Friday, February 19, 2016

Do you have any opinions about noise in the East Village?


[Smurf #woo circa 2010]

Then have we got a survey for you! (And you!)

Via the EVG inbox...

Dear New Yorkers:

The New York State Comptroller's Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods and would like you to take the survey.

Research has demonstrated that noise can adversely impact public health. For example, noise can disturb sleep and increase stress levels.

We want to learn about your experience of noise in your community and solicit your ideas for reducing noise.

Toward that end, we are asking all community residents take the survey by March 15, 2016.

Thank you!

State Government Accountability
New York State Comptroller's Office

You may access the English version of the survey here. (The survey is also available in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.)

P.S.

Remember! If you don't like noise, then move to _______________

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Done. Finally get to complain about NYPD supposedly checking on the reported rooftop/backyard ragers 6 hours later and finding no problem. Also, 9th pct needs to get off their asses and ticket people (incl cabbies) who flood this neighborhood in their vehicles on Fri/Sat nights. Their petulant honking, blocking the box, and illegal parking makes "party" nights so much worse for residents than they need to be. I'm not a driver myself, but mention blocking the box and illegal parking because that seems to elicit even more honking from other drivers.

olympiasepiriot said...

Done.

NYGRUMP said...

Thanks for the link! Done!

KEY WORDS for the OTHER sections: RESTAURANT EXHAUST MOTORS, REFRIGERATOR COMPRESSORS,

Anonymous said...

Anyone who answers this is going to have a strong opinion in the negative or they wouldn't be incentivized to respond. Not a good representation of actual feelings within the neighborhood.

Gojira said...

Done. But why they felt it necessary to know how long I've lived here *to the month* before allowing me to continue makes me wonder how serious they really are.

Anonymous said...

I did it. For the final answer, I checked "No sounds are noise."

Anonymous said...

Just finished taking the survey and I encourage everyone that reads this blog to do the same. The city is listening and here is your chance to be heard. Please mention the over saturation of drinking establishments and remind them that this is a residential neighborhood and the increase in noise has continued to worsen as we become a nightlife destination and not much more.

bllue glass said...

done only to add my number to people that respond. that is probably all they'll look at anyhow.

all they need to do is drive around in a car with open windows, mot talk, just listen - maybe park on a few "active" blocks for a little while, say a saturday night on almost any block.

surveys are a way to do nothing and advertise your wonderful efforts and this is an inadequate survey.

Anonymous said...

I will take the survey but right now all I can hear is EV Radio through my headphones as I wait for EV Grieve to arrive at 10 am! ;-)

Michael Ivan said...

Just finished, highlighted Saturday construction being the worst thing ever. One day of unadulterated sleep a week is heinous over multiple years of a project.

Anonymous said...

I took the survey. Noise is a big problem, and it has gotten much worse since the 80s, when cell phones and car alarms did not exist.
(The inventor of the car alarm s/b executed.)
Cars with loud radios are an occasional problem. Sirens are a daily problem. Probably three or four times a day emergency vehicles race down 6th Street. (Glad I don't live on the corner of 6th and 1st Ave. or Aves. A, etc. because those folks get hit from the street and the ave. so they have sirens going by probably five or six times daily.)
Barking dogs are obnoxious but are not so bad during the winter.
Helicopters used to be a big problem, but haven't been so bad the last two years or so. (The NYPD shouldn't waste taxpayer$ money on copters.)
Construction noise is sometimes a problem.

I am aware that some sorts of noise problems probably can't be mitigated (emergency vehicles, construction), but jerks driving down the street blaring their radios can certainly stop doing that, and dog owners can quiet their dogs.
Death to car alarms!

Bill, for peace and quiet

Anonymous said...

I recommend throwing eggs

Anonymous said...

Done. Otherwise "what Gojira said". Also, be aware that the first text entry field is limited to 200 characters (not words). The website only tells you though if you type more than 200 characters, so hold your breath and try just to tweet a bit about one of the big problems in out neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

If only everyone who lived in the EV filled it out.....we might just have a little quiet time between the hours of noon and 1 pm.

Anonymous said...

"Anyone who answers this is going to have a strong opinion in the negative or they wouldn't be incentivized to respond. Not a good representation of actual feelings within the neighborhood."

The city has some idea of how many people live in this neighborhood, using the number of negative survey participants they can figure out the percentage of the population being affected by noise.

Stats are really important to governments this is why we have a national census every 10 years. It is how a government can see the bigger picture and then allot funds and resources towards problems. For those too cynical to take this survey then you get the neighborhood you deserve.

Anonymous said...

Noise can disturb sleep and increase stress levels. Research, yo.

Anonymous said...

Long live SUPERDIVE !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll do this and be positive about my experience, though I suspect it's because I live on the 5th floor. It's always loud walking up through the second.
-somethingstructural

The Burner Lab said...

I disagree that the only people who will respond have negative comments. I often try to respond with a positive (or neutral) point of view so that it ISN'T just the negative comments.

cmarrtyy said...

Good idea if they actually do something. It all comes down to inspectors... the police and tickets. If you don't enforce noise problems and issue ticket$$$$$$$$, it'll be a waste.

NOTORIOUS said...

Gojira, I believe it was either years OR months, which it didn't make clear. I entered years only and it went through.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:56 PM.

Speaking of police, as I walked down 1st Ave. earlier today, a cop car turned left at 5th Street and ran through a red light. The cop pulled up in front of the cop station down the block. I have seen this numerous times. Cops somehow think they are above the law.

Anonymous said...

Done, and wasted a few mins of my life in doing so... Lol, do you really think this is going to do anything other than give everyone then false belief that something is going to change? Lol, ok then...

Anonymous said...

14.
Do you have any suggestions for reducing noise in your neighborhood?

Limit liquor licenses, and prohibit dining/drinking in rear yards, courtyards and sidewalks. Issue summonses for public intoxication.


My only concern about this is that Stringer will use it as a political tool to bash DiBloomberg and won't do anything once he is in office as he get's a lot of donations from the nightlife industry.

1:54 P.M. said...

Those Schtroumpfs do nothing but be boisterous in the EV and NYC. Go back to Belgium! When I become the POTUS, I'll build a wall to prevent them from coming here and have the government of Le Pays Maudit to pay for the wall.

Gojira said...

NOTORIOUS, I wasn't that lucky; I put in the number of years and hit "Next", and it highlighted the Months box and would not let me go on without filling it in. But perhaps it was simply a glitch that has since been corrected, quien sabe?

Gojira said...

Yep, I just checked, and they changed the question. This morning it was "How long have you lived in your neighborhood?", now it has been changed to "ABOUT how long have you lived in your neighborhood".

Anonymous said...

NYC seems to have the loudest and most frequent sirens in the world.

The constant horn-blowing at intersections and lights is another matter. Why no tickets and fines applied?

EastVillager said...

All it takes is one or a few inconsiderate individuals who think they have a license for noise to make life miserable for those who need to work for a living. Yes, research shows that noise can have a devastating impact on the quality of life and lead to stress and illness. Proper enforcement of noise codes is needed. It's insufficient when a 311 complaint at 10pm about a boisterous rooftop party is responded to only during the next morning at 7:30am when its all over. While the homeless get persecuted for turnstyle jumping at the subway, a bigger issue are the honking cars who seem to never get a ticket.

Anonymous said...

10:30 am. This is not going to be a random sample of residents so they wont be able to draw conclusions about the general population.

Anonymous said...

How are they going to enforce these low level violations when we live in a New York where paint in public is pushed into acceptance by the city council?

Anonymous said...

200 character limit? They're not serious about getting answers, then. Most of us could give 'em a dissertation-length document.

Anonymous said...

The funny thing is tonight I mentioned how quiet our block was and how the college kids must have a really long winter break. (did not mention that to survey)

Anonymous said...

Ah, the bane of my existence, the stupid Open House club on Houston between A and B.

They just blast their bass on Fri/Sat night. The worst is that the real loud thumping starts around 1am and goes until 4 or 5, right when I'm trying to fall asleep. Sometimes not even ear plugs help.

2:30am Saturday now, and the party is blasting. :(

Scuba Diva said...

Gojira said...

Done. But why they felt it necessary to know how long I've lived here *to the month* before allowing me to continue makes me wonder how serious they really are.

I agree with NOTORIOUS; it let me just fill the years box and then proceed.

And I've had the same problem time and time again that other people here have described: I text 311692 about a blowout party next door, and by the time the cops get around to investigating, it's 4 AM and the kids have all gone to bed.

Anonymous said...

The honking horns are the worst of the consistent noise of NYC. So many people become dark nasty shadows of themselves when behind the wheel; the false sense of anonymity and "empowerment" of maneuvering in a massive steel box must work as a disinhibitor of the worst kind. Such drivers lay into the horn at the slightest provocation, or for no provocation, or just out of impatience.

Enforce the laws against horn-blowing. The horn should only be used to warn of and avert a life-threatening situation, not to express impatience at pedestrians or generalized rage at the universe.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

Fresh Direct trucks are obscenely noisy and s/b banned from the streets of NYC.

I just sent an email to all the members of the NYC Council (who have email addresses on their websites) asking them to do this.

Bill

Anonymous said...

city wants to make sure it's not just *me*, and a few squeaky wheels. :-)

PS. those roof alarms, suppose to stop after 15 minutes.

for anyone who says "hey, it's the city ".. that's crap. the level of excessive noise is unacceptable.

Donnie Moder said...

Sirens, Sirens, Sirens. Anyway, I wish that windows were more soundproof where I live. I have never had good soundproof windows! That's what I get for living in no -luxury buildings all my life.

Anonymous said...

727 EAST 9TH STREET Backyard rangers starting now, all summer long, all night long, in the concrete bunker behind our dorm. Let's blast the neighbors to hell all over 9th & 10th street. Come by for shots and beer pong any night