Friday, September 30, 2011

What can be done during the next month of jackhammering? Waiting for answers

Two days ago, I queried Empire State Development, the state agency in charge of Atlantic Yards.

I pointed them to an Atlantic Yards Watch posting:
I have filed numerous 311 noise complaints about the jack hammering going on between 10pm and at least 4am every evening for the past 5 weeks. 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.
This exception to the construction noise rule should not have been approved for jack hammering that goes on for hours on end every single night. It is torture for those of who live in the area.
I have also written to Community Boards 2 and 6. If someone doesn't put a stop to this, I will either have to have my windows soundproofed or move.
The jackhammering, as CB 2 District Manager Robert Perris told the complainant, is mandated to be done at night by the city Department of Transportation.

Forest City Ratner executive Jane Marshall, at an Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting last week, likened it to a dentist's appointment that would be over after a month or so.

But Forest City Ratner was to pay for soundproofed windows on certain blocks in the vicinity of the project site

"Is there any plan/option for FCR to pay for additional soundproofing, as they were required at least for certain areas?" I asked two days ago.

I'll update this when I get an answer.

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