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Impacts related to the presence of workers, vehicles, barriers, and infrastructure associated with demolition, excavation, and construction work being performed at the site.

Shaking building

626 Dean Street
August 30, 2012 - 12:44pm

Our building is shaking vigorously over the last few days from the parking lot work. It's intense and seems unsafe.

Buiding Shaking at 618 Dean Street

618 Dean Street
August 30, 2012 - 3:12pm

For the past 3-4 days the building has been shaking due to construction work conducted on the other side of the street (Dean st between Carlton st and Vanderbilt ave). I noticed some cracks at the top of our facade and fear for the safety and structural integrity of our building.

Week-long building vibrations & noise due to heavy construction

Lot 1129 across from 618 Dean Street
August 30, 2012 - 2:25pm

Since Monday, 8/27, our building has experienced severe vibrations and rattling due to heavy construction in lot 1129. THe integrity of our building is being jeopardized by the construction work. There is a disturbing level of noise too in addition to dust becoming airborne and affecting public health.

Building Shaking @ 618 Dean st

618 Dean st between Carlton and Vanderbilt
August 30, 2012 - 7:40am

I was awoken at 7am this morning to our entire building shaking. Glasses were rattling and pictures on the wall were askew. As I typed my 311 complaint I could feel my desk vibrating like a low rumble. The yellow front loader sized jackhammer was within 75' of my front windows. I fear for the integrity/stability of my building. Not to mention water mains and other pipes. Damage done by this sort of repeated tremor will not be immediately obvious but could impact us in coming months/years.

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.

2012-08-08 Traffic on Pacific St blocked for entire day with no prior notice to the community - traffic drives on sidewalk

620 Atlantic Ave - block 1129 from 6th Ave ~ 1129 onPacific
August 8, 2012 - 8:39am

Traffic from Dean St -> Carlton Ave to Pacific St blocked for entire day with no prior notice to the community. When parked or traffic from the official staging area needed to leave they drove on the sidewalk S-side of Pacific St westbound for the most part.

2012-08-08 more of arena construction workers blocking sidewalk, father, baby pram & pedestrians forced into traffic lanes

620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Pacific St
August 8, 2012 - 7:28am

2012-08-08 Father, baby pram & pedestrians forced into traffic lanes by arena construction workers blocking sidewalk
Father pushing baby pram & pedestrians (with back to traffic so they can’t see traffic coming at them) again forced into traffic lanes by arena construction workers blocking the entire sidewalk. The west side of 6th between Dean St & Pacific is closed. The supervisor just stands there & takes pictures of photographer instead of tending to the safety of residents.
Previous & continued disregard for pedestrian safety.

2012-08-08 construction damages traffic & light pole - no flaggers cause children to walk in traffic busy 6th Ave

620 Atlantic Ave various locations - 6th Ave & Pacific St
August 8, 2012 - 4:33pm

Arena construction truck damages traffic signal/light pole @ NE corner of 6th Ave & Pacific St; construction workers put yellow tape around area & closed off sidewalk but doesn’t have a flagger to help children/pedestrians maneuver around the dangerous situation; pedestrians had to walk into the street into traffic. Officers from the 78th helped the residents by communicating with the unresponsive arena personnel to make the area safer.

Hammering and Sawing at midnight on a weekend

Barclays Center site
July 5, 2012 - 11:14pm

Loud hammering, sawing, welding, yelling, and all sorts of incredibly loud noise. Did not even start until 10.30 PM, so this isn't them working late to finish something, this is them deciding to start working very late at night. In a time of year when residents (and this is a heavily residential neighborhood) have their windows open, they should not be performing heavy and loud construction at almost midnight. They're still going strong at 11.30 PM, with no end in sight.

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).