint is being addressed, which was posted on 09/21/11.


  Additional comments from

State: Pending -> Active
Assigned: dkim -> Peter K.


Additional comments from filer sent by email:

You don't know me, but I am far from unreasonable, and I do understand the needs of a huge project like this and the logistical nightmare that it must present in almost every conceivable way.

Having said that ... regarding the jackhammering I can offer you these insights:

1] the jackhammering crews themselves told me these are related to the arena (something electrical I believe) and that there were 'months' of work still ahead.

2] the areas they are jackhammering, are already barricaded out, so therefore, the traffic is already affected, whether they jackhammer or not.

3] there is no jackhammering at all during the day, which doesn't make sense, especially given point #2.

4] even if they need the traffic to be off peak in order to work, they could just as easily do a 7pm to midnight. People wouldn't love that solution, but it is better than midnight to 5:30am!

5] there must be at least someway to at least TRY to attenuate the sound of the jackhammers. Right now they operate them completely out in the open with no screens or devices of any kind to attempt the above 100 decibels from pouring out.

I have heard complaints from people in my building that live above the 20th floor, so you can imagine the sound levels. One person tells me she goes into her living room and turns on the A/C on constant run to try to mask the jackhammering when the crews are out there.

I am not a light sleeper at all, and I really struggle getting a good night's rest when the crews are out there.

There must be a better solution for everyone involved.