Sleeping while engines idle at the Long Island Rail Road’s yard in Bayside between 215th and 220th streets is not easy, some say.
“Our lives continue to be gravely affected by the Long Island Rail Road’s work yard, construction site junkyard and dump site,” neighborhood resident James Lollo said at last week’s Community Board 11 meeting.
“The stench” is so bad, he said, that it results in “eyes and sinuses irritated [and] throats sore.”
Lollo added that the LIRR officials responsible for the yard should be ashamed of themselves.
“I don’t know how they’re able to sleep at night,” he said.
Another Bayside resident irked by the idling engines also complained at the meeting.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski two days after the meeting calling his attention to the matter.
“Residents state that diesel trains are left idling for hours during the day and evening hours sometimes until 1:00 a.m.,” the lawmaker wrote. “This has caused several environmental concerns for residents who state that the noise is unbearable and they are unable to open their windows due to the fumes that come from trains idling in the yard.”
The MTA’s LIRR press office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.