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Noise impacts resulting from project creation or operation.

Sound measurement exceeds 90 db in apt

Yanderbilt railyards
September 17, 2011 - 7:20pm

Late night staging area noise

Block 1129
October 13, 2011 - 1:00am

Around 1:00 am I was woken up by the beeping of a truck backing up to what appeared to be flatbeds loaded with equipment in block 1129.  It continued for some time.  The specific staging area was mid-block.  I believe it serves the arena.

The beeping was loud enough to wake me up in my bedroom which faces the back of the building.


More smoke, dust, inside residence @ 73.5 db @ 7:31 am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video

behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
October 10, 2011 - 7:38am

More smoke, dust, noise levels inside residence range 56.5 db ~ 73.5 @ 7:30 am from drilling to underpinn the storage building in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video.

Notice the 'black tarp wall' built to protect what? the trains? (in still pictures & video)


previous reports:


Dumpster Pick Up and Movement of Construction Equipment Update

Carlton Avenue between Dean & Pacific Streets
October 10, 2011 - 4:40am

The movement of construction equipment between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. is a fairly regular occurence. It would be a lot less intolerable if they would turn off the claxon that accompanies the moving equipment. It's like the beeping trucks make when going in reverse, only it's ten times louder and more obnoxious.

Also after I reported that Action Enviornmental had stopped emptying the dumpster bins in the middle of the night, they have suddenly started again. 3:30a.m. Friday morning (oct 7) and 4:30a.m. Monday Morning (Oct 10).

Noise from construction site at nights on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues
October 7, 2011 - 1:45am

I was awoken from sleep by loud noise at 1.45AM on Friday 10/7/11. I looked out of my bedroom window which faces Dean Street and observed for several minutes a bulldozer picking up rocks from the construction site and dumping them into a dumpster. Aside from the noise this work created the annoying beeps of the bulldozer whenever it backed up made me want to go out and throw rocks at the operator.

More smoke, dust, inside residence @ 68 db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video

behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
October 7, 2011 - 9:28am


More smoke, dust, inside residence 68 db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video


previous report:


Smoke, dust, inside residence @ 68 volume db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yards

behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
October 4, 2011 - 7:00am

Smoke, dust and 7am inside residence @ 68 volume db from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yards for months to underpin the storage building the 68 db reading pictures





State and City agencies allow extended hours construction across the entire Atlantic Yards site


Construction hours in New York City generally span the period from 7 am to 6 pm weekdays.  One work shift five days a week from 7 am to 3:30 pm is the norm.

Atlantic Yards is different with extended construction hours taking place throughout the project and its vicinity.  Even though the developer currently is a leaseholder of a little more than half of the project's prospective 22 acre site, construction still takes place throughout much of the 22 acres.  And construction in every location has been allowed by the State and City agencies that oversee the work to extend beyond NYC's normal weekday construction hours.

The map above is indexed to show the locations where permission to conduct work outside of normal construction hours is detailed in the Atlantic Yards Construction Update dated from September 25th to October 9th.  The 2006 footprint of the project is highlighted in orange; areas with active construction work are a stronger orange.

Needless late night construction

Intersection of Flatbush, 4th Ave, and Atlantic
October 5, 2011 - 10:30pm

As has been happening for months now, work on the intersection of Flatbush, 4th Avenue, and Atlantic resumed at around 10:30pm. I don't know how long this has been the case, but I noticed for the first time that all of the construction activity was taking place within an area that is cordoned off with orange cones and netting 24 hours a day. For your reference, I'm attaching a picture of the site taken from my apartment this afternoon (October 6, 2011)showing the roped off area.

2006 environmental analysis underestimates extent of construction noise impacts; affected residents left without recourse


AYW has received numerous incident reports about noise from nighttime work in the vicinity of Pacific Street, 4th and Atlantic Avenues beginning in late July.  Similar complaints have also been posted on Brownstoner and made to elected officials. The work involves infrastructure for the Barclays Center, and includes street construction with jackhammering.  

After following up with the residents who submitted incident reports, AYW has observed the following:

  • Some affected residents live outside the zone identified in the 2006 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) where significant noise impacts were anticipated.  Sensitive receptor locations in the 2006 analysis (locations like residences or open space where human activity may be affected by project generated noise) do not account for more recent conversions from commercial to residential in the vicinity of the project site.
  • None of the residents complaining have received notice of the noise attenuation measures offered by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC).
  • The specific noise attenuation measures offered as mitigation (double paned windows and air conditioners) are already in place and residents report they are still kept up at night.

A common complaint in the residents' reports is that their windows are not sufficient to stop the noise caused by the jackhammering, resulting in sleepless nights.  The homes of the residents commenting below are labeled on the map above showing the zone significant construction noise impacts were anticipated in the 2006 FEIS (modified from FEIS, figure 17c-2).  The anticipated affected area is shaded gray.  It is also the zone in which FCRC is required to make noise mitigation measures available to residents.

#1:  "I can't sleep. I had a guest leave my apartment at 3am a few weeks ago to stay in a hotel because of the jack hammering...If someone doesn't put a stop to this, I will either have to have my windows soundproofed or move." 

"I've been using a window air conditioner to cover the noise so I can get some sleep at night, but I'm concerned about the coming weeks when the weather will surely cool down...As for double paned windows, I believe my building has them already, though cheap and cracked, and they do very little (if nothing at all) to muffle the noise. For the record, no one ever contacted me personally to offer air conditioners or windows." (incident report 326)