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Noise impacts resulting from project creation or operation.

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).

2012-06-22 Barclays Arena - FCR contractor-operator of heavy equipment earth mover blocks fire truck for around 20min

620 Atlantic Ave - mid Pacific St bet Carlton Ave & 6th Ave
June 22, 2012 - 3:13pm

When FCR contractor/operator of heavy equipment earth mover enters onto public Pacific St & is followed by FCR pickup truck ignores that fact that a double parked contractor van will prevent enough clearance for the earth mover to get by; the FCR contractor driver transverses close enough to block the entire public street and also blocks a NYC fire department fire truck for around +/- 20 minutes. The heavy equipment earth mover & fire truck were mid-block of a 171 unit residential building with around 100 families with children residing on the Pacific St side.

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??

620 Atlantic Ave - block 1129 from 6th Ave ~ 1129 onPacific
June 21, 2012 - 4:51pm

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??
The DOB stop work order on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t appear to stop because they were still working on tanks on 2012-06-19 5 days later.
2012-06-19 Video shows working on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks

Unapproved work on block 1129

Block 1129
June 15, 2012 - 1:10pm

Work that appears to be unapproved is taking place on block 1129.  What appear to be retaining tanks for the detention system have been installed.  Excavation has taken place.  The detention system is shown as being "disapproved" on the DOB website.
Impactful work has taken place causing vibrations.  A hoe ram has been used.  Large stones have been dropped in containers.
A selection of photos has been submitted to the Department of Buildings.  

Noise from nighttime "cutover" of LIRR operations causes consternation for nearby residents

24-hour work to move LIRR operations from the southern to the northern half of Vanderbilt Railyards (referred to as the "cutover" in ESDC's Atlantic Yards construction alerts) is causing consternation among residents.  AYW has received several complaints about jackhammers, saws, and the persistent beeping of reversing construction vehicles.  One resident describes "jackhammering, tons of noise."

The video to the right is a of a worker using a saw on LIRR's tracks at 2 AM.  The filer of the incident report that includes the video has a decibel meter and reports a 120 db level.  No steps to attenuate the noise are visible in the video.

The use of noisy equipment like saws and jackhammers is not specified in the most recent construction alert.  The alert warns the community about the intermittent use of the LIRR railyard's lights all night, and that from 3:30 PM to 1:00 PM "loud banging noises by dump trucks will occur as they empty their loads of stone in the east yard between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues." But it does not describe jackhammering or the use of saws, and the noisy work described ends at 1:00 AM, not the later hours that the incident reports from nearby residents describe. 

Jackhammering off hours

carlton and pacific
June 16, 2012 - 11:15pm

jackhammering, tons of noise. They were at it all last night too.

2012-06-16 Barclays LIRR worker shouts 'I don't give a f--k' about making noise @ 2am of 120db – he says I be here 55 more hours

620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
June 16, 2012 - 2:12am

When Barclays LIRR worker noticed they were being videotaped he turns and says with utter distain, 'go ahead I’m fine with it, like I give a f--k' referencing his activity of the sawing noise @ 2am for many hours of over +120db, something that has been already evident to the community.
00:37 'go ahead I’m fine with it, like I give a f--k'

2012-06-13 6th Ave between Atlantic Ave & Dean St closed @ various times since 6-12 - no advance notice to community

620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Atlantic Ave
June 13, 2012 - 11:06am

2012-06-10 Sunday night 8pm rail yard work for Barclay’s arena egregiously violations the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards

620 Atlantic Ave various locations Vanderbilt rail yards
June 10, 2012 - 9:10pm

2012-06-10 Sunday night 8pm rail yard work for Barclay’s arena egregiously violations the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards, on a Sunday almost all day & the last video @ 8pm @ night shows track cleaning equipment creating dust bowl that drifts into the surrounding residential neighbors with no air monitors. No dust suppression in rail yard work for Barclay’s arena violates the EIS & NYC Air Quality standards and ESDC’s & FCR’s continued failure to monitor to ‘prevent’ ongoing quality of life issues including air quality.

Barclays Center attorney reveals arena clubs to stay open after events end, as late as 2:00 AM

A letter from Barclays Center attorney William Schrieber to Brooklyn Community Board 6 dated June 5 mentions a detail of the arena's plans for liquor sales that apparently has not been disclosed up to now: Barclays Center's four clubs will serve alcohol up to one hour after arena events end—as late as 2:00 AM.

Section 5 of Mr. Schrieber's letter states:

"For premium, limited access areas of the Arena such as the suites, clubs and the restaurant, alcohol service will continue until one hour after the end of NBA games and other events.


"Sales of alcoholic beverages for all public events at the Arena will end throughout the Arena, including the suites, clubs and the restaurant, no later than 2:00 a.m."

At an April 10 public meeting held at the 78th Precinct station house, representatives from Barclays Center maintained that liquor sales would end at the beginning of the fourth quarter of NBA games. No exception for the arena clubs was stated. Officials from Forest City Ratner Companies, when asked about liquor sales during public meetings, have likewise maintained that sales would end at the beginning of the fourth quarter. FCRC tends to frame discussions of arena operations in terms of NBA games, even though such games make up less than 20% of the 220 events expected to take place at Barclays Center each year.