From the Post:
Noise in 98 percent of Manhattan's public space exceeds healthy levels, says a study co-authored by Columbia University researchers to be released today. Honking cars or quarreling neighbors raise our stress, but background noise like truck traffic that New Yorkers take in stride may be even worse, said Robyn Gershon, a Columbia professor.
The study's being presented at the International Conference on Urban Health at the New York Academy of Medicine. Noisiest parks: Upper Manhattan, and in the East 70s, along the FDR.
But not even the vest-pocket parks that are supposed to be oases of quiet are really quiet, the researchers said. Paley Park, on East 53rd between Madison and Fifth; Tudor City Gardens in the East 40s; Greenacre Park on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues, and Jackson Square at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue all had at least 70 decibels of noise at some point during the day.