Two potential fines for noise violations during the Sensation show in October had been dismissed on technicalities, but an arena official yesterday agreed to pay $3200 for a reading twice the allowable limits during the 3/2/13 Swedish House Mafia show.
"No defense claimed?" asked Kegelman.
"No defense," confirmed Gewirtz.
(The reading was taken inside the Newswalk condominium on Pacific Street a half block east of the arena. In the image at right, Newswalk is outlined in red. Note that no other building besides the arena has been constructed, and the arena as built is smaller, and shifted slightly farther away from Sixth Avenue compared to the image.)
Another affirmed, "Even louder than yesterdays concert." Another asked, "Why can’t the city do something NOW to shut this down?"
But complaints had surfaced much earlier. As one resident wrote 10/1/12 on Atlantic Yards Watch, "The concert last night was clearly audible from inside my apartment, even with the windows closed."
Even New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, in his 11/1/13 review of the arena, wrote, "The sound system needs adjusting, and alarming reports have surfaced via the local watchdog-blogger Norman Oder from neighbors complaining about noise and vibrations."
Can fines stop noise? Or something else?
Still, they have strong business reasons to get things fixed. Forget mollifying neighbors down the block. The first Atlantic Yards apartment tower, B2, opens in August 2014, built flush against the arena. It would be hard to rent market-rate units when there's boom-boom in the living room.