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Juice group makes too much noise: resident

LIC company ‘ruining quality of life’

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

Larry Lembo, a resident of Cambridge Houses in Long Island City, is sick and tired of the noise his neighbor makes.

“This juicing company does juice extraction almost 24 hours a day as it causes so much noise, not just during the day but really late at night and really early in the morning,” he said at the Community Board 2 meeting last Thursday.

According to Lembo, the noise is a result of small pickup trucks sliding, dropping and moving trash bins, Dumpsters and other heavy metal containers.

Blueprint, a juice company that ships health juices around the country, has grown in popularity with the “juice cleanse” movement where customers consume the extract of fruits and vegetables in juice form.

Blueprint’s factory is on 38th Street in Long Island City, exactly behind Lembo’s apartment located on 37th Street.

“They make no effort to quieting it,” Lembo said. “I have no problem with people doing business here but when the buildings that are behind you are all residential, there needs to be some courtesy.”

Lembo added that in the spring and summer, residents can’t even open their windows without swarms of mosquitoes, fruit flies and other insects flying into their homes.

“It has become a nightmare,” he said.

“This place has been a problem for a few people in the past,” one board member said during Lembo’s testimony. “Companies really need to be aware when they open in a residential area.”

Lembo said he has tried a number of times to reach out to the workers and managers of the facility to see if there was any way to make life easier for the surrounding residents.

According to him, they acknowledged his concerns and said they would look into it but no action has ever been taken.

Blueprint, headquartered in California, would not comment on the matter and could not say if it had received more than one complaint from residents in Long Island City.

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