October 6, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Prospect Heights / Ratner Construction Update

Noises on! Barclays Center construction now 24-7-365

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Workers will now toil on the Barclays Center around the clock, seven days a week to ensure that the $1-billion arena will be ready for Jay-Z’s grand opening concerts next summer.

Neighbors of the Prospect Heights arena were quick to notice the stepped-up construction schedule, thanks to ear-splitting noise between 10 pm and 6 am on Atlantic, Flatbush and Fourth avenues, and Pacific Street, where roadwork is underway in hopes of reducing traffic to the 19,000-seat arena.

Construction is also going full-blast to repair the shuttered Carlton Avenue bridge, install new sewer lines and prepare the site’s rail yard for a massive upgrade. City rules require that the work be done at night, when traffic is lightest.

As if that weren’t enough, truck deliveries to the site were pushed back to 6 am, and a staging area inside of the Atlantic Yards footprint is active 24 hours per day, according to residents.

Taken together, residents near the project are left with one massive headache.

“It’s noisy and loud,” said Milagros Barreto, who lives on Dean Street. “I can hear the work clearly from my house.”

John Carruthers, who lives on Pacific Street, said the noise is keeping him and his 14-year-old daughter up at night.

“She ends up going to sleep late and wakes up tired,” he said. “It’s pissing me off,”

Project spokesman Joe DePlasco said that the pace of construction “will continue through the arena opening, but he denied that the work was ramped up to keep the project on schedule.

The arena is set to open next September with a series of concerts by the rap superstar, Jay-Z, the Brooklyn native formerly known as Shawn Carter.

Updated 3:25 pm, October 7, 2011: Current version clears up a confusion about which work must be done at night. Thanks, Norman.
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Hector from Prospect Heights says:
We the 99% who live here must suffer so the 1% can have their pet projects delivered on time. I shouldn't complain. I should be grateful for the job creation Mr. Ratner provided a select few and all the minimum wage food vendor jobs he will create when the center is finally open. Thank you Mr. Ratner! I will never question the noise level again. I'm sorry creator of jobs, that I complained about the thick layer of dust in my apartment. I should be grateful you have provided me with your 24 hour a day noise as a reminder of the tears you have shed to get this land grab.. I mean civic project off of the ground and running. Thanks for the trashcans, now the rats aren't infesting my garbage. I am so grateful. Please continue with the work as your project completion and the dollar amount associated with it out weigh the communities being disrupted for another year. We should give thanks!
Oct. 6, 2011, 9:29 am
word from somewhere brookly says:
you suffer for one year so that jobs can be created in a blighted stretch of land that no one wanted to build on.
Oct. 6, 2011, 10:27 am
Hector from Prospect Heights says:
That's true! America needs more minimum wage jobs to compete with China's labor market. Maybe if we still produced goods we wouldn't need to rely on food services to fuel our joke of an economy. Again, I am grateful for the Job Creation provided by Jiggaman and Mr. Ratner. Shame on me for not falling inline or online as people say here. I guess I'm not looking out for the good of the hood or the longterm benefits at 1am When I'm trying to sleep. They can work during the day, but the nighttime work is a bit much.
Oct. 6, 2011, 11:55 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Ratner, what's the rush? don't you know that the NBA players are locked out?
Oct. 6, 2011, 11:57 am
Resident from PPW says:
Can't wait for the arena to open. I am looking forward to seeing the Brooklyn Nets!
Oct. 6, 2011, 12:56 pm
liam from kensington says:
"City rules require that the work be done at night, when traffic is lightest. Still, residents near the project are left with one massive headache."

Notice the emphasis is on traffic flow, not residents. #bikenyc
Oct. 6, 2011, 1:10 pm
Andy C from Boerum Hill says:
""City rules require that the work be done at night, when traffic is lightest."

So this is to suggest that the City can never work on the streets during the day? I'm sorry, but that's just patently false. All you have to do is walk around the city to see work being done at all hours of the day.

To make matters worse, the work that is currently being done is on an area that is COMPLETELY and TOTALLY blocked off from traffic during the day. So there is absolutely no benefit or traffic mitigation that happens from doing this work at night.
Oct. 6, 2011, 1:26 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
This via AYR & NLG:

The 'ear-splitting work' at Atlantic, Flatbush, Fourth, and Pacific had been going on for months. Of the late shift and overnight work related to the project, only some of it--the work on public streets--is required to be done at night by the city DOT.
The lingering question is whether the state and Forest City Ratner planned for sufficient mitigation, both in the area and timing for distribution of soundproofed windows. The state has not answered a question about what could be done to assist people who report intrusive noise.

To say 'City rules require that the work be done at night' suggests that Forest City Ratner has not asked for any special permissions. Not so.
There are no requirements, for example, that work be done at night at the arena site, or that deliveries be made earlier. They've speeded up. Asked about 24/7 work, Bruce Ratner said, "We don't want to take any chances."
See AY Construction Alert:

And see Atlantic Yards Watch for an extensive list of incident reports regarding the impacts of construction.
Oct. 6, 2011, 3:41 pm
Norman Oder says:
Are you blocking comments that link to my blog?
Oct. 6, 2011, 3:51 pm
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights says:
Forest City Ratner has indeed asserted that city rules require that SOME of the high-decibel work being done at night has to be done at night. Is that actually true? Forest City Ratner is an untrustworthy source of information. No matter, it is absolutely clear that NOT ALL of the ear-splitting work going on 24/7 is required by city rules to be done at night.

Why this work is going on 24/7 needs to be questioned. Why does Ratner gets to jackhammer away throughout the night (and on weekends) at incredible hearing-destroying decibels for months when, in theory, his arena is “on schedule” and there is no need to rush its building with extraordinary measures?

Google the following headlines (suggest you use included quotes) for details and more links respecting the above:

“Brooklyn Paper covers after-hours construction but suggests that all of it is required to be done at night. Not so.”

“Construction of the Ratner/Prokhorov (“Barclays”) Arena Is Behind Schedule. Either That, OR a 24/7 Construction Schedule Was ALWAYS Intended”
Oct. 6, 2011, 6:02 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Once again, Ratner flouts the laws. Probably the reason for doing this 24-7 is so that if a court ruling calls his project wrong, he can't undo anything. Then again, there have been numerous developers trying to get their projects done before any rulings from either the courts or zoning boards just so that they can beat it in the event they can't get their way. I remember hearing this from Kevin Walsh, who is known for doing Forgetten NY, and he is also againt this project. BTW, the AY Watch is not an official group, they were made by those who are concerned about what is going on, and they have noted numerous violations that Ratner has done, but he will get nothing but a slap on the wrist or some warning that won't be enforced.
Oct. 6, 2011, 9:45 pm
Norman Oder says:
I have since learned that any comments that were blocked were blocked inadvertently.
Oct. 10, 2011, 4:32 pm

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