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Fast-Tracked Rockaway Boardwalk Construction Causing A Headache For Residents

Rockaway Boardwalk Construction April 9, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Rockaway Boardwalk Construction April 9, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Construction crews are working around the clock to get the Rockaway boardwalk reconstructed in time for the start of summer.

But some neighbors have complained that the noise is out of hand.

Cement pilings are being pounded into the sand. Arverne by the Sea homeowner Vincent Castellano said the constant thumping has kept him up at night.

“The couch shakes, the bed shakes,” Castellano told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller. “You leave the TV on to drown out the noise. The lights shine into the apartment.”

The city is building modular lifeguard stands to replace the ones washed away by superstorm Sandy right across the street from the Arverne by the Sea condo community.

“I think as a community, we want to make sure the beaches are open for us as residents as well as people that don’t live here to come and enjoy our beaches. But a few hours a day for the extra week, maybe at night if they could just hold off maybe from midnight to 5 a.m., I think that’s fairly reasonable,” said Glenn DiResto with the Arverne by the Sea homeowners association.

Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanaugh with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation said they’re trying to get life back on track at the beach by Memorial Day.

“We’re basically trying to do two years worth of work in four months,” said Kavanagh.

“I can certainly understand their concern. Nobody likes to be disturbed when they’re sleeping. The noise is primarily due to some pile-driving which is happening this week and should wrap up by the end of the week,” he told Miller.

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