Generators bring fumes, noise to post-Sandy Lower Manhattan

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It’s getting a bit steamy on the corner of Broad and Beaver Street in Lower Manhattan. The fumes and noise are causing some major health concerns according to those who live near the massive power generating trailers, like Barry Rosenthal, who says he isn’t sure he can take much more of the frustration as he’s forced to breath in toxic fumes inside his apartment on 26 Beaver Street.  He also has to listen to the gas guzzlers chugging 24/7.

“I had to evacuate and now that I’m back here I have the smell of Diesel in my room,” Rosenthal said. “I understand people need to get back to work, but this (commercial) building is mostly empty at night, so why is it 24/7 that these generators are running?”

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Fumes and noise from generators running 24 hours per day are a reality for post-Sandy Lower Manhattan residents

Nearly 50 buildings in Lower Manhattan have been without power since Sandy. Even people working and relying on the manufactured power say having the over-sized trailers here is difficult.

“I’ve been down here since 9/11 and this is actually worse to get all the buildings back up and going because everyone needs the same resources,” one worker said.

City Council workers are pushing the Department of Environmental Conservation to clean things up and make sure the air is safe to breath, but Barry says he was told it could take more than six months to do so.

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