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It turns out that when the #tamily worships, they don't do it so quietly. Page Six reports that the board at 408 Greenwich Street is suing the Tracy Anderson Studio because "the gym's loud noise and incessant vibrations" disturbs residents, with the "advanced sound system" enjoyed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, and Jennifer Lopez sometimes waking them as early as 5:45am.
The suit filed yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court alleged that "the vibrations are so extreme that they can be felt by occupants on the ninth floor of the building," which is the penthouse. A fourth floor resident whose apartment is directly above the studio is said to have it the worst, as the disruptions interfere with his "ability to work during the day and cause him to feel physically ill, anxious, frustrated, irritable and angry."
The board even hired an "acoustical expert" to give her opinion on the situation, and "in her over 30 years of experience, she has ‘never seen anything this extreme.'" It further alleged in the suit that the studio has "flatly refused" previous requests to lower the volume and that it doesn't even have the proper permits to hold classes here, already racking up two violations from the city.
Steven Beltrani responded to Page Six with the following statement: "We have been excellent anchor tenants for eight years at our space in Tribeca and continue to operate business as we always have. Today we are excited to share news that we are signing a lease for a new, larger Tribeca studio location just down the block. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks of our expansion plans."
Stay tuned for more updates as this progresses.