From the Daily News:
A Rego Park man is dreading the start of allergy season, but it's not the pollen or ragweed that torments Kang Yuen, a 63-year-old real estate agent.
It's the noise from the massive heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system perched above his neighbor's home.
"It's so loud, we can't sleep," said Yuen, who lives with his wife and two children in the rowhouse.
But neighbor Leonard Shirman said his family needs the system to properly ventilate the house and ease his asthma.
"We have five people living in this house and we would like to keep different zones at different temperatures," said Shirman, a businessman, who dismissed Yuen's noise complaints. "It's not a commercial unit. It's a regular unit."
Buildings Department inspections have not given Yuen any relief. After some initial violations, city officials said the unit conforms to building codes.
Yuen's case highlights a citywide issue of the Buildings Department sometimes sanctioning construction plans that it originally deemed problematic.