May$7,$2014$

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Empire'State'Development'
633'Third'Avenue,''
New'York,'New'York'10017
Attention:'Mr.'Derek'Lynch'
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Re:'Atlantic'Yards'Development'Project'
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Dear$Mr.$Lynch,$
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I'consider'myself'a'proponent'of'smart'development'and'accept'that'we'all'share'a'living,'breathing'city'that'
changes.''All'New'Yorkers'accept'and'endure'the'bustle'of'the'city.''I'have'lived'on'Carlton'Avenue,'between'Dean'&'
Pacific'streets'for'nearly'12'years.''I’ve'watched'my'neighborhood'change'and'I'am'raising'a'family'here.''
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The'construction'of'the'Barclay’s'Center'was'an'ongoing'nightmare.''Our'apartment'shook'daily'in'staccato'
rhythms.''Giant'piles'of'dirt'blew'up'dust'storms'on'windy'days.''Bugs,'rats'and'mice'began'to'show'up'regularly'
when'we'had'only'rarely'seen'them'before.''Sidewalks'were'littered'with'trash.''Streets'were'closed,'street'
directions'were'changed,'parking'spots'disappeared'and'my'tax'dollars'were'subsidizing'all'of'this'for'my'benefit.'''
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The'worst'offense'though'was'the'inexcusable'lack'of'good'faith'in'maintaining'reasonable'construction'hours'and'
noise'levels.''For'2+'years'my'family'and'I'were'woken'up'several'times'a'night'X'4,'5,'and'sometimes'6'days'a'week'
by'trucks'moving'in'and'out'of'the'staging'area,'and'tractors'going'backwards'and'forwards'over'and'over'and'over'
producing'an'unbelievable'grinding'noise'each'time'it'backed'up.'''
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Action'Environmental'Services'would'come'to'pick'up'a'large'industrial'size'trash'bin'2'or'3'times'a'week,'right'
beneath'my'1'year'old'daughter’s'bedroom'window.''This'produced'an'immense'racket'lasting'up'to'20'minutes'or'
so'and'usually'occurred'between'midnight'and'3:00'a.m.''I'was'harassed'and'threatened'by'one'of'their'drivers'
when'out'of'desperation'I'went'out'to'take'a'picture'of'this'activity'to'prove'to'that'they'were'in'fact'picking'up'
trash'at'three'in'the'morning.''The'company'had'denied'any'such'activity'until'I'sent'the'photos.'''''
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As'I'said'at'the'start,'I'consider'myself'to'be'open'to'the'idea'of'change,'but'that'change'shouldn’t'come'at'the'price'
of'the'health,'safety'and'well'being'of'the'community'that'continues'to'call'a'place'home.''My'calls'to'311'were'a'
waste'of'time..,'sometimes'I'was'transferred,'or'told'to'take'it'up'with'another'city'dept.''Frankly,'it'was'all'falling'on'
deaf'ears.''I'wound'up'taking'sleeping'pills'every'night'simply'to'improve'my'chances'at'falling'back'to'sleep'each'
time'I'was'awakened.''My'health'and'sanity'and'that'of'all'the'people'who'call'this'neighborhood'home,'shouldn’t'
be'made'to'suffer…'FOR'YEARS…'because'a'developer'is'trying'to'keep'a'schedule'or'save'a'buck.'
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I'don’t'hate'the'Barclay’s'Center,'but'The'Atlantic'Yards'project'thus'far'has'been'a'stellar'example'of'how'to'turn'a'
blind'eye'to'broken'commitments'and'perpetuating'misery'day'in'and'day'out'in'order'to'line'the'pockets'of'
moguls,'politicians'and'developers.''The'City'and'the'people'behind'this'should'be'ashamed'of'themselves,'and'the'
City'should'be'working'with'the'community'to'create'a'new'vision'for'Prospect'Heights'if'one'is'truly'needed.'''
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Last'Night,'at'3:00'a.m.'a'truck'with'a'very'loud'engine'and'very'loud'brakes'rolled'down'Carlton'Avenue'stopping'
at'the'light'on'Pacific.''This'has'been'happening'with'increasing'frequency'over'the'past'few'months.''I'got'up'and'
looked'out'to'see'that'it'was'carrying'enormous'plate'glass'windows.''I'can'only'presume'that'it'was'going'to'the'
new'construction'complex'next'to'Barclay’s,'using'our'residential'streets'to'get'there.''
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Turning'this'neighborhood'into'an'ongoing'construction'site'for'the'next'25'(or'even'10)'years'is'outrageous.''The'
Empire'State'Building'was'built'in'less'than'18'months.''This'is'an'immense'disservice'to'the'community,'it'will'tear'
the'heart'out'of'this'neighborhood'and'I’m'not'convinced'at'all,'that'even'in'the'long'run,'any'of'this'is'for'the'
greater'good.'
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Douglas'A.'Lopenzina'
Carlton'Avenue'
Brooklyn,'NY'11238'

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