Numerous neighborhoods in the northeast section in the borough contend with landing airplanes that are noisy and fly too close to the buldings, according to area residents who have asked the FAA to help.
By Jennifer H. Cunningham / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:01 PM
Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News – A man watches as a jet flies in low on approach to LaGuardia Airport.
Fed up northeast Bronx residents said they’ve had it with low-flying planes hovering over their neighborhoods.
They complain that more and more airplanes are using skies over the largely residential portion of the borough as a means of getting to LaGuardia Airport.
“I had a plane come down so low, I could see the people looking out the window,” said Richard Pavlica, who lives in the Country Club section of the borough
At least six planes an hour make their final descent over several other neighborhoods including City Island, Pelham Bay, Co-op City, Throgs Neck, Ferry Point and Schuylerville, John Marano, chairman of Community Board 10, wrote Carmine Gallo, the FAA’s eastern region regional director, in a letter earlier this month.
“Whatever the size of the plane, they seem to be louder and louder,” Marano wrote. “The residents of the above communities are treated to screeching jet engines, as the pilots throttle back on the power, often flying so low that one can not only read the name of the airline, but nomenclature number on its fuselage and see the cabin windows.”
Marano urged the FAA to install noise meters and reroute planes over waterways like the East River, or nonresidential areas like Pelham Bay Park and St. Raymond’s Cemetery. He encouraged the FAA to monitor and analyze the number of planes flying over the neighborhoods in order to create less intrusive alternatives.
“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a long history of working with community groups on aircraft noise issues in the neighborhoods around the New York airports,” FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said, adding the agency “will work with Community Board 10 to address local concerns.”
Residents vented their frustration with the airplanes at last week’s Community Board 10 meeting.
Julian Misiurski said the planes overhead leave a layer of soot on his car. He questioned the health and economic impact was from the noise and air pollution.
“It’s really devaluing the value of our property, and it’s simply not right,” he said.
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Marcia Pavlica, president of the Country Club Civic Association, said she met with the FAA last year, but those discussions never got off he ground.
“I think the community, and the community board waited long enough,” Pavlica said. “It’s been a year. It’s high time.”
A Port Authority spokesman said the agency was looking into putting a noise monitoring station — which records the levels of airplane engines’ roars — near Monsignor Scanlan High School on Hutchinson River Parkway.
Rep. Joseph Crowley, whose constituency includes the affected areas of the Bronx and Queens, said he’s well aware of the health risks and quality of life problems the low flying planes pose.
“LaGuardia is never going to be a perfect neighbor,” Crowley said, “we just want it to be a better neighbor.”
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