Honking horns, noisy refuse trucks, construction clamor, boom boxes and car alarms are just some of the undeniable facts of life in living in the city that never sleeps. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, however, hopes to quell these noisy episodes with a quality of life initiative aimed at making the city a more peaceful place to live.
In October, the mayor began Operation Silent Night, a program that calls on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Police Department and other city agencies to target noise problems in 24 different enforcement zones throughout the city.
The neighborhoods initially targeted under the directive include Soundview and Morris Heights in the Bronx, the Flatbush and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn; Greenwich Village and Washington Heights in Manhattan; Queens Village and Astoria in Queens; and St. George and Tottenville located in Staten Island.
More areas are being added in subsequent phases of the program, according to the mayor's office. The program will respond to complaints that are directly telephoned in to the New York Police Department's Quality of Life Hotline.
Noise complaints are the number one problem reported to the police hotline, comprising 83 percent of the 97,000 calls received during 2002. The first phase of this multi-agency effort, according to Senior Mayoral Advisor Vincent LaPadula, is concentrating the city's enforcement efforts where loud and excessive noise has proved to be a chronic disturbance.