Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reader mailbag: Can you help ID that high-pitched screeching noise?

From the EV Grieve Reader Mailbag®:

Wondering if you can help identify the source of a high-pitched screeching noise coming from somewhere between East 10th and East 9th Street (back of the buildings) and First Avenue and Avenue A (seems closer to A).

A fan? An exhaust of some kind? Suri Cruise's tea kettle (is she even in the EV anymore)? [Editor's note: No]

It sounds like 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh'

It's on for like 1 or 2 days a week for many hours at a time.

I'm trying to pinpoint the source to report the issue to 311, contact the source (or consider an unconventional approach if that becomes necessary).

Anyone? Anyone with a serious response/solution?


Anonymous said...

I'm at 435 East 9th and I agree with the exhaust fan assumption. It just turned off for, I think, the first time since yesterday evening. It reminds me of the outdoor units for central A/C set-ups. I've stuck my head into the alley to try and see the source, but nothing.

shmnyc said...

Ha! I haven't heard high-pitched sounds in decades!

Anonymous said...

Happening right now. Anyone know where this is coming from? It's just awful.

richardw said...

My smartphone has an application which acts like a spectrum analyzer. It will sample sounds using its microphone, do and FFT and plot frequency and amplitude. Using this I am able to pinpoint a high pitch noise in my office to a particular power supply which I'm now getting rid of.

Anonymous said...

This non-stop high pitched sound started up again two nights ago and has not stopped since. Anyone between East 9th street and East 10th street BTW 1st Ave and Ave A (back of the bulidings) know the source of this madness inducing wailing? (no nyu or woo hoo jokes please - sadly, this is a 'quality of life' related noise request)
311 has been of no help so far so I'd like to track down the source myself with the help of fellow Grievers.