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Our tax dollars at work

Location: 
70 5th Ave
When: 
February 15, 2013 - 8:38pm

Dark Nissan sedan NY plate FMF-1415 parked in no parking zone at 70 5th ave (corner St. Marks), impeding southbound traffic from passing vehicles waiting to turn left onto St. Marks Ave, contributing to congestion and honking. Vehicle is displaying a DOT "Annual Parking Permit" on the dash.

The Usual Stuff

Location: 
The Usual Places
When: 
February 12, 2013 - 8:42pm

53 5th Ave: Black car parked at hydrant
63 5th Ave: Black car idling
66 5th Ave: SUV idling in front of Hydrant (1 hour)
68 5th Ave: Car parked in no parking zone (2 hours)
70 5th Ave: Car parked in no parking zone (1 hour)

Truck idles on Pacific Street

Location: 
Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt
When: 
February 6, 2013 - 8:00am

Construction related truck idling on Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenue.  There is no 311 because I was running for a train.  The video documents the idling, however:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Mj-V2K-E0
(note:  this occurred Wednesday, October 6th).

Mumford and Son buses idle on pad

Location: 
The pad next to 620 Atlantic Avenue
When: 
February 12, 2013 - 12:20pm

When I passed by the Pad the first time (at 12:18 PM) there were four tour buses in it.  One left soon afterwards, leaving three.  All appeared to be idling.  I filmed the first video linked below at that point and filed the 311 complaint.  When I passed by a second time at 2:00 PM they were still at it.  I filmed the second video linked below at that point.
 
It is possible the buses were not "idling,"  but rather they are equipped with generators to keep the interior warm and it was the generators that were running.

DEP cites FCRC for noise from "Sensation" concert that exceeds City regulations

On October 27, 2012, inspectors from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection visited several apartments in the Newswalk building on Dean Street. The purpose of their visit was to measure the level of sound escaping from the Barclays Center arena during the evening's "Sensation" electronica concert.

The visit was prompted by complaints from residents filed during the week of Jay-Z concerts that opened the arena. Inspectors had visited during one of the Jay-Z concerts, too, but had not been able to measure sound escaping from the arena in excess of City regulations. Some residents insisted that the inspectors had taken their measurements before Jay-Z had started his performance, however.

"Sensation" was different. On October 27, the inspectors took measurements at 10:40PM and recorded a sound level of 74dbc in a Newswalk apartment. New York City noise control code allows a maximum of 62dbc to escape from a commercial establishment. FCRC received a violation, and was ordered to appear at a hearing of the Environmental Control Board on January 8, 2013. (The violation and the inspector's notes are here.)

The violation carried a fine of $3,200. The ECB's records indicate the complaint was "dismissed." The New York Post reports that the complaint was technically inaccurate because it was served to Forest City Ratner instead of the subsidiary responsible for arena operations. A new ticket has been issued, and another hearing is to be scheduled for April.

Reports of noise from Jay-Z and Sensation circled Barclays Center

During the bass-heavy Sensation show at Barclays Center it was observed by residents, and confirmed by NYC Department of Environmental Protection, that noise at the arena was audible and disruptive in nearby homes.  

Numerous incident reports about noise from the arena were filed on AYW during Sensation and Jay-Z's concerts.  The diagram above shows the approximate locations complaints were submitted to AYW for those two events.   Jay-Z's music was heard as far away as the surface parking lot on block 1129. Jay-Z's performances ended by 11:30 PM.  Complaints received regarding Sensation extend to 1:30 AM; according to some reports the event continued until 5:00 AM.  

Barclays bus driver states no instructions given; he drives down residential street

Location: 
Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt
When: 
January 11, 2013 - 8:00pm

I spoke to a bus driver in a bus driving down Dean Street between 6th and Vanderbilt.  He confirmed he had dropped off VIPs at Barclays Center.  He told me he had received no instructions about where to go.  He was just driving around looking for a resting place.
 

Honeymoon is over - back to the usual horns blaring/illegal parking

Location: 
5th Ave b/w Prospect Place & Bergen St
When: 
January 5, 2013 - 7:40pm

Had gotten used to the quiet over the past few days. Oh well.....

72 5th Ave: SUV parked at hydrant
70 5th Ave: 2 cars parked in no parking zone
Black car idling at hydrant on corner of St. Marks Ave

The new norm - illegal parking, double-parking, idling, honking, loss of residential parking

Location: 
St. Marks Place b/w 4th & 5th Ave
When: 
December 23, 2012 - 2:30pm

Nothing new here....cars parked illegally in all the usual spots along 5th Ave. Private cars (some of which are residents trying to park) idling on side streets waiting for spots to open up....all combining to create the usual 2 hour pre and post-event horn-blaring show. It occurs to me that this problem could be largely solved by implementing resident permit parking like other cities have successfully done (Boston near Fenway park is good example).

Wow - DOT is part of the problem

Location: 
70 5th Avenue
When: 
December 21, 2012 - 7:45pm

There's a black Nissan Murano lic# GCK-3496 parked in the no-parking zone in front of 70 5th Ave (corner St. Marks). Car has a "DOT Agency Business Parking Permit" displaying on the dashboard. Is parked right in front of an illegally parked Subaru that was already there. Neither vehicle has a ticket.