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night-time construction on road around Atlantic Yards

557 Atlantic Ave.
September 9, 2011 - 12:01pm

there is on-going night-time construction of roads in and around the Flatbush / Atlantic intersection. Many people are not aware of this b/c the crews start work at 9:30 pm and finish at 5:30 am. The noise is unbearable for those of us that live near the intersection. Extremely loud jackhammering and pounding of steel road plates all night. Children (and adults) in the units facing Atlantic up and down the block and around the intersection are not sleeping at all. We all understand the project and its needs, but the NYC DEP has clear guidelines for night construction that the contractor is ignoring. There are no sound mufflers on the jackhammers or any other precautions being used by the contractor. These are required by law! What can we do to stop this madness? I've heard many people threatening violence, and i understand their level of frustration b/c this is tantamount to sleep deprivation torture. If the DOT / DEP commission or someone in charge would come observe for one night and hear what is going on they would be shocked. Please help.

The nature of the threat posed by the incident or impact.
Local community
Personal injury


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


We do see the severity of the issue regarding this issue.  Please also refer to the forum board http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/316 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. 


From email

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

From email correspondence:

09/16:  it is in that little walled off area (Fourth Ave. btwn Flatbush and Atlantic) and also outside of that area on Fourth Ave. and Atlantic and on Atlantic btwn. Fourth Ave. and Third Ave.  Basically the entire intersection.  I understand the rationale for night work, but when jackhammering is involved and people's windows are mere feet away, any rationale is defeated by people's right to not go crazy with sleep deprivation.

09/16:  The noise was very bad in August, but has subsided (moved locations) since Labor Day.  But the steel plates are still covering Atlantic at Fourth Ave., so i know more work is to be done.  And we can hear jackhammering at night, but like i said, it moved locations, maybe to Flatbush or around the corner, so its not ear splitting. 

09/25:  (in relation to 17c-2)  i do not live within the shaded area, i am further west on Atlantic btween 3rd Ave and 4th Ave.

10/1:  We have an AC, not sure about windows, its a newer building but cheap windows.  Hard to imagine any windows could block jackhammering just feet away.  I hadn't heard about any sound attenuation measures until you menioned them.