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Impacts related to the presence of workers, vehicles, barriers, and infrastructure associated with demolition, excavation, and construction work being performed at the site.

Neglected fences, not development or artwork, characterize the project's second phase

 

"Works in Progress," Artbridge’s exhibition of 20 digital prints installed in segments along construction fencing circling the arena block, is located on Flatbush Avenue, Dean Street and 6th Avenue.  It will be in place until April or May of next year. 

Artbridge is a non-profit public arts organization that according to its website, "beautifies neighborhoods and communities by transforming overhead construction scaffolding into larger-than-life canvas for the work of local emerging artists."  

The photo to the left shows the exhibition being installed on a portion of the fencing along Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Flatbush Tuesday October 18th.

The effect of the exhibition is enhanced by the active construction of the Barclays Center rising behind as a backdrop. But its total running length is only 425 feet, and it is installed next to the first elements of project construction.  The 22 acre project footprint has approximately 6,000 linear feet of fencing along its perimeter.  

When the exhibition was announced to the public in June, AYW ran a story including a photograph (below, left) of a fence located on Atlantic Avenue at Vanderbilt.  The photo to the right was taken October 8th. 

 

June 2011 October 2011

 

2011-10-10 Where is the street lighting on Dean St mid block bwt 6th Ave & Flatbush since the Atlantic Yards arena construction?

Location: 
mid block south side Dean St bwt 6th Ave & Flatbush
When: 
October 10, 2011 - 9:35pm

2011-10-10 Where is the street lighting on mid-south side Dean St bwt 6th Ave & Flatbush since the arena construction local resident's ask? Local residents are afraid of area because of lack of street lighting since the start of the arena construction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh7xqZ0JRF4

 

2011-10-10 unknown canaster left under gas construcion baracade

Location: 
West south side sidewalk mid block pacific st bwt 4th & Flatbush
When: 
October 10, 2011 - 12:24pm

2011-10-10 unknown canaster left under gas construcion baracade, south side sidewalk mid block west pacific st bwt 4th & Flatbush

 

More smoke, dust, inside residence @ 73.5 db @ 7:31 am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video

Location: 
behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
October 10, 2011 - 7:38am

More smoke, dust, noise levels inside residence range 56.5 db ~ 73.5 @ 7:30 am from drilling to underpinn the storage building in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video.

Notice the 'black tarp wall' built to protect what? the trains? (in still pictures & video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWgpm9oPYZw

previous reports:

http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/333

More smoke, dust, inside residence @ 68 db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video

Location: 
behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
October 7, 2011 - 9:28am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oJ6bGF42jo

More smoke, dust, inside residence 68 db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yard with video

 

previous report:

http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/333

Smoke, dust, inside residence @ 68 volume db @ 7am from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yards

Location: 
behind 718 Atlantic Ave / Vanderbilt rail yards
When: 
October 4, 2011 - 7:00am

Smoke, dust and 7am inside residence @ 68 volume db from drilling in the Vanderbilt rail yards for months to underpin the storage building the 68 db reading pictures

 

 

 

 

State and City agencies allow extended hours construction across the entire Atlantic Yards site

(Updated)

Construction hours in New York City generally span the period from 7 am to 6 pm weekdays.  One work shift five days a week from 7 am to 3:30 pm is the norm.

Atlantic Yards is different with extended construction hours taking place throughout the project and its vicinity.  Even though the developer currently is a leaseholder of a little more than half of the project's prospective 22 acre site, construction still takes place throughout much of the 22 acres.  And construction in every location has been allowed by the State and City agencies that oversee the work to extend beyond NYC's normal weekday construction hours.

The map above is indexed to show the locations where permission to conduct work outside of normal construction hours is detailed in the Atlantic Yards Construction Update dated from September 25th to October 9th.  The 2006 footprint of the project is highlighted in orange; areas with active construction work are a stronger orange.

A cloud of smoke rises above the arena this morning

A cloud of what appeared to be smoke rose above the arena this morning.   The photo above and the time-lapse video below are  derived from photography taken from our live camera facing the arena block.  

The live camera takes photos every minute.  The time stamp on the photos shows the smoke lasting for approximately 15 minutes from 6:46 to 7:00 AM.     The images appear to show the cloud moving out of the arena block toward the camera.  Air quality is a major concern for the community surrounding the construction site and also presents health hazards for construction workers.

The smoke was first noticed by an Atlantic Yards Watch contributor who was videotaping this morning's truck activity.  The incident report filed by that contributor primarily focuses on truck violations, but it also includes video capturing the smoke around the 3:17 mark.  

Noise related to nighttime use of staging areas

Although no construction is taking place on the eastern end of the Atlantic Yards footprint, contractors performing night time work move in and out of block 1129 (between Carlton Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Dean Street and Pacific Street) with equipment and materials. Noise from these activities began to be reported in July 2001 (see 172), and in September of 2011, a representative from Forest City Ratner explained to AYW that night time work requiring access to the block 1129 staging area was expected through August 2012.