Loud City Map

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 04:02 PM

from thetruthabout on flickr

from thetruthabout on flickr


Do you wince every time a squealing train pulls into the station? On the Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, January 11th, we talked about noise in the city and hearing loss.

Check out the map below for the noisiest places our listeners have identified in New York City. Click the map on the sound icon to read about the noisy spot.

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Did we miss a spot? Post your suggestions in the comments section below, and we’ll add it to the map!

Also, many of you wrote or called in with places that are hard to map. Here's a sample:

Celia from Staten Island says: Our 10-year old public school has DJs come in and do dances for the kids. Parents stand next to each other and literally scream at the tops of our voices, and we can’t’ hear each other. I’ve asked DJs to lower the volume. The principals are there, the teachers are there. You know, everyone is young.

Jason from Manhattan writes: What about the deafening pneumatic sound city buses make when lowering at stops? It gets me every time. Also, the jackhammers during summer construction are terrible. I wear noise cancelling earplug headphones on the train to enjoy music and always plug my ears with my fingers when trains roll in the station. I always carry a set of earplugs so I'm prepared for bars, concerts, or sudden unplanned noise exposure.

Carola from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn writes: The worst for me are trucks and emergency vehicle sirens, which are everywhere. Can't something be done about truck engines, and do the sirens really have to be _that_ loud?

Eduardo from Facebook writes: Any NYC street at 1, 2, & 3 in the morning, when 1) municipal garbage, 2) recyclables and/or 3) restaurant garbage are being picked up by the loudest trucks in the world. Not sure why this fair city hasn't learned to consolidate a) pick-up times & b) pick-up spots around commercial corners, instead of each truck stopping every 5 feet or so .... Fuel would be saved, and stress & fatigue levels would decrease so much if this was done! It's really hard to sleep if you're (otherwise) lucky to have a street-facing window...

Pauline from Facebook writes: Any restaurant with a screaming baby. I used to have one... A screaming baby, that is... Their screams can reach 110 decibels, so I'm told, and it sure feels like it.

Cesar from NYC writes: any laws enforcing sound limits in music clubs and concerts??? if there is a smoke ban there should also be a control on the sound limits being blasted on some venues!!


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Comments [4]

Brian in Stuy Town

The intersection of 1st Ave and 14th St. Between the fire trucks coming and going from the nearby 14th st firehouse, the ambulances coming and going from Beth Israel, the 14th st buses, and the constant car horns resulting from all the cars trying to turn left onto 1st through the heavy pedestrian traffic, I worry that this corner alone is damaging my hearing.

Jan. 12 2010 08:21 PM

The east entrance of the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City with it's 8 lanes of traffic underneath multiple elevated train lines makes it a requirement to halt all conversation, duck your head and run between the North and South side of Queens Plaza. I'm sure this hinders foot traffic between P.S. 1 and some of the other art institutions north of the bridge.

Jan. 12 2010 06:44 PM

Nassau Ave. between Leonard and Eckford streets Brooklyn, Greenpoint) is one of the loudest in that neighborhood. As my bedroom faced this side of the two way street I didn't have a quiet night of sleep for ten years living there. I'd like to thank the young people who picked the bus stop as the perfect place to park a car and hang out while blasting something resembling music but the speakers aren't powerful enough to handle the volume. I'd like to thank the huge trailer trucks that have taken this street as the perfect place for rest stop as their engines idle and the lid of the exhaust claps and bounces and makes beats and rythms against the metal pipe in the middle of the night. I would like to thank the sanitation's schedule of picking up garbage on my block. Without them I wouldn't know its 4:30 in the morning. And last but not least. Thank you for the newly installed traffic lights. What would a morning afternoon and evening be without the orchestra of the car horns, a true musical genius!

Jan. 12 2010 04:58 PM
Jody from the Far West Side (NJ)

Wow, the East Side looks REALLY QUIET according to this map . . .

Jan. 12 2010 04:36 PM

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