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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.

Dust in block 1129 from both the demolition of 603 Dean and transfer of dirt from the mound to trucks at Dean and Carlton

Location: 
Block 1129/603 Dean Street
When: 
July 29, 2011 - 1:47pm

Building materials from the demolition of 603 Dean Street are being loaded into a dumpster without watering, causing dust to go into the air.

Dirt from the mound near Carlton and Dean is being transferred to trucks without watering.

High Pitched Noise; Brown Water; Dust

Location: 
Carlton Avenue between Pacific and Dean
When: 
July 28, 2011 - 8:00pm

Report filed by phone.  It is from resident of Carlton Avenue between Pacific and Dean Streets.

A high pitched sound is coming from the railyard in block 1121.  It is loud enough to hear at Bergen Street.  Called 311 who said an inspector would be there within ten days.  On 311's suggestion called Con Ed, (sound "sounds electric").   Con Ed said there are no outages and no problems nearby.

Water turned brown yesterday, (Wednesday), when shelter in block 1129 was taken down.

The Daily News reports the NYPD is now ticketing construction worker cars parked illegally

Erin Durkin in the Daily News has followed up on her article from earlier this month about illegal construction worker parking.  She reports the police have issued 69 summonses in the last two weeks in the blocks around the site.  She quotes a NYPD spokesman as saying the violations "run the gamut," of the type of violations this website has highlighted.

Regular visitors to Pacific Street or 6th Avenue will see a discernible difference with few cars parked on sidewalks or in violation of parking regulations.  Illegal construction worker parking has largely been cleared away from those areas.  Other areas such as inside the MPT zone on Atlantic Avenue continue to be used by construction workers.  Illegal city employee parking, especially related to the 78th Precinct, also continues.

As part of what will be an ongoing initiative Atlantic Yards Watch will post a review of existing construction worker parking strategies in a few weeks.

Signs stating sections of Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street will be closed July 30-31 and August 6-7 from 8 am to 4 pm are incorrect; there will be no closures this weekend

(updated Thursday, July 28th)

Two signs were posted Wednesday giving notice Carlton Avenue will be closed between Pacific Street and Dean Street, and Pacific Street closed between 6th and Carlton Avenues July 30-31 and August 6-7  from 8 am to 4 pm.  Both blocks are contiguous and linked to one temporary and two permanent street closures related to Atlantic Yards. For this reason, further temporary closures may be particularly inconvenient for project neighbors.

The new temporary closures were due to renovations on the Newswalk building, not Atlantic Yards.  Apparently, the closures have been suspended for this upcoming weekend because the contractor failed to meet public notification requirements.  When further information is available, it will be posted here.

After a month of violations the dirt mound at Dean Street and Carlton Avenue is finally "slimed" with green protective covering

(Updated)

Roughly a month after a mostly uncovered large mound of dirt appeared on block 1129, an incident report finally gave notice "the mound was "slimed" with green stuff."  The green stuff is presumably a protective covering to inhibit dust.

Only a few days after the "sliming," the mound was gone. It did not appear again in another location, suggesting the contractor only covered the mound once its function was complete.

For a month community members (and apparently the ESDC) had attempted to get the contractor to cover the mound or move it.

The photographs submitted with the report show one portion of the mound still covered with plastic and another with a slightly unnatural green hue.

Early this month this site reported that improper custodianship of the mound appeared to violate numerous commitments in the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments.  Since that time, ESDC told this writer they continued to "reprimand" the contractor to ensure the dust pile is covered or wetted frequently, and that they requested an air monitor be placed near the pile to ensure air is not compromised.  An air monitor was located near the pile at times.  No neighbors of the pile have reported seeing wetting used, although the dirt is brought to block 1129 to be sifted and then shipped elsewhere on the site.  

Complaints about extended hours work continue, and new sources of construction noise at night and on weekends may be on their way

Complaints about late night and after hours construction work continue to reach this website.  The video above, (which reached this site indirectly), was filmed at 1:30 am at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Bergen Street.

Complaints about permitted late night work on the project date back to the extended infrastructure work that took place on Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in 2008 and caused substantial discomfort to many living in the vicinity.  The earliest illegal after hours work inside the footprint dates to the spring of 2007, only a short time after work on the project began.  

The sources of the complaints relate to an expanding list of types of work scheduled at night and on weekends.  The affected residential areas are dispersed throughout the perimeter of the 22 acre project site.

Another FCR dump truck leaves Vanderbilt rail yard site not covered

Location: 
Gate @ 718 Atlantic Ave
When: 
July 25, 2011 - 10:28am

FCR truck leaves Vanderbilt rail yard site not covered....

6 am FCR construction worker rearranges non-FCR barriers to enable FCR workers to park & creates dangerous conditions

Location: 
Just West of car park @ 700 Pacific St bet 6th Ave & Carlton
When: 
July 25, 2011 - 8:22am

 6 am FCR construction worker rearranges other construction company barriers to enable FCR workers to park & creates dangerous conditions by moving barriers carelessly enough to protrude into public traffic lane.

5:47a~6:49a No Safety Helmets by FCR construction workers in active construction zone~entry sign on gate states hardhat required

Location: 
Vanderbilt rail yard behind 718 Atlantic Ave
When: 
July 25, 2011 - 5:47am

5:47a~6:49a No Safety Helmets by FCR construction workers in active construction zone~entry sign on gate states hard hat, eye protection, safety vests mandatory

FCR dump truck leaves Vanderbilt rail yard site not covered

Location: 
Gate @ 718 Atlantic Ave
When: 
July 19, 2011 - 1:20pm

The dump truck gets wheels washed but dosen't cover the dirt filled bed.