140 Cadman Plaza West Residents Still Bothered by Brooklyn Bridge Construction Noise and Dust

Last fall, a group of concerned residents of 140 Cadman Plaza West held a press conference (video) to express their dismay at the constant overnight noise from ongoing Brooklyn Bridge repairs. Nine months later, they’re now speaking out about health issues related to the construction:

Brooklyn Eagle: “People are really suffering,” [Roberto Gautier] told the Brooklyn Eagle. “My wife wakes with heart palpitations every morning. Elderly people turn off their hearing aids, but they still feel the vibrations.

“Every night we see the convoy of trucks lining up around 10:30 to start the night shift,” he said. “If you have to go to work and get up at 6:30 or 7, you haven’t slept. We did a study in our building. People said they’ve nearly lost their jobs. They’re coming in late, they’re not with it.”

Even pets are getting stressed out, Gautier said. “Cats and dogs are suffering.”

The project is slated for completion by the end of 2015, but finishing touches could extend that into 2016.

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  • Shorty

    Would closing the windows reduce the noise? That helps for me.

  • Roberto

    Thank you. Closing windows helps in normal situations, but ours is beyond that. The noise and pollution outside our building unfortunately have become the new normal.
    Residents of NYC shouldn’t have to put up with this. In 2013, the Department of Buildings issued over 300 after-hours variances to permit all-night construction. A few members of the City Council are now working to counter the rubber-stamping of such variances, which do not address the noise and quality of life implications.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    That noise that one guy tried to describe is their truck backing up. I run across the bridge every week around 5am and I see the truck making that noise.

  • Andrew Porter

    I loaned a friend—whose apartment is on the north side of the building, overlooking the BB and especially exposed to the noise—my sound machine, which makes white noise and other sounds. It helps a lot. In the summer the noise of room air conditioners also helps to mask the noise, but in the winter…. I might also add that all the windows in the building are double glazed, but that really doesn’t help.