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Noise impacts resulting from project creation or operation.

Building Shaking at 626 Dean Street

626 Dean Street - between Carlton & Vanderbilt
August 30, 2012 - 11:39am

For the past two days, the entire building at 626 Dean Street has been shaking. My apartment spans the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building and the floors, windows, railings, picture frames and glassware have been shaking and rattling from 7am onward due to the construction taking place in the parking lot site immediately across Dean Street.

While the noise is bothersome, the larger issue here is the danger of structural damage to the building -- damage that may not present itself until construction is complete and the crews responsible long gone.

Saturday work on arena patron parking lot

Block 1129
August 25, 2012 - 11:32am

Three sets of workers are working on the parking lot: electrical workers using a chain saw, masonry workers on 752 Pacific Street and fence workers.  No weekend work is detailed in the construction alerts for block 1129.
The electrical workers are working in both the arena patron lot and the LIRR operations lot.
The fence workers are associated with Globe Fence and the electric workers are Hellman Electric Corporation.  I cannot tell the name of the contractor doing the masonry work, but they are using a JLG ultraboom reaching as high as five stories.

Idling truck on Pacific Street

Pacific Street near Carlton Avenue
August 23, 2012 - 2:30am

A driver abandoned a Tully truck idling on Pacific Street roughly across the street from the residences at 516 Carlton Avenue.  It was located next to the Carlton Avenue Bridge construction and a short distance from the Pacific Street gate on Carlton.
I did not wait to see when the driver returned and it was turned off, but I did wait around long enough to see that it was idling for more than 5 minutes.  NYC regulations allow only 3 minutes of idling.

Construction Noise at Midnight Continues

Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue
August 23, 2012 (All day)

Continue calling 311, continue submitting reports. They continue jackhammering, chainsawing, and yelling at through the evening, until midnight, and later.

Construction noise at obscene hours

Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue
August 21, 2012 - 10:39pm

Heavy and very loud construction noise on a daily basis at ridiculous hours. On 8/18 there was heavy and very construction at 3:30 AM not allowing many in the neighborhood to sleep including many elderly residents. August 20th, heavy jackhammering starting before 6:00 AM and continuing through the morning. Tuesday, August 21st very loud chainsawing occurring. There has been a lot of the construction noise during the day for months, and that is to be expected with large projects.

2012-08-20 NW corner of Carlton & Pacific bridge construction produces dangerous intersection

620 Atlantic Ave Carlton Ave @ Pacific St
August 20, 2012 - 8:23am

2012-08-20 NW corner of Carlton & Pacific bridge construction produces dangerous intersection

2012-07-12 Barclays LIRR creates dust with no air monitors @ 10pm within 50’ of residents & no watering

620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
July 12, 2012 - 10:00pm

2012-07-12 Barclays LIRR creates dust with no air monitors @ 10pm within 50’ of residents with no watering.
With rail yard work 24 hrs a day no air monitors or watering present while excavation in the Vanderbilt rail yards.

2012-07-11 Barclays Arena contractor blocks rush hour traffic to pick up bagels for more than 10 min

620 Atlantic Ave - Bergen St bet 6th Ave & Flatbush
July 11, 2012 - 8:50am

2012-07-11 Barclays Arena contractor blocks public Bergen street rush hour traffic to pick up bagels for more than 10 min, parked in the middle lane with flashers on, this is an ongoing problem.
00:08 driver with bagels in hand gets into truck & drives off
Cars que behind truck

Study finds many problems remain after years of reports showing noncompliance with environmental commitments were submitted to ESDC

An analysis of documents submitted by the environmental consultant HDR retained by ESDC to monitor compliance with Atlantic Yards' noise and air quality protocols has found that the agency has been advised of significant areas of non-compliance on an ongoing basis since construction began in 2010. The analysis is contained in a report prepared for AYW by Sandstone Environmental Associates of Metuchen, NJ. Sandstone also found that some air and noise mitigations originally planned were likely inadequate, several planned mitigations were implemented late or not at all, and others that had been implemented unevenly were not being enforced either by FCRC, ESDC or City agencies.  

Among specific examples are the following:

  • Dust suppression protocols are often violated. Too few air quality monitors are being used given the scale of the site, and those that have been deployed are not used during extended hours construction.
  • The 3/4" plywood being used for construction fencing does not have sufficient noise attenuation properties to shield nearby residences.
  • The model of double-pane windows offered as a noise mitigation for nearby buildings may not have an attentuation rating sufficient to insulate residences from construction noise.
  • Construction equipment that did not meet the project's stated air quality standards has been allowed to remain in service on the site for months while compliant equipment was waiting to be received.
  • The ConEd power grid required for use of electrical, rather than diesel, equipment and generators was installed more than ten months late after construction activity had peaked, and then was largely not utilized by contractors.
  • Use of unauthorized truck routes by contractors is pervasive, with little or no enforcement by ESDC and the City.
  • Extended hours and nighttime construction work is routinely scheduled much more frequently than disclosed and committed in Atlantic Yards' Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

2012-06-22 Barclays Arena - FCR contractor-operator of heavy equipment earth mover blocks fire truck for around 20min

620 Atlantic Ave - mid Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
June 22, 2012 - 3:13pm

When FCR contractor/operator of heavy equipment earth mover enters onto public Pacific St & is followed by FCR pickup truck ignores that fact that a double parked contractor van will prevent enough clearance for the earth mover to get by; the FCR contractor driver transverses close enough to block the entire public street and also blocks a NYC fire department fire truck for around +/- 20 minutes. The heavy equipment earth mover & fire truck were mid-block of a 171 unit residential building with around 100 families with children residing on the Pacific St side.