Making life in NYC less noisy

Photo credit: Ketut Subiyanto

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The Gothamist has an excellent article about noise in New York City, quoting our noise colleague Arline Bronzaft. As reporter writes, “just because the city never sleeps doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.” Gonella makes the point that noise isn’t just a nuisance, but it’s also harmful. That’s important to understand.

Among the things she suggests to quiet a NYC home are carpeting, heavy drapes and white noise. Gonella cites Bronzaft in discussing the New York City Noise Code, and what rights it gives to homeowners and tenants. Finally, she mentions that keeping music and TV volumes at reasonable volumes, not honking the horn if one is driving and respecting a building’s quiet hours are all good steps toward creating a more peaceful city.

All in all, it’s a nice article that quotes our noise colleague. And, it has “sound advice” about sound!

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