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  • 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

    Does anyone else hear the noise in the 21st to 22nd St. courtyard area?
    When it's quiet (night time and early morning) it's become quite oppressive.

    It's intermittent and happens only when the weather gets cold.
    Sounds like:
    * air traffic
    * standing under a highway bridge

    A neighbor thinks it's the boiler room of 323 W 21st. St. and I agree.

    Has anyone complained?
    to whom?

    Who can we contact: 311, NYC Buildings Dept., NYC EPA, da Cops?

    Thanks for any feedback.
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  • #2
    Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

    It's not a police issue; best bet is probably 311 and they should be able to refer you to the proper agency.

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    • #3
      Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

      Originally posted by newsbuoy55 View Post
      Does anyone else hear the noise in the 21st to 22nd St. courtyard area?
      When it's quiet (night time and early morning) it's become quite oppressive.

      It's intermittent and happens only when the weather gets cold.
      Sounds like:
      * air traffic
      * standing under a highway bridge

      A neighbor thinks it's the boiler room of 323 W 21st. St. and I agree.
      My money's on 319.
      CD
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      • #4
        Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

        Thanks for the feedback. You may be right about 319 (21st). I think my super may live in 319 (?).

        Just to add to the description, it's like the echo from heavy machinery working on the surrounding streets. Hard to place because of the low frequency and the way it resonates in the space.

        For the record I'm a born and bred NY'r so I'm not easily bothered by street noise. This isn't street noise and just intrusive enough to be distracting.

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        • #5
          Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

          They are doing work on the roof of the school on 21st between 8 and 9. Because school is in session, it can only be done at night. There's your answer.

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          • #6
            Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

            It's a low frequency noise that it's sort of in the air all over 21st St., a throbbing RhOOM, RhOOM, RhOOM that is very hard to ignore. It predates the the PS11 construction and is unrelated to it. I am pretty sure the noise predates the replacement of the 317-319-321 boiler, but the boiler's in the middle building and I'm not. I have always associated the noise with machinery in or on that big building that they sort of glued behind 301 W. 21, on top of Gristedes.

            There also seems to be somebody running a loud fan or A/C (yes, in January) in my bedroom airshaft at 317.

            All of this is the sort of noise that once you hear it it's simply impossible not to.

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            • #7
              Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

              EKV is right.

              I've looked into the possibilities mentioned just to re-double check and it is only when I walk by 319 that I hear/feel the sound.

              I've called 311 and filed a complaint with the DOB.

              They will check it out within the next 5-7 days.

              Hope I haven't started something bad for the tenents there but the noise is interfering with my ability to concentrate on important projects.

              Happy New Year everyone!

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              • #8
                Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                Originally posted by psammead View Post
                They are doing work on the roof of the school on 21st between 8 and 9. Because school is in session, it can only be done at night. There's your answer.
                Not true.
                Once the scaffold was installed there has been little or no activity after dark.

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                • #9
                  Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                  FYI:

                  Re: CALLER STS THE BOILER MAKES A LOUD HUMMING SOUND EVERY10 MINS WHEN THE BOILER GOES ON/OFFX

                  Category Code: 58 BOILER - DEFECTIVE / INOPERATIVE / NO PERMIT

                  DOB District: N/A
                  Special District:

                  Assigned To: BOILER DIVISION Priority: B
                  Received: 01/13/2009 16:38 Block: 745 Lot: 24 Community Board: 104
                  Owner: 317-321 W 21ST ST ASSOC

                  Last Inspection: - -- NONE --
                  Disposition: -
                  Disposition Entered By:
                  Job Number:

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                  • #10
                    Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                    Can anyone make sense of this?:

                    NYC Department of Buildings
                    Overview for Complaint #:1246409 = RESOLVED
                    Complaint at: 319 WEST 21 STREET BIN: 1013299 Borough: MANHATTAN ZIP: 10011
                    Re: CALLER STS THE BOILER MAKES A LOUD HUMMING SOUND EVERY10 MINS WHEN THE BOILER GOES ON/OFFX

                    Category Code: 58 BOILER - DEFECTIVE / INOPERATIVE / NO PERMIT

                    DOB District: N/A
                    Special District:

                    Assigned To: BOILER DIVISION Priority: B
                    Received: 01/13/2009 16:38 Block: 745 Lot: 24 Community Board: 104
                    Owner: 317-321 W 21ST ST ASSOC

                    Last Inspection: 01/22/2009 - - BY BADGE # 9DRX
                    Disposition: 02/09/2009 - - XX - ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURE
                    Disposition Entered By: SJN 02/09/2009 11:19:33
                    Job Number:
                    Comments: ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURE. 1 FAMILY RESIDENCE. COMPLAINT NOTIFICATION LETTER SENT

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                    • #11
                      Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                      Update: Still hear the humming whenever it gets cold at night. No doubt that it's the boiler making the noise.

                      Only solution seems to be singing along. Gregorian chants work well.

                      Newsbuoy

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                      • #12
                        Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                        You know, I was in the back yard with the super only a few days ago and it kicked on while I was there. It was like a great roaring beast, it was. You are quite right, and you have my sympathy.

                        That's the "new" furnace, too.

                        EKV

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                        • #13
                          Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                          By the way, it is indeed the roaring boiler of 319 West 21st Street, which is quite operative, and heats 317-319-321. What ever came of your complaint, was it ever followed up on?

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                          • #14
                            Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                            Yes, you can see the official notice on the first page of this thread.

                            "ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURE"

                            Is that like, flashing some Benjamin's?

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                            • #15
                              Re: 21-22 St. Courtyard Noise From 323 Boiler room?

                              Humph. I suppose it's a closure on paper only because they don't want us to freeze to death. But sending a notification? That seems a bit inadequate. You'd think there would be a next step in the course of a year or two.

                              But not another word out of me. We've had summers short of hot water before.

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