Neighbors of the Hudson Yards megadevelopment say they are struggling to drown out the noise from 24-hour construction.
Far West Side residents of the 369-unit Ohm rental building at 312 11th Avenue, which faces the 23-acre site where Related Companies plans to build a platform and skyscrapers over the West Side Rail Yards, told DNAinfo that since work began last month, it’s been nothing but pounding, drilling and jackhammering 24 hours a day.
“It’s all night — I can’t get to sleep until 4 a.m. or later because the noise is so bad,” resident Michael Masters told the news site. Masters measured the noise at night from jackhammers and drilling at 90 decibels — equivalent to the amount of noise a lawnmower makes, according to reports. The Department of Buildings has received 10 complaints about after-hours work to date, DNAinfo reported.
Since the city has given the construction company, Tutor Perini, a permit to work outside of business hours, some tenants have gone so far as to forgo earplugs or noise canceling machines and relocate. One resident, Stacy Alldredge, told DNAinfo that she has been allowed to break her lease because of the noise and is searching for a new home. Masters is also considering moving.
Although construction has been going on for more than a year, additional work began earlier this month on the platform that will support the 23-acre development, as previously reported. [DNAinfo] — Angela Hunt