From the Times Ledger:
Two months after starting a petition drive to deal with the noise of idling Long Island Rail Road locomotives, residents of some of the newer residential buildings in Long Island City are not getting any relief.
“I work at nights most of the time and the idling is so loud and unbearable during the day that I cannot get any rest,” resident Andrea Modica wrote on the online petition to the LIRR. “Also, when I come home in the early morning there is constant idling, making it hard to get to sleep. It is a residential area and this needs to stop.”
The century-old railyard is the terminus of the non-electrified Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Greenport lines because diesel locomotives are not allowed in the tunnels under Manhattan, much to the chagrin of residents of the 12-story, 132-unit condo tower One Hunters Point, which opened its doors at 549 Borden Ave. in late February just across the street.
Many of the 75 petition signatures came from residents of that building, though other signers said they lived in the Citylights building. There are now at least seven major residential developments either completed or under construction within three blocks of the railyard.
Did they think that after 100 years the railyard would just pick up and leave? Did they not notice it when they came to look at their luxury condo?
You folks now have something in common with residents of Maspeth & Glendale. Welcome to Queens, neighbors! Duane Reade sells earplugs.
Why don't you folks write to Amanda Burden and ask her where she developed her piss poor city planning skills. Who zones for high rises across the street from a diesel train yard?