With New York City grinding to a halt aside from “essential” activities, most construction has stopped. But several projects in the neighborhood are up and running. Several readers have reached out to us to complain that hours of construction noise can make it hard for families to shelter in place and for kids to do remote learning from home. And on some sites, the workers don’t appear to be wearing additional protective equipment to keep them from getting Covid-19. Some workers have expressed concern that they’re being put in danger.
The projects that are still going had to get special permission from the state, and a new map shows the stated reasons they got permission. They include affordable housing, hospital and health care construction, utility projects, homeless shelters and a category called “emergency.” In the emergency category are 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the controversial site on 69th Street, and 145 West 108th Street, a senior housing development. (At 200 Amsterdam, a spokesperson had said last week that they were just completing the process of shutting the site down.)