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“The incessant din of construction doesn’t have to be the reality of living in a big city,” Mayor de Blasio said.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed legislation aimed at reducing overnight and weekend construction noise.
According to the administration, the new law allows inspectors to take noise readings from the roadway or sidewalk, rather than requiring that they be taken from inside of a complainant’s apartment; empowers inspectors to shut down equipment that is too loud; and calls for new rules for responding when the noise is most likely to happen again.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said the new measure “will empower our noise inspectors with new tools to more effectively enforce the City’s Noise Code” and provide “some much-needed relief to New Yorkers.”
Additionally, construction companies will be required to electronically file noise-mitigation plans, which will make it easier for inspectors and the public to review online.
“Noise pollution has gotten out of control when your alarm clock has been replaced by a jackhammer. But the incessant din of construction doesn’t have to be the reality of living in a big city,” de Blasio said. “We can do something about it.”
In November, the City Department of Buildings released a report that indicated that construction in the five boroughs is at an all-time high. The analysis showed that the Big Apple’s real-estate boom continues, with DOB issuing a record 88,838 construction permits over the last two quarters, eclipsing the previous high set in the spring and summer of 2016.