Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bronx neighborhoods make loudest list

December 11, 12:22 pm

NYC noise complaints rise

Hamilton Heights, Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant and Flatbush are the three loudest neighborhoods in the city, according to complaints filed with the city's 311 Citizen Service Center. The Bronx's Williamsbridge and Wakefield sections were fourth on the list, with nearly 2,000 complaints made from July to November of 2007. The city received 135,589 complaints in the same period, a 13 percent increase from last year. Residents blame house parties that charge illegal admission and alcohol fees. more [NYDN]
Bronx neighborhoods make loudest list
Tuesday, December 11th 2007, 4:00 AM

Stop all that racket, Williamsbridge and Wakefield!

Those northern Bronx neighborhoods are some of the loudest places in the five boroughs, according to callers complaining to the city's 311 system.

Community Board 12 had the fourth-highest number of noise complaints of all neighborhoods in the city, with almost 2,000 from July to Nov. 20 of this year, according to the 311 Citizen Service Center.

The only places with more noise complaints are Hamilton Heights in Manhattan, followed by Flatbush, then Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

"That doesn't surprise me," said Carmen Rosa, district manager of Community Board 12. "The first major problem is, during the summer and spring, we have massive construction that has been going on throughout our district. Huge trucks and machines, even on Sundays, are working without a proper permit.

"The other is noise from parties. We were seeing an influx of backyard house parties. People are charging admission and selling liquor, which is illegal."

Noisy neighbors are the top offenders for high volume citywide, according to 311 complaints.
Mary Lauro of Matilda Ave. said she personally made about seven complaints this year and, as president of the Wakefield Taxpayers Association, assisted dozens of others who called her to complain about noisy parties.

"In the past, people would have garden parties with guitars, maybe the radio going. Sometimes you would open your window to let the guitar or whatnot come in, but now your whole house shakes," she said. "You can hear it from down and up the block and around the corner."

Lauro said the proliferation of amplifiers and hired deejays for house parties turns her neighborhood into a club zone on Friday and Saturday nights and that runs until late Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Lauro said she believes that new arrivals from the Caribbean, accustomed to blasting music in their old countries, have carried the tradition on here.

Rosa attributes the noise more to youth than cultural differences.

"You have a changing of the guard so to speak. You have a younger population," she said. "The difference is what they believe is music and what is reasonable noise. It is not easy to get adjusted to if you are not used to it."

Rosa praised the 47th Precinct for tracking street flyers and ads to identify house and bar parties before they get too loud, but she said the low police staffing numbers makes it difficult.
Citywide, noise is the No. 1 complaint to the 311 system. From July to Nov. 20, the city received a total of 135,589 complaints, a 13% increase over the same period last year.
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3 comments so far. Add your comment below!.

ny rikan guy Dec 12, 2007 2:59:33 AM if you want to blame the carribean for the noise then blame the guiknees for the mob, blame the spanish for missing hubcaps and blame the blacks for waiting for a black out to steal from the stores and loot....
ChrisDesDav3 Dec 13, 2007 8:57:38 AM (ny rikan guy) I'm a Nueyorican, I'm 27 year olds, live in the Bronx, AND I DON'T PLAY RIDICOLOUS MUSIC AND DISTURB OTHERS. WHY??? I'ts because I have consideration and RESPECT!!! There have been plenty of times when I've thrown parties in my home for my children for birthday parties, a housewarming, boxing fights, or just to have a good time! What's the difference? I tell my neighbors, tell the time it's going to end, invite them, and/or cut it at a decent time, and NO, I DON'T NEED THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD LISTENING TO MY MUSIC, the party is in my home, not the block!!!! Get real, we're from the Caribbean and quite frankly, DON'T FRONT! OUR PEOPLE (CARRIBEAN) love music, and yes we like it loud. Who could blame us?! Our music is great, rich, and has so much emotion into it... it's defenitely real music, BUT, BUT, in NY, unlike the Carribeean, we have code of conduct laws regarding noise AND WE STICK to it b/c unlike Puerto Rico, for example, who refuse to pay taxes and wonder

ChrisDesDav3 Dec 13, 2007 9:01:31 AM continued... and wonder why there are corrupt and have an overwelming murder and drug rate... so why should they care. In NY, however, we DO pay taxes, insane rent/mortgages, and other out of control bills... so now we can't complain about noise?? WE will continue to complain until neighbors respect the lifestyle of hard working, tax paying citizens!!!! We will take advantage of our code of conduct laws regarding noise! Don't like it or feel offended.. you can always go back to PR and live the way you want there and play OUR music all day long and No ONE will tell you anything!

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