New Yorkers suffer from excessive noise

Craig Boruchov, a resident of Kips Bay for more than 20 years, says that since the pandemic and especially this summer, noise levels are the worst they’ve ever been.

“It can be noisy at times, because now you can hear sirens,” Boruchov said. “You can’t really open your windows.”


What do you want to know

  • The NYPD recently confiscated speakers from various neighborhoods
  • Experts say exposure to loud noise is bad for both stress levels and health
  • Dr Arline Bronzaft says these loud sounds can lead to issues like cardiovascular issues, lack of sleep and anxiety
  • Kips Bay resident Craig Boruchov says noise in his neighborhood this summer is the worst in 20 years

He doesn’t plan to move, but he says working from home is a challenge.

“It’s gotten to the point where I’m going to have to create a quiet office in a cafe if I want to work,” Boruchov said.

Boruchov said he was fed up with the noise. He mentioned that sometimes he had no choice but to leave town.

“We all live here. This is something we have to remember,” Boruchov said.

The city‘s Department of Health reports that nearly one in six adults in New York suffers from ringing in the ears or hearing loss.

Experts say loud noises are more than just an annoyance. Exposure to loud noise is bad for both stress levels and health.

Dr. Arline Bronzaft said these loud sounds can lead to issues such as cardiovascular problems, lack of sleep and anxiety.

“Even if you haven’t demonstrated cardiovascular problems, which you could, living near a constant source of noise. Noise decreases your quality of life,” Bronzaft said.

The NYPD confiscated speakers from multiple precincts this month. According to the police, the owners must pay a summons before recovering their property.

Queens Council member Robert Holden introduced legislation on ways to reduce noise levels. He said people who stream their music from a vehicle or personal audio device will suffer the consequences.

“If you do that, the new penalties will range from $200 to $2,100 depending on the number of violations over a two-year period,” Holden said.

“Tell your elected officials, go to community council meetings, to the police department, get involved, make this a problem, don’t give up,” Holden told people exposed to excessive noise.

New Yorkers can also call or file a complaint online with 311.

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