Thursday, May 23, 2019


EVG reader Daniel Lipton shared these photos from over at 326 E. Sixth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue, where there are Urban Etiquette Signs on the door at Izakaya... with a reminder about shutting about the restaurant ventilation system overnight (a common complain in buildings with restaurant tenants) ...


Anonymous said...

I had this experience as I lived above the back of a Chinese restaurant in London - not only was it so loud but the smell was so strong. I had to spend months on the phone to the city to get it cleaned and switched off overnight. I put a notice up in my building to let tenants know as I assumed they were experiencing the same issues as me and the people in my building were offended that I let them know, rather than pleased that the problem had been resolved. I hope whoever put the signs up can get some peace.

Shawn said...

"A few hours peace?" - if you can't sleep in your own bed in your own apartment that's an unlivable situation. That's drastic.

Human beings need sleep, and if you read any of the latest academic research, it's much more than we think we need.

Here's an awesome podcast with Matthew Walker, who is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science

Anonymous said...

lucky you Mr. Shawn G. Chittle . city don't care.
good signs. needed. sadly.
no permit or permissions required for dropping an exhaust fan on someone head and destroying their peace.
2 years of it with a 24 hour restaurant (detested by many EV Grieve readers) they only reason I finally got relief is because they shut down.

sophocles said...

@ 1:56. Why were they offended?

There's an HVAC unit next to my bedroom window, which has caused me problems for at least a decade. It is a monster that evolves with new sections, new covers, and new rattles, drones, and occasional screeches. There is noise every day, all day. Mercifully it is not all night. I find that part of me ignores it, but I believe that there is an underlying discomfort and disequilibrium that never goes away. You can get noise violations from DEP, if you are persistent, and I recommend you do that to have a record of the problem. But the violations might just sit there, as violations tend to do. In that case you will probably need a lawyer, which is no guarantee of a solution either. A judge once reminded me that I live in the city that never sleeps, not in the south of France. The "city that never sleeps" is a cliche that we should put to rest.

Anonymous said...

If you are having these problems with noise and vibrations from restaurant or other HVAC equipment, please please file a 311 complaint, and then contact Council person Carlina Rivers’s office with the complaint and SNR number information!