Manhattan Residents Raise Concerns Over 2nd Avenue Subway Project Blasting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents on the Upper East Side claim vibrations from the regular blasting at the Second Avenue subway construction site is damaging their historic brownstone properties.

There are 45 landmarked homes between Second and Third Avenues stretching from East 60th Street to 63rd Street.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

Many of the homes in the area were built in the late 1800s.

“I worry about the building because it’s moving,” one resident told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “I’m wondering if one of them will fall down eventually.”

He claims there are cracks on the walls and staircase all the way to the fourth floor of his East 62nd Street brownstone.

Many of the complaints have also stemmed from vibration and drilling holes in preparation for the next day’s blasts.  MTA Capital Construction says that it has tried to “re-sequence construction work activities,” but that the nature of the work and restrictions placed on the agency have rendered the attempts “only partially effective.”

“MTACC is still working on addressing the ongoing noise issues after 10 p.m.,” said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

The MTA is restricted from blasting after 7 p.m. and no trucking is allowed after 10 p.m. The agency says that those rules make it difficult to do things like install rock bolts, drill holes in the rock for the next round of blasts and load explosives.

Some homeowners are considering asking for an injunction to stop the blasting.

Ortiz said that engineers have offered to visit some apartments to assess the noise and evaluate the residents’ experience to see if there is anything they can do to remedy their complaints.


One Comment

  1. Connie Citizen says:

    All of this said, I live on the 72nd & 2nd right in the middle of the construction. Everyday the MTA lies about what they will do to alleviate “quality of life” issues caused by the subway. Up to now, they have done nothing, zero, zilch – anything they say is only for PR purposes without any teeth in it. Case in point was the air-quality issues that are causing the community severe respiratory problems from their failure to properly contain dust and other pollutants from the construction – they contracted the study to be done by one of their contractors, the head of the MTA Capital Construction project worked at this contractor for 16 years, they distorted the findings, and if you delve into the study itself, it states that the monitoring equipment was unreliable for 10 of the 12 months during testing. Sure, they will come to our comes to check the noise level, but I will bet you actually anything you desire, they will make that construction that evening is light and shuts down early. There is absolutely no oversight by the MTA or any concern for the health and safety of the community. All for 3 subways stops (yep that’s right) that took 10 years to build (double the projected time) and almost double over budget. Hope everyone is happy with all of their wasted tax dollars, particularly when quality service is being cut for those who desperately need it in the outer boroughs!

  2. Rennie says:

    Some years ago, we had blasting and huge boards being hammered into the trench on my block to install new water pipes, and after MANY complaints that the houses shook every time, the city sent out a guy with a seismometer to record data. Must have been convincing, because the construction switched to less invasive methods. Perhaps the UES residents in this case could do the same.

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