It is quite literally the city that never sleeps for residents of Westminster in the East Village.
Tenants filed complaints over noisy air conditioner and refrigerator units that cool the 7-11 convenience store on Avenue A.
They told CBS 2 that they haven’t been able to rest at night since the store opened last year.
“For too many months, Westminster’s concerns about 7-11’s noisy units fell on deaf ears. We completely agree with local residents – the units installed and owned by 7-11 need to be moved, and we’re working to make sure it happens,” a spokesman for Westminster management said.
The store has received violations from the city along with a cease and desist order, but still residents toss and turn.
“It sounds like, in some apartments, you’re living in a wind tunnel,” said state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan.)
“We’ve had to move out of our bedrooms on the third floor, as well as the first floor, in order to be free of the noise,” another tenant added.
In a statement, 7-11 said that it has been working with the landlord of the property to resolve the issue.
The landlord was scheduled to appear at a hearing of the environmental control board to present a plan for relocating the refrigeration units.
The landlord did not have a comment on Monday night.
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