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Annual Report 2013 | Noise


15768075_ml Growing awareness and encouraging action, but NYC still needs to turn it down:
 In many ways New York City is a model of low environmental impact living. For example, our efficient use of space facilitates a more efficient use of resources, and a high rate of public transportation helps decrease automotive exhaust pollution. However, some of these same urban factors that make us a greener city, such as population density, sheer numbers, and subways, are also contributing to excessive noise. Even with an updated Noise Code passed in 2007, New Yorkers are still being exposed to far too many decibels.

The noise from airports and aircraft, construction sites, and inconsiderate neighbors all continue to vex New Yorkers and adversely impact our quality of life. This is why GrowNYC has devoted a portion of our website to providing New Yorkers assistance with noise problems. Dr. Arline Bronzaft, an environmental psychologist who helped draft the city’s noise code and our very own our noise expert, regularly fields calls and e-mails from those in need of her expert assistance. Dr. Bronzaft actively works to spread awareness of noise issues beyond just the five boroughs, and is asked to speak to groups around the country and conducts numerous media interviews. All of these efforts help GrowNYC to growing awareness of noise as a health hazard.

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.