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late night jackhammering 09-24-11

Barclay's Center (Flatbush)
September 24, 2011 - 2:50am

probably my last entry since it appears that the overnight jackhammering has been approved and will not stop for about a year until all is said and done. continuing the reporting to 311 is, therefore, a waste of my time.
looking at soundproofing my windows which is expensive, but so is losing my sanity.

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 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:

09/11: 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.

09/26: (in reference to 17c-2 and 17c-1)  I live in the building at 1 Hanson Place, a building which is coded as 'office' probably because that was all that was here in 2006. There are some offices in the building true, but also 175 condos that have been constructed and sold since then.

Is there any truth to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection law that states: "no person shall engage in or permit any person to be engaged in construction activities in any zone other than on weekdays between the hours of seven a.m. and six p.m."?

I have double glazed windows and i can guarantee you that the noise attenuation is not dramatic, at least not in the configuration that is standard at my building. 


09/26:  The jackhammering is going on tonight just like last night.

 The building has central air, which is why one of my neighbors would put her unit on at constant run so as to help disguise the jackhammering sound. She has since invested in sound proofing her windows at roughly $1,500 each, super expensive and money I frankly don't have, but I am willing to go into debt to get my sleep back.


09/30:  Heavy jackhammering going on right now ...Woke me from sleep. 

10/01:  (Have you received notice of noise mitigations?)  No, I have seen nothing. 

And if that is the attenuated version I am hearing then the non attenuated jackhammers would probably shatter all the glass clean off of the window frames.