No. 1 complaint in New York: NoiseIn this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, two 7 New York City subway trains arrive in the 5th Avenue Bryant Park station, in New York. Roaring electric motors, squealing breaks, whistles and bells can fill a subway tunnel as trains pull into the station. Plenty of places in the city has noise that tops 85 decibels, a level that can cause hearing damage with prolonged exposure. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
"This is the noisiest place in New York City!" declares Jesse Davis, who stands in the heart of Times Square handing out leaflets for psychic readings. "It's toot, toot, toot, toot all day."
That means stop everything because the overwhelming noise outside from the screeching elevated subway trains drowns out any kind of speech.
On a concrete island in the middle of the square is a shipping container turned gourmet food cart called the SnackBox, where clerk Eduardo Zevallos spends his days amid the cacophony "trying to tune it out."
The worst noise? When an ambulance gets stuck in traffic just feet behind him on Broadway. 85 in Queens' Astoria neighborhood, children and their teachers have a signal system: Touching a forefinger to the lips while lifting two fingers in the air.
"This is New York, and this whole city is noisy," he says. "But you get used to it business is business."
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No. 1 complaint in New York: NoiseIn this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, a workman uses a generator powered jackhammer in New York's Air Jordan Hat Times Square in New York. Iconic Times Square can be a noisy place with car horns, aircraft flying overhead and construction. One of the lesser known legacies of the recently ended 12 year tenure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg was one of the nations toughest noise codes. Under it, every construction site must post a noise mitigation plan, while excessive noise from restaurants, sidewalks, even garbage trucks is illegal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
No. 1 complaint in New York: NoiseIn this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, a man puts his fingers in his ears in New York's Times Square. Noise is New York City's biggest quality of life complaint. In 2013, the citys 311 hotline got more than 260,000 calls about excessive noise, up 30 percent in two years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
While there is no comprehensive list, the city says these are frequent sources of complaints for life altering noise:TIMES SQUARE TRAFFIC
For two decades, the 57 year old has done this kind of work, handing out promotional materials for businesses, surrounded by a sea of cabs, cars and trucks, their drivers often laying on the horn to get pedestrians to New Era Vancouver Canucks
Tickets range from $70 for a barking dog to $350 for honking your horn to as much as $8,000 for a nightclub playing loud music.
"It's really loud, and our teacher has to stop every two minutes, or three, when the train comes," says 8 year old Nepheli Motamed, whose third grade classroom is at the mercy of the trains.
But despite thousands of violation notices filed with the city last year, health officials warn there are still plenty of places where decibels top 85, a level that can cause hearing damage with prolonged exposure. Some parts of the city frequently exceed 100 decibels especially where planes swoop a New Era Thirty Nine Thirty
NEW YORK No wonder they call New York the city that never sleeps. Who can get any shuteye with all the noise?
No. 1 complaint in New York: NoiseIn this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, a 7 New York City subway train arrives in the 5th Avenue Bryant Park station, in New York. Noise from screeching subway trains can be overwhelming, sometimes rising up out of the caverns trains operate in and into the buildings above. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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No. 1 complaint in New York: NoiseIn this Dec. 4, 2013 photo, people move through the turnstiles in New Era Nfl
"This is attention deficit disorder forced on the kids because every few minutes they're distracted and they have to constantly refocus," says Evie Hantzopoulos, co president of the school's parent association.
Davis tries to drown out the noise with music from his ear buds.
Screeching subway trains, honking cars, roaring planes, barking dogs and boisterous people make noise the Big Apple's No. 1 quality of life complaint. A city hotline got more than 260,000 noise complaints last year.
Parents recently held a news conference to protest the noise, and they were interrupted 16 times in a half hour by train squeals.
One of the lesser known legacies of the recently ended 12 year tenure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg was one of the nation's toughest noise codes. Under it, every construction site must post a noise mitigation plan, while excessive noise from restaurants, sidewalks, even garbage trucks is illegal.
Silence, it seems, is the one thing in this city of more than 8 million that's almost impossible to find, despite a major crackdown on excessive noise.
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the subway in New York's Times Square station. Screeching subway trains emit considerable noise in a city with one of the nation's toughest noise codes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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