The actress owns a multi-million dollar property in the Big Apple's West Village and has hired contractors to carry out a series of renovations.
But the building work has infuriated other residents - who have complained about the ongoing noise.
One disgruntled neighbour tells the New York Daily News, "They start construction at six am every morning, and people are outraged.
"This has been going on for months, and people in surrounding buildings are threatening their property managers that they'll move out if it doesn't stop."
Another resident adds, "It's a pretty close-knit environment around here, and it's always nice to see a famous face. Now people definitely have strong feelings about Brooke disrupting the normally peaceful atmosphere."
But a spokesperson for Shields has confirmed the actress and her husband Chris Henchy have a legal permit for the building work, and are sorry for all the disruption.
The representative says, "(The work is) up to code every step of the way. They truly apologise about the noise or any inconvenience and hope more than anybody to have it finished as soon as possible."