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GrowNYC Annual Report 2012 | Noise


15768075_mlGrowNYC knows that pollution isn’t just air and water: it’s also noise. Although many of the noise calls to 311 are directed to city agencies for action, more and more people are seeking out assistance from GrowNYC.org and our resident noise expert Dr. Arline Bronzaft, who responds to New Yorkers seeking help with neighbor noises, not generally covered by the city’s Noise Code. While New Yorkers attempt to cope with the daily assault of noises in their city, and these too should be lessened, they expect their homes to be reasonably quiet. Noise issues are many and include overhead aircrafts, Brooklyn Bridge construction, neighboring night clubs, etc.

That noise is drawing more attention is evidenced by the articles and chapters Dr. Bronzaft has written this past year including her contributions to the book Why Noise Matters (Earthscan, 2011), which she worked on with four UK coauthors.

New York City’s Revised Noise Code establishes a more flexible, yet enforceable, Noise Code, that responds to the need for peace and quiet while maintaining New York’s reputation as an exciting, vibrant city with a rich nightlife.

Noise complaints are the number one
“Quality of Life Issue” according to the
City’s 311 hotline.


Protect Yourself and Your Family From Dangers of Noise

• Wear earplugs in noisy places, e.g workplace, sports arenas, engaging in sports such as auto racing and speed boating, and while riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, and motor scooters.
• Sound-treat your home: Use heavy curtains on the windows, acoustical tile on the ceilings and walls, rugs on the floors, and caulk and seal all air leaks to reduce the noise coming in from the outside.
• Turn down the volume of radios, stereos, and iPods.
• Purchase the least noisy air conditioners and appliances for your homes and keep them in good repair.
• Create a demand for quieter appliances such as hair dryers.
• Protect your children from noise: avoid noisy places, but when you can’t, cover your child’s ears in these places; don’t buy noisy toys.
• Tell your teenagers about the hazards of noise, such as loud video arcades, concerts, and headphones.

Click HERE to learn more about Noise.