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Late-Night Noise Continues to Plague Residents Near Hudson Yards

By Mathew Katz | April 15, 2014 7:15am | Updated on April 15, 2014 12:47pm
 The under-construction Hudson Yards skyscraper, center, down the block from the Ohm building, right. 
The under-construction Hudson Yards skyscraper, center, down the block from the Ohm building, right. 
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HUDSON YARDS — Weeks after developers pledged to knock off noisy nighttime construction, neighbors of the massive Hudson Yards work site say the drilling and sawing are still wreaking havoc with their sleep.

Tenants in the Ohm building — at the corner of 11th Avenue and West 30th Street, across from Hudson Yards — have dealt with months of around-the-clock noise as workers at the site build a 47-story skyscraper and blast a new Amtrak tunnel.

After receiving complaints about the 24-hour construction, Related Companies, which is managing the work, pledged to stop noisy blasting and drilling for the tunnel project from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. — but neighbors say little has changed.

"Before, we got no sleep at all. Now, you sometimes fall asleep, then they'll start work again and won't stop," said Adriana Cantelli, 40, who lives across from the construction site. "I've been so sleep-deprived for months, it's affecting my health."

According to tenants at Ohm, the work typically ends at about midnight and picks back up at 6 a.m., giving them a limited window to rest.

"We're given a six-hour period to sleep, so we can't have our own schedules," resident Ceren Bingol said.

Bingol said that noise has gotten worse on the weekends as well.

"It's horrible not to be able to rest at home on a Saturday," she said.

Several times since Related pledged to stop late-night work at the end of March, construction picked up in the middle of the night, including between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. a few nights in early April, residents said.

"The jackhammering has stopped, but it's been replaced by drilling and sawing," said Michael Masters, who said he recorded noise levels from his apartment as loud at 80 decibels after 11 p.m.

Tutor Perini, the construction company working on the project, has permits from the Department of Buildings to work 24 hours a day.

Related previously said the bulk of the noise was coming from equipment breaking up rock for the new Amtrak tunnel, but locals say that the noise is coming from both the Amtrak project and Related's Hudson Yards skyscraper on the eastern edge of the block.

A spokeswoman for Related did not respond to a request for comment.

Some tenants at Ohm are demanding a rent discount because of the noise, while others are hoping to break their lease and move out. Rent at the 369-unit building runs from $2,695 a month for a studio to $7,300 a month for a two-bedroom. 

"I know it's New York and New York never stops, but you have to let people sleep," Cantelli said. "We're paying a good chunk of money to not be able to sleep."

Clinton Management, the property manager for Ohm, said tenants will be held to their leases despite the noise.

“We are in daily contact with elected officials, city agencies, the Related Companies, representatives from Amtrak, and other members of the community to ensure that all construction activity in the area is within regulated guidelines,” a representative of Clinton Management said. “We are committed to working with our residents; however, management currently has no plans to renegotiate any existing leases.