2011-11-23 / Features

MTA LIC Noise Reducer Complete


(L. to r.); Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Chocolate Factory Executive Director Sheila Lewandowski, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Community Board 2 Chair Joe Conley and MTA Vice President of Government and Community Relations Lois Tendler announce the completion of sound abatement equipment in Hunters Point. (L. to r.); Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Chocolate Factory Executive Director Sheila Lewandowski, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Community Board 2 Chair Joe Conley and MTA Vice President of Government and Community Relations Lois Tendler announce the completion of sound abatement equipment in Hunters Point. Due to the efforts of state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, sound abatement equipment for the No. 7 train ventilator plant in Hunters Point has successfully been installed. Elected officials secured funding for the equipment last year after complaints of earsplitting sounds emanating from the MTA East River ventilator, located at 50th Avenue between 5th Street and Center Street.

City Transit President Thomas Prendergast sent a letter to the three elected officials in October indicating that the equipment’s installation was complete and area noise levels reduced.

Before its installation, sounds coming from the fan reached more than 80 decibels. Since its installation, however, sound measurements indicate the fan is emitting sounds averaging 62.3 decibels, which is not much different from ambient city noise levels of 61.6 decibels when the fan is not in operation.

“As Long Island City continues to grow and attract more families, we must ensure that the neighborhood provides a welcoming quality of life. The noise reduction achieved by this project will eliminate earsplitting noise and allow local residents to live and sleep more comfortably,” Gianaris said as he was joined by Chocolate Factory Executive Director Sheila Lewandowski, Community Board 2 Chair Joe Conley and MTA Vice President of Government and Community Relations Lois Tendler at a press conference announcing the project’s completion.

Nolan said, “This sound abatement equipment will help to reduce the noise caused by MTA exhaust fans that are next to residential buildings in Long Island City. This noise has long adversely affected the quality of life for many residents in Western Queens. This is a great opportunity to redress a long-standing problem in Long Island City, which now has thousands of new residents. I am pleased that we were able to work with the MTA to make this project happen.”

Van Bramer said, “The installation of sound abatement equipment in the Hunters Point South area is a major improvement in the quality of life for residents and businesses in the area. Long Island City has become one of the most desirable destinations in New York City, and shouldn’t be tainted with excessive noise. I was proud to work quickly with my colleagues and the MTA to allocate funding for this change, and will continue to work for continued progress in Long Island City.”

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