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Brooklyn Bridge Park Blocks BQE Noise with Manmade Hill

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Despite its magnificent views, Brooklyn Bridge Park isn't really known for its peace and quiet, but that's starting to change now that officials have unveiled the park's first "sound-attenuating" hill, a barrier made of earth designed to diminish noise pollution.

Adjacent to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the park once boasted noise levels of 75 decibels from cars driving by, roughly equivalent to standing right next to a lawnmower. However, with the 30-foot high barrier located at Piers 3 and 4 near Clark Street, that level has dipped to 68 decibels—a noticeable improvement, according to spokeswoman Maureen Lynch.

Construction of the hill began in January and consists of 50,000 cubic yards of crushed stone excavated during the MTA's East Side Access project, and there are plans to extend the hill the length of Furman Street, from Pier 5 up to Pier 2.

· "Brooklyn Bridge Park Adds 30-Foot Hill to Block BQE Noise" [DNAinfo]
· All Brooklyn Bridge Park coverage [Curbed]

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 6

Pier 6, Brooklyn, NY 11201