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NY1 For You: Brooklyn Construction Site Rattles Its Neighbors

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Excessive noise and vibration coming from a Brooklyn construction site has left those living in the area shaken. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Constant clanging coming from construction along the Gowanus Canal is wreaking havoc on the quality of life of neighboring residents.

"The whole building shakes and I've actually had books fall off the shelves," says Carl Teitelbaum, an affected resident.

"It's incredibly disruptive," says Ben Umanov, another affected resident.

Those living near the construction of the new 700 unit luxury apartment building say for two months now, every weekday, they've had to endure the unbearable noise of pile driving steel poles into the ground.

"It wakes us up every morning. If it's not the pile driving, it's the trucks coming and loading in," Umanov says.

"It pretty much goes on continuously from eight until about three or four in the afternoon," Teitelbaum says.

Residents say they recommended all kinds of soundproofing measures to alleviate the incredible noise, including the use of a screw pile driver.

"We never really got a definitive answer and screw pilings aren't pounded in but they're screwed in and it eliminates vibration and of course the noise," Teitelbaum says.

NY1 contacted the developer, Lightstone Group, and a spokeswoman said its construction team worked closely with a number of city and state agencies prior to the start of pile driving, taking steps to reduce the noise, including using one of the quietest pile-driving rigs available on the market. She went on to say the equipment being used fully meets the standards set forth by the city.

However, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman tells NY1 a notice of non-compliance was issued for the level of noise coming from the site. Although he went on to say since then Lightstone has taken a number of measures to reduce the noise including
adding a sound blanket to the pile-driving rig. Additionally, the daily start of pile-driving was delayed by an hour to 8 a.m. to accommodate residents.

Neighbors say the effort just isn't enough.

"I'm just desperate for it to quiet down," says Emily Mitchell-Marell, an affected resident.

According to Lightstone, the pile-driving phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in about 20 working days.

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