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honking and urban noise do not bother me in the least. i live almost in the shadow of the #6 where it's elevated, between busy bruckner blvd and westchester ave., a block from a big supermarket that receives deliveries from monster lorrries that back up from the side street next to our first floor windows. am pleased to live in a congested area where most of what i need on a daily basis is available so close to home.
I don't drive in NYC, BUT I live in an apt. near a stop light. You would not believe the constant honking I have to listen to (even with the window down). There are also a few "gypsy" cabs that constantly honk to get the attention of pedistrians, hoping they can get a fare. But it also drives me crazy when, every Sunday at 9:30AM, a car pulls up outside to take my downstairs neighbor to church. The driver constantly honks to let the neighbor know her ride has arrived. Doesn't the driver have a cell phone? Can she call to let the woman in the apt. below me know she has arrived? I've tried complaining, but they don't speak English. I've noticed that NYC gives lip service to quality of life issues, but when it comes to actually acting to improve quality of life, nothing gets done.
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