NOISE IN THE 'HOOD
By Maggie Haberman / New York Post
July 10, 2007
Canarsie residents should stock up on earplugs.
The south Brooklyn area logged the most noise complaints with the city's 311 hot line both this past weekend and during the first week that the city's revamped noise code took effect, according to data released yesterday.
In fact, Brooklyn, had three ZIP codes in the Top 5, and helped round out the Top 10 list of noisiest neighborhoods for the weekend and for July 1 through Thursday.
The borough helped push the citywide total to 4,016 noise complaints made to 311 over the weekend - a 20 percent increase over the same two days last year.
The new code took effect July 1, and covers a wide range of sounds, from dogs barking to jackhammering construction crews to the din from bars and clubs to jingling Mister Softee trucks parked curbside.
In Canarsie, there were 115 complaints phoned in about noises in the neighborhood - ZIP code 11236 - on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to 161 from July 1 through Thursday, City Hall officials said yesterday. Figures for Friday weren't available yesterday.
Next on the list was Manhattan's Hamilton Heights, with 102 complaints.
The ZIP code, which covers the northern West Side of Manhattan, is 10031 - and it ranked third in complaints for the first five days the code was in effect, with 139.
East Flatbush in Brooklyn came in third for the weekend, with 83 calls in the 11203 ZIP code, while it tied for 10th, with 105 calls, during July 1st through Thursday.
For the weekend tally, East New York was fourth - 79 calls - while it was eighth last week, with 11 calls. Last weekend, The Bronx's Olinville also had 79, while Flatbush proper came in sixth, with 74 calls, and came in fifth last week, with 118. The 11233 ZIP code, which is between Crown Heights and Brownsville, was seventh for the weekend, with 72 calls, and ninth last week, with 106.
The Post recently reported that over the past four years, Hamilton Heights had the distinction of noisiest neighborhood, while Inwood and Washington Heights followed closely behind.
Officials at the NYPD and the Department of Environmental Protection did not respond to questions about how many summonses they've issued.
How do I make a noise complaint?
Several different agencies deal with noise, depending upon type. To complain about helicopter noise, call the Economic Development Corporation hotline at (212) 312-3964. If you have a different noise complaint, call 311. For more information on noise complaints, visit the Police Department's FAQ.NYC.gov and Other Resources:Police Department FAQ