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Noise impacts resulting from project creation or operation.

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave - block 1129 from 6th Ave ~ 1129 onPacific
When: 
June 21, 2012 - 4:51pm

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??
The DOB stop work order on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t appear to stop because they were still working on tanks on 2012-06-19 5 days later.
2012-06-19 Video shows working on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks
http://youtu.be/uNQy-SlebCw
http://youtu.be/TYKmLCpA1t8

Unapproved work on block 1129

Location: 
Block 1129
When: 
June 15, 2012 - 1:10pm

Work that appears to be unapproved is taking place on block 1129.  What appear to be retaining tanks for the detention system have been installed.  Excavation has taken place.  The detention system is shown as being "disapproved" on the DOB website.
Impactful work has taken place causing vibrations.  A hoe ram has been used.  Large stones have been dropped in containers.
A selection of photos has been submitted to the Department of Buildings.  

Noise from nighttime "cutover" of LIRR operations causes consternation for nearby residents

24-hour work to move LIRR operations from the southern to the northern half of Vanderbilt Railyards (referred to as the "cutover" in ESDC's Atlantic Yards construction alerts) is causing consternation among residents.  AYW has received several complaints about jackhammers, saws, and the persistent beeping of reversing construction vehicles.  One resident describes "jackhammering, tons of noise."

The video to the right is a of a worker using a saw on LIRR's tracks at 2 AM.  The filer of the incident report that includes the video has a decibel meter and reports a 120 db level.  No steps to attenuate the noise are visible in the video.

The use of noisy equipment like saws and jackhammers is not specified in the most recent construction alert.  The alert warns the community about the intermittent use of the LIRR railyard's lights all night, and that from 3:30 PM to 1:00 PM "loud banging noises by dump trucks will occur as they empty their loads of stone in the east yard between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues." But it does not describe jackhammering or the use of saws, and the noisy work described ends at 1:00 AM, not the later hours that the incident reports from nearby residents describe. 

Jackhammering off hours

Location: 
carlton and pacific
When: 
June 16, 2012 - 11:15pm

jackhammering, tons of noise. They were at it all last night too.

2012-06-16 Barclays LIRR worker shouts 'I don't give a f--k' about making noise @ 2am of 120db – he says I be here 55 more hours

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
June 16, 2012 - 2:12am

When Barclays LIRR worker noticed they were being videotaped he turns and says with utter distain, 'go ahead I’m fine with it, like I give a f--k' referencing his activity of the sawing noise @ 2am for many hours of over +120db, something that has been already evident to the community.
http://youtu.be/0_-QMtTW0eM
00:37 'go ahead I’m fine with it, like I give a f--k'
 

2012-06-13 6th Ave between Atlantic Ave & Dean St closed @ various times since 6-12 - no advance notice to community

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Atlantic Ave
When: 
June 13, 2012 - 11:06am

2012-06-10 Sunday night 8pm rail yard work for Barclay’s arena egregiously violations the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
June 10, 2012 - 9:10pm

2012-06-10 Sunday night 8pm rail yard work for Barclay’s arena egregiously violations the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards, on a Sunday almost all day & the last video @ 8pm @ night shows track cleaning equipment creating dust bowl that drifts into the surrounding residential neighbors with no air monitors. No dust suppression in rail yard work for Barclay’s arena violates the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards and ESDC’s & FCR’s continued failure to monitor to ‘prevent’ ongoing quality of life issues including air quality.

Barclays Center attorney reveals arena clubs to stay open after events end, as late as 2:00 AM

A letter from Barclays Center attorney William Schrieber to Brooklyn Community Board 6 dated June 5 mentions a detail of the arena's plans for liquor sales that apparently has not been disclosed up to now: Barclays Center's four clubs will serve alcohol up to one hour after arena events end—as late as 2:00 AM.

Section 5 of Mr. Schrieber's letter states:

"For premium, limited access areas of the Arena such as the suites, clubs and the restaurant, alcohol service will continue until one hour after the end of NBA games and other events.

...

"Sales of alcoholic beverages for all public events at the Arena will end throughout the Arena, including the suites, clubs and the restaurant, no later than 2:00 a.m."

At an April 10 public meeting held at the 78th Precinct station house, representatives from Barclays Center maintained that liquor sales would end at the beginning of the fourth quarter of NBA games. No exception for the arena clubs was stated. Officials from Forest City Ratner Companies, when asked about liquor sales during public meetings, have likewise maintained that sales would end at the beginning of the fourth quarter. FCRC tends to frame discussions of arena operations in terms of NBA games, even though such games make up less than 20% of the 220 events expected to take place at Barclays Center each year.

2012-06-01 Barclays Arena contractors continue parking on sidewalk & destroying/damaging curbs on public Pacific St

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave various locations - 6th Ave & Pacific St
When: 
June 1, 2012 - 9:21am

Continued Barclays Arena contractors/LIRR & motorcycles parking on sidewalks & destroying/damaging (see attached picture) the curbs on public Pacific St SW corner @ 6th Ave makes it dangerous for pedestrians walking, when ANY vehicles park @ the corner and directly on the sidewalks pedestrians must cross before the crosswalk to avoid traffic. AGAIN the blue pickup truck (owned by Laquila #66151-KA NYS) is parked there most days & motorcycles. Who pays for this repair?

2012-06-01 Barclays Arena vendors continue to use residential streets & not official staging area

Location: 
620 Atlantic Ave Carlton Ave @ Pacific St
When: 
June 1, 2012 - 8:27am

2012-06-01 Barclays Arena vendors continue to use residential streets & not official staging area
 
Note a reason for all Barclays Arena trucks are avoiding the official staging area & using not official NYCDOT truck routes (Pacific St bet Vanderbilt Ave & Carlton) is the staging area if full of all the stuff that had to have been removed from block 1129 to construct the car park. (1st 2 pictures)
The guard flagger must direct truck to navigate left turn @ Carlton Ave onto Pacific St.