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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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).
2012-07-02 Barclays construction workers make pedestrians some with children walk thru active excavation equipment area
BOTH sides of 6th Ave sidewalks between Pacific St & Dean St are now blocked with NO PRIOR notice to the community that the east side was also blocked. What appears to be the job site supervisor or foreman is more interested in taking pictures of photographer than flagging, minding or assisting mothers with children, the elderly & other pedestrian’s safely thru an active construction excavating area.
ESDC please take note: