Why residents are turning on the “dirty, loud, terrible and disgusting” East Village

The work, for now, is concentrated between First Avenue and Avenue B

Sep.September 23, 2018 03:00 PM

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The L train shutdown hasn’t even begun, but neighbors are already feeling the headaches of construction.

In the East Village, workers are building a staging area from which construction in the train’s East River tunnel will launch from, and it’s driving business owners and residents to a breaking point, according to the New York Post.

“It’s like living in the middle of a war zone,” said Scott Francis, a Stuyvesant Town resident, to the Post. “It’s dirty, loud, terrible and disgusting.” Other residents report bright lights “like the sun” shining through their windows at night. And some of them are forking out as much as $3,800 in monthly rent to live in the worsening conditions.

Meanwhile, retailers are also reeling.

“I don’t know if we’ll make it through this,” said John Chang, the owner of Dion Cleaners, adding that his revenue has been halved over the last six months.

The common complaint is the operation of loud equipment, including bulldozers and drills, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Underground work is to begin operating 24/7 shortly, while the L train will officially shut down in seven months. [NYP]–Erin Hudson

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