Thursday, March 30, 2023

Noise annoys and kills

NY Daily News 

A string of deadly encounters that started with complaints over loud music or offensive noise highlights a growing problem across New York City: Complaints about noise have exploded since the pandemic.

Loud noise and music are common disturbances for New Yorkers — but the conflicts can turn deadly. At least four recent killings have been tied to disputes over noise, with the most recent episode involving a 27-year-old Bronx dad who was killed in a dispute over loud music with a neighbor last week.

The victim’s fiancée and mother of his two young children said they had made complaints to 311 and building management about the neighbor’s noise, but nothing changed. The couple had just put their 5-week-old infant to sleep when blasting loud music started to shake the walls of their apartment.

The victim got dressed, walked across the hall to confront the neighbor about the noise. As he walked away, the neighbor allegedly stabbed him in the back.

Tyquan Pleasant with his daughter Amiyah Pleasant.

There have been nearly 40,000 noise complaints called in to 311 this month, and roughly the same in the past few months, according to NYC Open Data. Noise complaints have boomed since the pandemic, with this year’s winter months seeing a roughly 40% rise in 311 noise complaints compared with the same time frame in 2019.

Arline Bronzaft, an environmental psychologist, said a variety of reasons may be to blame, including more time spent at home, working from home, outdoor dining, loud cars and helicopter noise.

“Noise can really drive people to be aggressive — have there been arguments? Yes. Are people pounding the ceilings until the noise comes down? Absolutely,” Bronzaft said.

“People react psychologically to sound that’s intrusive,” she said. “They get angry about the sound, they get upset. And then when you start showing those kinds of reactions, your heart beats faster, your pulse rate increases, circulation is altered.

“Psychologically, you’re stressed.”

“In New York City, neighbor noise is a serious problem, because we do have apartment buildings and people do live close to each other ... and things changed during COVID, when people started to work from home,” Bronzaft said.

Rachel Miller-Bradshaw, a board member of the Fordham Hill Owners Corp. and resident of City Council District 14, which logs among the highest numbers of 311 noise complaints in the city, said that she’s noticed more noise since the peak of COVID-19.

“It’s a major issue,” she said. “Every New Yorker, regardless of socioeconomic status or neighborhood you reside in, has a right to a serene living environment, at least outside of normal business hours, and after the pandemic things definitely did get worse.”

“It’s really declining the quality of life here,” Miller-Bradshaw added, noting that she knows people who’ve moved from the city because of noise.


Anonymous said...

Probably just a bunch of QAnon creeps and Trumpanzees crying over their God being "INDICATED".

Anonymous said...

Just a bunch of Guidos in their Camaros and giant sized pickup trucks doing what they were raised to do.

Anonymous said...

#TDS is real...

FreedomFries Fred said...

The communists are coming after our freedoms again.
We have the right to make whatever noise we want, whenever we want.

Anonymous said...

Sure is weird how every last one of these assaults is committed by the person blasting music, rather than the person being upset by the blasting music. You'd think it would be the other way around.

georgetheatheist said...

Silence IS Golden.

The nuns in the convent next to Highland Park relocated to Pennsylvania because of the racket.

Anonymous said...

Lots of noise from the Elon Musk Derangement Syndrome.

Meatball said...

Here in the “ Great Swamp” of Florida, we don’t have this issue. We don’t like the noise? We hitch our trailer and move on to the next swamp. End of problem.

Anonymous said...

Just cogenerate windmills as noise cancellation devices. They emit a noise that is orthogonal (out of phase) with the existing noise, hence cancel it out. I know you daygoes forgot everything they taught you in school because nona told you it was heretical, but this is simple trigonometry.

Anonymous said...

What about the noise from Kittara and her troll posts ?

Anonymous said...

The Great Swamp of Florida is full of nature not fake news !

FreedomFries Fred said...

@"Just cogenerate windmills as noise cancellation devices"
Take a hike to China with those communist ideas! Here in Merica we burn coal and oil.

NPC_translator said...

"Just a bunch of Guidos in their Camaros"

The 70s called. They want their stereotypes back.