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December 5, 2011

What's going on here? Atlantic Yards Watch offers more evidence that those operating railyard flood lights turn them on well before announced 6 am start.

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When author and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Advisory Board member Jonathan Safran Foer wrote Everything is Illuminated, this isn't what he had in mind.

According to the last few Atlantic Yards Construction Alerts (e.g., 11/21/11, floodlights at the Vanderbilt yard are supposed to be turned on during the week at 6 am and from dusk to 7:30 p.m., to facilitate work.

As documented on Atlantic Yards Watch, on Wednesday, 11/30/11, the lights were on early, beginning at about 5 am, as indicated in the video below, and at 5:19 am, as indicated in the time stamp on the photo at left.

(Also see article on AY Watch.)

This isn't the first report of such deviation from the schedule.

As I wrote 11/10/11, Atlantic Yards Watch reported that, on the day before, the lights went on at about 4:30 am.

That may be more convenient for those planning work at the site. It's not more convenient for the neighbors. If the reports are true--and I'll see if Empire State Development, charged with overseeing site work, has a comment--shouldn't this be stopped?

And on Sunday

Note that the lights are supposed to be on early during the week to facilitate work.

However, yesterday, Sunday, when no one was working at the railyard in the early morning, the lights were on by 6:30 am, as noted on Atlantic Yards Watch.


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Atlantic Yards Watch, Entire railyard is illuminated for construction mornings and nights, including outside of scheduled construction hours

Representatives of Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt raised the use of the lights with LIRR during a meeting in the spring of 2010. The meeting was facilitated by former ESDC Ombudsman Forrest Taylor and took place at his office. The lights had recently been installed and their intensity was a concern to the community. At the meeting LIRR reassured the community representatives the lights would be used only rarely for work that could not be done during the day because of conflict with railyard operation. The use of the lights for railyard or Carlton Avenue Bridge construction was not mentioned as a possibility. At this time in the project's implementation the temporary railyard has been moved to its new location on the east side of the LIRR/MTA property, but has not yet been covered.

Posted by eric at December 5, 2011 10:32 AM