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NY1 For You: East Williamsburg Residents Says Noise Outside Her Window Makes Home Unlivable

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Noise complaints are among the highest in the city, but one Brooklyn resident says the constant noise coming from outside of her window makes her home practically unlivable. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Andrea Brown says constant racket is ruining her quality of life.

"Banging and pounding and screeching of metal and the beeping machinery," she says. "It's just nerve-wracking."

The coming, going, loading and unloading of trucks at this fruit market directly across the street from Brown's apartment in Williamsburg prevents the tenant, who has heart disease, from getting any peace and quiet.

"I'm very concerned about my health," Brown says. "I also have a child that goes to school who's not resting."

The tired tenant says the noise starts as early as 5 a.m. and carries on all day long.

Brown says the noise is non-stop, even happening on holidays and weekends, and her countless complaints to the city have done nothing to quiet it.

After Brown contacted NY1 For You, NY1 For You called the Department of Environmental Protection. A spokesman for the agency said the DEP inspected on numerous occasions and issued summonses for excessive noise.

NY1 For You called the owner of the fruit market, who said it's a commercial area. He said he's gone to court and the judge dismisses the violations. He went on to say they've been open for three years and Brown's the only resident to complain.

The owner said he has tried to cooperate with her by waiting to open two out of three gates until 6:30 a.m. to reduce noise.

According to tenant advocacy groups, those like Brown are not alone in their struggle to get some relief, yet it seems they have little recourse.

"Nuisance noises like idling trucks and deliveries at 5 o'clock in the morning is beyond what a resident would expect in a residential neighborhood, and they should be given relief from a situation like that," says Delsenia Glover of Tenants and Neighbors.

"This is where I live, this is where I pay my rent, and I should be able to rest in peace," Brown says.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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