New Blasting Begins For 2nd Avenue Subway

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – If you live on the Upper East Side, be prepared for some shaking. There is new blasting underground for the 2nd Avenue Subway.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

The MTA told WCBS 880 that design modifications to the “muck houses,” as they’re known above ground, will better mitigate the effects of underground blasting.

There are also new outreach efforts via e-mails and site tours in the neighborhood.

PHOTOS: 2nd Avenue Subway Construction

But an MTA official told AM New York there is no such thing as “immaculate construction” and one 45-year neighborhood resident, who didn’t want to give her name, said patience wears thin.

“There are a number of things that can occur. Rationally, any one of us can understand it. Emotionally, it is another story, because it’s our neighborhood,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane on Monday. “They’re making so damn much noise with all the heavy equipment, whether they’re blasting or not. They’ve actually worked until 1 in the morning, not a lot, occasionally.”

Blasting projects near 63rd and 72nd Streets are reportedly near completion. It is expected next around 84th Street.

Is the 2nd Avenue Subway worth the hassle and environmental concerns? Tell us in the comments section below.

  • VY

    They scream during the construction, but will love the convenience and increase in their coop / condo apartment values once the 2nd Ave Subway starts running.

  • Sally

    I bet these whiners are the same that WANTED the MTA and city to do something about the lack of subway service on that part of town. Now they whine because what they wanted is too loud.

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