Things That Go Bump in the Footprint

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AY Report looks into whether the Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Yards ignored how the din and fumes associated with the work on the mega-project would affect the lives of residents living in its footprint. People who live on the northside of Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th avenues, whose homes are eventually supposed to be demolished for Atlantic Yards, say they’ve been uneasily living with the noise and dust kicked up by work on the water and sewer connections being upgraded on the block for AY. (Footprint Gazette has been chronicling the disturbances.) AY Report’s Norman Oder opines that the EIS probably ignored the effects of work on residents in the footprint, of which there are fewer than two dozen, because “planners assumed that, by the time construction activities began, no one would be there. But I don’t know for sure, because, when I asked the ESDC why the impact on footprint residents was left out and whether that was standard operating procedure, the questions were ignored.” The person who writes Footprint Gazette, meanwhile, says that reaching out to the city has been fruitless. The 311 calls haven’t really resulted in anything, he said. If we call with a noise complaint, or my apartment was flooded with diesel fumes, they come at a totally different time. I was trying to get them to come by, immediately.
AY EIS Ignored Noise Faced by Footprint Residents [AY Report]
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  • It’s naive to think that the city’s going to give s#!+ about these people that it views as a nuisance to begin with. They want you to go.

  • When do they stop digging the A-hole and start filling it?

  • Calling 311 about the noise and unplesant construction conditions at the corner of 6th and Dean aren’t likely to go anywhere, honestly.
    Look at the police station and fire station on the corner with all the illegally parked cars. (I love walking around big SUVs from staten island parked on the damn side walk just to get to my home, it’s fantastic with a stroller) It’s seems rather obvious that calls to the city will do little when city employees are so blatantly breaking laws themselves.
    There have already been several accidents at the corner from cars speeding up 6th as usual and not looking around the construction sticking out in the street for pedestrians. A kid on a bike got hit by a car there a week or so ago.
    As much as I dislike the AY project, at this point I wish it would just hurry the hell up so that the construction would be over. Unfortunately, it’s just going to get worse in my opinion.

    One nice thing that suprisingly hasn’t been mentioned yet on Bstoner (at least, I didn’t notice) is that the renovation of Dean Park on the other side of the street between 6th and Carlton is underway finally- they’re in the process of ripping up the asphalt parking lot looking area (formerly large basketball courts) next to the playground. I can’t wait for the installation of some grass and trees. Hope the park reno is nicely done.

  • My band has played @ Freddy’s, so we were responsible, in part, for some of the unpleasant noise.

  • ennuiater- not sure what the regs are actually for parking in front of firehouses and police stations, but I see it done all over the City. I just assumed they got a special permit from the City.

    Staten Island seems to be more affordable for firefighters and police but getting to firehouses and precincts in most of the City is hardly quick or easy from Staten Island without a car. Considering what these guys do, walking around the parked SUV’s is really a small price to pay.

    You certainly have my sympathies if you are going to be that close to AY. Granted it’s awful to live close to construction (I’ve done that), and considering the bad start AY is off to (the bakery collapse), I wonder exactly how closely monitored it will be. And how those around the perimeter of the construction site will be affected. Even how the firehouse will be affected in terms of responding to emergencies.

  • i appreciate that these folks put themselves on the line, but the fact is that the way officers park in front of and around police and fire stations around 6th and Dean creates a flat-out safety hazard that only will get worse as AY gets built, and is so utterly disrespectful as to seriously undermine the notion that the agencies care about the law, safety or welfare. i’ve often been forced to essentially walk in traffic on flatbush because a squad car or officers’ car is parked smack in the middle of the crosswalk. there’s no reason, and no excuse for that.

    if they have to have cars, there’s no reason they need SUVs (maybe if they bought less ridiculous cars they wouldn’t have to live in staten island). if they have to have SUVs, there’s no reason why they can’t park a little bit further away from the station (it’s going to kill them to leave home five minutes earlier for the start of their shift?). if they have to park that close, there’s no reason why they can’t coordinate so that they don’t cause safety hazards for us, and impede their own stated mission to respond to emergencies (gee, officer, do you really need to park in the middle of the sidewalk at 6th and Flatbush to get a bagel? really?).

  • Maybe they like living in Staten Island. I realize that’s a new concept to most of us Brooklynites, but St. Is. does have a lot to recommend it. Not all the cars are SUV’s- I pass by there several days a week on the bus and its a mix. the city requires them to live within City limits (and that said, quite a few don’t), but they don’t make it easy for them. In fact the City doesn’t make it easy for anyone- unless you have lots of money and political connections, :-)

    I have no idea what the City plans to do when construction over there gets in full swing. But I agree it will be a full fledged nightmare. I really don’t think they mean to be disrespectful but the City obviously gives them leave to park close to the fire or station house. And of course there are those who will always abuse their privileges.

  • NYC does not require police or fireman or teachers to live in NYC.
    “New York, the municipal government requires that a receptionist in the planning department live within the five boroughs. And while a teacher can reside wherever he or she pleases, a firefighter must have his or her home in one of 11 counties in New York State. Police Commissioner must live in the city, but a beat cop does not have to. ”

  • Thanks for clarifying that. Didn’t it used to be a requirement? When did that change?

  • Bxgrl-

    Of course not all firefighters and police officers at those stations are SUV drivers from Staten Island, my generalization was perhaps to broad. While I understand they have an important job to do, I don’t understand how that applies to where they park their cars.
    The firehouse is very, very protective about the ‘no parking in the fire lane’ area in front of the building to make sure the trucks have enough room to pull out and I can completely understand this.
    It just seems rather fantastically un-neighborly, however, to have double and triple parked cars as well as cars or SUV’s parked directly ON THE SIDEWARK on Dean in front of the playground next to the station when there is plenty of street parking just 1/2 block away in either direction between Flatbush/Dean and Carlton/Vanderbilt. If I can find it, so could they. It makes them seem lazy and seem to not give a crap about the pedestrians that have to walk in traffic to go around all the cars blocking the sidewalks- something downright dangerous as Dean is a busy street with a bus route.
    As the construction slowly makes it way up the street replacing the water mains, I can only hope they will be more neighborly about not blocking sidewalks with their cars since the construction is doing a great job of it also, but I’m not much of an optimist.

  • ennuiator- I’m not sure either but I have a friend I can ask about the parking thing and see if there is some sort of reason they are allowed to do that.

  • I also am frequently peeved by the fire department and police suvs taking up all the spots both legal and illegal. Between them and the construction workers, the limited amount of parking that exists around my home goes quickly.

    Recently I was parked in between a line of police’s personal cars about 40 feet from a temporary bus stop on Dean and my car got towed, actually cherry picked from between the other cars. Like my car sitting 4 cars back from the temporary bus stop was going to create a problem. Ain’t that bitch?

  • Footprint- just went to your blog and read your posts. I can so empathize. My building was next to the new Brooklyn Law dorm and Urban foundation was a complete nightmare. The pile driving and the collapse of a building behind us was the worst-I thought for sure my building would come crashing down it shook so badly. Lots of nice cracks developed too. when I got the chance to move, I took it.

  • Requirement that cops and firemen live in the city was lifted in the early/mid 60s, but a lot of them had bailed to NJ and Rockland County, S.I., L.I., before that, and just kept it on the dl.

    I think they park that way so that they won’t have to commandeer as many spots — if they all parked bumper to fender, think of how many spaces they’d have to take up. So that’s one way of looking at it.

    I don’t have a big beef with cops. I’ve seen many more rookies sweating their you-knows off, walking around Clinton Hill, since the publicity about the marauding at-risk youth, and I say, right on.

    Pile-driving is deeply quality-of-life disturbing. Got a friend in that area whose wife is preggo and she’s having a hell of a time sleeping. Condolences.

  • Thanks for the empathy bxgrl. I recently had 2 different out of towners stay with me last week and they were shocked at what we deal with and appalled that this is being allowed to happen.

    If you read through Norm Oder’s post you can see just how foul this whole thing is. There weren’t supposed to be people in these buildings at this stage in the construction, so the necessary measures to make this bearable are not in place.

    Needless to say, FCR and Marty Markowitz don’t give a damn, and are happy to harass us until we leave. After all they want those arena dollars and could give a rat’s ass about the people who live here. Our hope is that the people who live here (you good Brooklynites) will care about the people who live here (us good Brooklynites) and help us make some noise about this.

    Brownstoner and Norm Oder have now done their share in exposing this nonsense and a handful of other people as well. But by in large we are forgotten about behind this green wall. And until we get due respect and compensation we ain’t going nowhere. And until we leave ain’t nobody gettin’ their arena and the construction will continue at this snail’s pace making sure this area is blighted for years to come.

    Marty Markowitz: marty@brooklynbp.nyc.gov – tell him to put the reins on these out of control developers.

    Andy Zlotnick FCR Senior VP: AZlotnick@fcrc.com – tell him to have some respect for the people he’s displacing.

  • I have some bad news for you Asshats…

    Governor Calls on Legislature to Deal With Fiscal Crisis

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/nyregion/30paterson.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson, in a brief and rare live televised address, said Tuesday evening that New York is facing a fiscal crisis in the wake of Wall Street’s meltdown, and he called on the Legislature to return next month to grapple with a budget deficit that will grow to $26.2 billion over the next three years.

    Ok here we go! Is New York State STILL giving Ratner money to build Atlantic Yards???!!!!!

    Huh, No! Hells NO.. Ratner told me to go Atlantic Yards but I said NO NO NO!! LMMFAO!

    Brownstone Brooklyn is finished………….

    The What (Let’s go Newark Nets!)

    Someday this war is gonna end…

  • Oh The What, I wish you were right, and maybe what you say will ultimately come to pass. But right now my chair is vibrating from the backhoe that’s outside my window, meaning that there is at least some funding in there somewhere.