Hotel Sues Over Noise At WTC Building Site

The Millenium Hilton sues for $8 million in damages over noise at the WTC site. The hotel listed the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties in the WTC noise lawsuit. They contend that the nearly-all-night construction across the street at Ground Zero is just too darn loud.

Never mind that touting the proximity to Ground Zero is part of the hotel’s marketing plan, and that the hotel is sold out solid for the 9/11 10-year anniversary weekend.

The construction is so loud, even some Ground Zero tourists can’t stand the 16 to 20 hours a day of banging and clanging — despite the hotel’s installation of 200 “white noise machines” and the complimentary earplugs that guests are offered upon check-in, the suit alleges.

The 569-unit, 55-story hotel “has lost hundreds of nights worth of business in a single month due to customers relocating after one night of enduring noise, including the blasting of rock, and physical vibrations resulting from the construction,” says the suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“It’s pretty noisy,” tourist Susan Tucker, 39, of Toronto, agreed today.

“I just checked in and I took note of how noisy it was right away,” she said. “I’m on the 42nd floor and I face the site. But I do have to say that I knew how close it was when I booked the hotel,” she conceded. So far, she said, she planned to stay — though she hadn’t tried sleeping there yet.

Over the past five years, the blasting, clanging, and rumbling across Church Street has routinely gone on past midnight, says the hotel’s new lawsuit, which targets the site’s owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the developer of Towers 2, 3 and 4, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

By: Michael Stevens
Published: Aug 6, 2021
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