The Real Deal New York

Manhattan pols want to stop after-hours construction

November 04, 2013 11:24AM

A bill doing the rounds in City Council would eliminate a loophole that allows construction companies to work late at night and early in the morning.

City Council members Daniel Garodnick, Rosie Mendez and Gale Brewer are championing the bill. Currently, construction crews can get approval for round-the-clock work as long as they secure a variance from the Department of Buildings. Crews have had no problem getting one, Garodnick – who has been a prominent critic of the Midtown East rezoning proposal — told the New York Post, because construction companies take advantage of an “undue hardship” dispensation.

The proposal would remove the hardship category and would only allow for late-night or early-morning construction in case of emergencies or when the public safety is at risk, according to the Post.

“After-hours construction work, while sometimes necessary for emergency work, is the bane of many New Yorkers’ existence,” Brewer told the newspaper.

Recently, Extell Development secured a 24/7 permit to build One57, angering neighborhood residents. [NYP]Hiten Samtani

  • Crian Bashman

    I hear there is plethora of peace and quite in Montana. Perhaps these folks would be more comfortable there. Making construction projects last longer and become more expensive will not solve the “issue” and will just make things worse and more expensive for everyone.

  • J Yun

    Crian Bashman is Right. This is a heavy dose of non sense. We need to learn how to build quicker than China in this country. These are the same people complaining there are not jobs in this country. Go figure!

  • JB

    What about work in commercial buildings, where the tenants are there during the day, and the work needs to occur within the building’s envelope? This is a one dimensional argument…

  • DM

    This would be an absolute blessing to many New Yorkers! The basis for approval is an absolute joke! Big developers seem to get whatever variances they want. The complaint process is also a joke — why even bother to have 311 take them? The DOB and DEP obviously couldn’t care less. I live in an area where there’s been construction 6 days a week at least half a year. They start at 7 AM on the weekdays and often work past 5 or 6 PM, frequently waking up the neighborhood with their prep and yelling as early as 6:30 AM. There has only been ONE Saturday where they haven’t worked since this began. Despite neighborhood complaints, there have been absolutely no changes to the construction schedule or behavior.