Impact Statements

Declaraciones de Impacto

2020 was particularly insane for fireworks. Aside from the usual quality of life issues I was particularly upset as my Seeing Eye dog was traumatized by fireworks noise in combination with roaring dirt bikes and had to be adopted out to a rural area. Which is to say, she is no longer a Seeing Eye Dog. Every Seeing Eye dog costs approx. $40K to produce and 2 years of intensive training. All ruined thanks to the inconsideration.

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The random nightly fireworks over a two-month period last summer have been frightful, especially for an immigrant from a dictatorship (myself) who assumed the worst at first, as there was no holiday nor known event to celebrate at the time.

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Que las autoridades prohiban los fuegos artificiales y las carreras de carros que ponen en peligro nuestras vidas y la música en las aceras en verano es terrible y más potentes dejando no dormir por el ruido causando stress y ansiedad

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- residente de 20+ años

I don’t think I’ll be able to survive another sleepless summer.

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- lived here all my life!

Women are significantly more affected because men (drag racing and fireworks) monopolize, endanger and restrict access to shared public spaces, especially in a pandemic.

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During the 2020 summer, I had to completely change my sleep schedule to “accommodate” the people who were playing loud music and revving their engine. I would have to go to bed at 7pm so I could prep for my daily 4am wake up to loud music. Unfortunately, no other solution that I was happy with could be applied to this problem. I strongly considered moving out from the neighborhood where I lived my entire life; however, I decided to wait until winter and am doing a bit better now. My plans for moving out are still on the table considering that the weather should get warmer in the next couple of months.

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- D. Perez, lived here all my life

I’ve lived here for 30 years and have never experienced anything as disruptive as the incessant fireworks explosions that began last May and went nightly well past July 4th. Also, the drag racing, super loud cars and Revels have added to the tension. The lack of respect for the neighborhood - and I mean, everyone in it, but especially the essential workers, elderly and parents with children - and the lack of response from law enforcement to calls for help, are truly disheartening and scary.

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- 30+ year resident

It’s very unfortunate that management of residential buildings nor police act upon any complaints. All complaints sent to 311 have been closed immediately. With absolute lawlessness, I am afraid to spend any time outdoors. I feel abandoned and stuck and just want to leave this area as soon as possible. I feel sad for all of the elderly people, parents and anyone working from home as this area isn’t not conducive to civility.

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- M. Martinez

As a Healthcare worker I work multiple 12 hr shifts in a week, sometimes 4 or 5 days. It is detrimental to health: the constant noise causing lack of sleep, and the dangerous street conditions of drag racing that run red lights. It causes much unnecessary stress and harmful living conditions

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I have PTSD from being a 9/11 survivor. The fireworks were so bad I had to go on both anti-anxiety and sleep medication and STILL couldn’t sleep. The constant sound of the explosions right outside my windows just took me right back to that day. It’s like being terrorized by my own neighbors for WEEKS

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- 25-year NYC resident

Sidewalk parties on my street in the warm weather go late into the night, and smoke fumes come in through my 2nd floor window if I want to sleep with it open. We sleep with the windows closed and the fan or AC running to keep it cool and to block out the noise, which increases my electric bill.

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My partner was dying of cancer while all these crazy fireworks and shouting and yelling were taking place every night until the morning. She died this past October and I am so sad she had to put up with this because a handful of people chose to be so inconsiderate.

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- Kevin S., here for 20+ years

The loud music, roaring cars, loud music from nearby restaurants and cars had such an effect on my Health (from the lack of sleep along with anxiety that all this caused) I had a seizure and broke my ankle and had to spent 6 wks with an ankle boot

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- Fernando T., here for 20+ years

As a musician, I sometimes have to make recordings & simply can't do it because of street noise. The noise and fireworks have gotten worse over time & is changing the neighborhood for the worse. Please help!

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It has been the absolute worst summer I have had in terms of sleep and overall stress. I am moving as soon as I can because nobody seems to care enough to actually resolve or mitigate this problem.

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A friend in the air force who came to visit us to leave early because the fireworks were so bad it triggered his PTSD. He said it was like being surrounded in ground battle.

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Couldn't sleep due to vehicles parked outside our window with music blasting in the wee hours of the night. Fireworks causing distress on my autistic child.

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Noise is a public health issue, authorities need to stop discrediting it as a "quality of life" issue. A healthy living environment is a human right.

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My son is still terrified at night by the noise of racing cars. He is 2yo and was only 18 months old when he could barely sleep due to the fireworks.

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I live with my 78 year old mother who wouldn’t be able to fill this out. But she's affected. And it's added stress for me to have to worry about her.

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- Lived here toda mi vida!

We are all dealing with incredible levels of stress - personally and nationally. Be kind.

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- David C.

It never stops. Spring, summer, fall. AC, ear plugs, white noise machines, nothing helps. I am a senior and cannot afford to move. All windows face the street and I'm thinking of making a bed in a 3 x 3 closet except the heat would be horrible

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Working on call for a hospital I’ve sometimes been up for over 24 hours working and then unable to sleep at night when finally home due to neighborhood noise and noise from neighbor

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- 20+ year resident

My wife and I had incredibly stressful spring and summer of 2020 at our apartment in Inwood. At the height of the pandemic we both worked 12 hour shifts: my wife at hospital and I in transportation. Getting exhausted at work was an easy part though. The worst was getting home and being unable to sleep a single hour at night. Loud parties with wall shaking bass and drag racing was nightly occurrence. Noise violence was so bad, that we had to sleep with industrial grade earmuffs on top of the earplugs, and that was still not sufficient to cancel the bass from boom cars. Calling 311 was no help as 311 calls were cancelled a few minutes after being placed with no action taken. I have numerous emails from 311 stating that complaints were unfounded, while the walls and windows were literally vibrating from the noise. In one instance, after receiving 311 unfounded noise complaint report, I took upon myself to get out and record the calamity of dozens of cars blasting music at midnight right by the building I live at. Well that turn out to be a bad idea, because my wife and me were chased down and assaulted by intoxicated and aggressive crowd. Despite pictures of the perpetrators and their license plates taken and criminal complaint placed with the 34 precinct no action has been taken by the police. For weeks my wife and I were forced to go to work sleep deprived and exhausted, which due to the specifics of our work literally put our lives in danger. We have lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and so far have never considered leaving. Until the Summer of 2020 and the noise violence that unfolded on Dyckman street. We are still staying put hoping that with the help of police and elected officials the noise can be mitigated. But we are already drawing plans on where to move if the unruly noise and drag racing are here to stay. If COVID was unable to chase us out of the neighborhood we call home, noise violence, endless fireworks and surging crime that comes with it certainly will.

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The noise is the worst problem, because even in one's own home, one can't get away from it. But along with the noise, where I live, there are all night loud parties on the street, right outside my windows. There are invariably piles of garbage left after the parties, there is a lot of dog do not cleaned up. Also, along with the noise of the cars and motorcycles, there is, of course, the very real danger of getting hurt or killed any time I go out of my house. Many drivers do not respect ANY of the driving laws. Also, one night at 4 am, a bullet came through my 6th floor bedroom window. If I had not been in bed, but walking around, with considering the actual trajectory of the bullet, it could easily have killed me. I firmly believe that the noise, the parties, the dog mess, the garbage enables an environment where bad things can and do easily happen. Last summer, which although every summer is a problem, was by far the worst...and was also the summer that we had the least apparent attempt by the police to try to keep things under control, for whatever possible combination of reasons. Just a note to say that quiet parties on the street, dominoes, people respectfully enjoying themselves, grandmothers and small children hanging out together late do not bother me at all! It's the noise and other disrespectful and dangerous actions that often make life here in Inwood unpleasant, and have since I've been here starting in 2004. But last summer, of 2020, was unbearable.

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- Don S., 17+ year resident

I have lived 4 years in my apartment and never have I called out of work due to lack of sleep until this past year. I have left twice to work from home outside of the City for months at a time due to the noise. My roommate is moving out due to the noise and has given me notice 5 months before her lease is up. She moved to my area in the summer of 2020 and finds it completely inhabitable. I feel bad that she never got to know the real Washington Heights. I have had fireworks hit my window, have called out of work due to lack of sleep, and my former students have lost family members due to a direct cause from the fireworks noise. With everything the pandemic has taken away, this current environment is not sustainable. I have spent more money than ever before on noise cancelling devices and still have been kept up at nights. Not one 311 call or has been answered. Our precinct is purposefully taking a back seat due to the social unrest that is occurring over the nation. The businesses on Dyckman are out of control, blasting music at all times of the day and allowing people to crowd their businesses disregarding COVID guidelines. Our community feels that we have been forgotten, that we should just “deal” with the noise because this is what the Heights is. This not the Heights, our neighborhood is not disrespectful, inconsiderate, or had complete disregard for our living spaces. We need help, and the City must start listening even if the noise is too loud.

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My 4 year old kid has never had sleeping issues and always slept alone. The fireworks, loud cars and motorcycles have scared him so badly that most of the summer and fall he needed somebody to sleep with him. He has shown severe PTSD signs. While walking on the sidewalk in the summer and during we have encountered dirt bikes riding (in group of 2 or 3) on the sidewalk several times. They rode dangerously close to us. In a couple of instances they came so close that my son and I were terrified for our safety to the point that my little boy started shaking and crying. As they stopped and saw him in so much distress they they started to roar the engine even louder. The bikes had no plates. I called the Police district but they said that they could do nothing because I could not provide a plate. They are illegally riding in the city with plate! These young men riding the dirt bikes are always the same and meet in a couple of locations I reported several times. I am not sure if any action has been taken but I have heard and saw the same riders even recently in December.

10032

Sleep deprivation is a torture tactic for a reason, and even the anticipation of it or the threat of it is very effective. There is always a chance that my neighbors will turn the bass way up on their music at all hours of the night. There will always be the chance that a car will park outside my window and host a street party with drinking and loud music all day. The first floor of a building should never be considered unlivable because of the potential for noise. The businesses nearby blast music onto the sidewalk that I can hear loud and clear in my apartment, and for what?? Just so I am miserable? It is extra disheartening to know that none of the powers that be will do anything to help or take anyone seriously. We are on our own, and as a petite single woman, that feels very scary and very dangerous. This neighborhood is becoming unlivable.

10033

I selected an apartment away from the notoriously loud restaurants that crank amplified music. With those establishments closed, along with parks and playgrounds, two of my three neighboring buildings set up pools and outdoor recreation areas in their back courtyards complete with amplified music throughout the day and late into the evening-- with no consideration that they are surrounded by literally hundreds of residential apartments filled with people who like me who work from home, or sometimes work nights and sleep during the day. Additionally, I am regularly woken up at night by cars with modified mufflers on Broadway and Seaman, even though I live in the middle of the block! Is there any need to even mention the illegal fireworks that going off behind my building and in neighboring blocks?

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- Native New Yorker

I have loved Inwood since I moved here three years ago. I'm liking it less and less because of the lack of respect car and motorbike owners seem to have for their fellow residents and a disregard for our comfort and safety. For the past two years, I have left town during July 4 because the fireworks in the street seriously distress my dog and set him off with serious panic attacks. Two weeks ago, at 5:30 in the afternoon, 10 dirt bikes rode up onto the grass in Isham Park, circled me and my dog in menacing way, after which they revved their engines and performed wheelies at the roundabout for at least 15-20 minutes. The noise was so loud it rang in my ears for hours. I was terrified. FYI, I am leaving Inwood and moving away.

10034

The fireworks last year really worked on my nervous system. Agitating and anxiety making. And it came from all sides. And as July 4th got closer, the fireworks were being set of during the day. The drag racer/revving cars have been awful. NIGHTLY. Last night, I was awoken at 3am by one car. The frustration for me (in addition to the noise) is the helpless feeling that I feel. And that no consequence feeling seems to empower the noise makers. They’ve become more blatant and aggressive. I was almost hit today by a revving car, as I was crossing in a crosswalk, and I had the light. The noise is sudden and loud. It works on every nerve. My cats are also being affected. I hope something can be done, please.

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- 20+ year resident

I have been almost run over crossing Broadway by a car I heard revving its engine two blocks away and then saw run several red lights. I had to run to cross the street safely (and I had the pedestrian light to walk.) I've also watched about 10 cars on different occasions run several red lights as they rev'd their engines and flew past the building on Broadway. They are absolutely going to kill someone. I've also seen large groups (5 to 15) cars, motorbikes, 4 wheelers swerving around cars and speeding down the street. It's insanely loud, and again, they don't observe any traffic lights or safety protocols. It has to stop.

10040

I think we're luckier than many other blocks in the area and yet noise still has a massive impact on our day to day lives. Whether it's engines revving, pounding bass, or fireworks in the summer, it is the single most significant source of stress for us. Bass speakers coming from drug cars parked all day is the biggest problem for us. 311 has been totally ineffective and direct dialogue hasn't worked at all. I understand there are significant issues of disenfranchisement at play and Covid restrictions have made things worse but these folks don't seem to consider or care about the impact of their choices. It feels hopeless.

10033

I have been incredibly bothered by the motorcyclists and car drivers who rev up their engines. It has negatively affected my peace of mind. And what bothers me the most is that the police know about the problem and are unwilling to do anything about it. These motorcyclists and revved up car drivers now seem to have control of the streets. And they are very dangerous - they go through red lights, ride on the paths of Ft. Tryon park, etc. Given their behavior, I'm afraid there is a terrible accident waiting to happen.

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- Senior Citizen in the 'hood

I felt at times that I live in a warzone or third world country. I am unable to go outside with my family because I fear one of us being hit by drag racers or otherwise assaulted. I personally almost got into a physical altercation twice because of someone blasting their music so loud that it my daughters where in physical pain and some guys with the modified mufflers trying to emulate the sound of gunshots. Because of this I plan to move out of this neighborhood that has been my home for more than 40 years.

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- Resident here all my life

Deep bass is our biggest problem. Makes me incredibly unsettled and anxious and can even give me headaches and stomach pains. Travels for blocks and happens all day and night. Because it’s the frequency more than the volume, when I talk to people about it, they look at me like I’m crazy. Maybe it’s not that loud, but it is making my furniture rattle! We’ve gotten CitiQuiet windows which help with a lot of street noise but the bass music (mostly from cars) still penetrates.

10032

A group of illegal off road bikes (6) almost ran over both my dog and I as they came on the sidewalk to get around a traffic jam that was caused by others in their group. I’ve seen fire trucks as well as ambulances stopped in their tracks by these posses of illegal vehicles. We have counted as many as 54 off road bikes in one group. They travel north on the south bound side and vice versa, cutting in and out of the lanes and up on sidewalks.

10040

I sometimes try to talk to people creating noise, but there is only so much one can do by going downstairs. There have also issues with a neighbor having their tires slashed again and again after approaching a party. We know there are guns at the corner (police reports, a shooting a few years ago, NYPD office asking us to stay away from the parties), so it can also be very dangerous.

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I have an elevated heart rate and on many occasions have been frightened awake by extreme loud noises (car engines revving so loud they set off car alarms, fireworks, blaring music, etc.) and when that happens my heart rate goes into a dangerous level. Also, especially during the summer, the noise can be so loud and persistent that even earplugs don’t block it out.

10034

It has gotten significantly worse in the past year. Also once a group of men on motorcycles ran a red light and threatened me verbally. I have daily problems with electric bikes and scooters on sidewalks, which is sad, because I love the idea of electric bikes and used to own a scooter, but they need to follow traffic laws and stay off the sidewalk

10040

I have a one year old and I work from home. The line-up of cars on 214th street on a daily basis blasting music during the nice weather is infuriating. And with music blasting, comes littering. In addition, the fireworks last summer were never ending and through the night. We call 311 every day during the nice weather. Doesn't seem to help much.

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Why don’t the police do speed traps? Or deal with the fireworks? Or even give parking tickets to all the double parkers on Broadway? I’ve been here 7 years and have never seen police enforce traffic violations or noise complaints. Almost every day these nuisances caused by young men ruin our peace and ability to function.

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- Sleepless in the City

It’s sad in that these intolerable noise levels are wreaking havoc and tearing apart such a strong knit community that over the years have come to really appreciate. The thought of moving due to this issue is heartbreaking as I’m sure it is with many others who are thinking of relocating.

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- 20+ year resident

The revving of engines and cars driving recklessly at high speeds is disturbing from a noise level perspective, but also terrifying from a safety perspective. I am concerned about my letting my child cross the street by himself even though he is old enough and sensible enough to do so.

10034

There is a neighborhood attitude that people who want to be able to sleep must be bad people. It's annoying to try to figure out how to get some quiet without being yelled at. No positive solutions are offered, and even the police just close 311 complaints without trying anything.

10040

The traffic on Friday nights for the GWB is a huge problem. It seems like the area would benefit from Traffic cops on those nights. Also, there is a big problem with double parking which results in excess honking. I’m not sure what can be done about that but I’d love it to stop.

10033

I find the HH Parkway noise in Inwood Hill Park annoying. I do wish they would pave with blacktop as they have done farther south. It is much quieter. Some of my friends and relatives will not stay overnight because of the street noise.

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- J Evans, 20+ year resident

The drag racing and car noise is really out of hand. We have lived in Inwood for 15 years and it’s only getting worse. I really worry when my 3 children are out. I wish we could put speed bumps or some kind of camera to discourage it.

10034

I have only been in this neighborhood since the beginning of COVID but after the insane amount of noise and absolute disrespect from neighbors I will be moving as soon as my lease ends in April.

10033

Honestly just thinking about leaving the neighborhood. It’s sad because there are so many positives in the neighborhood but the complete disrespect for other people’s lives is outrageous.

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I can be 12 stories up on top of Fort Tryon Park at The Cloisters Museum and hear dirt bikes down on Broadway. Until 2020 The Cloisters was quiet.

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- Local Tour Guide

Fireworks affects my household the most. I don't mind if it's only going to be one night but in 2020 it was every single night for months

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- Residente

The fireworks and drag racing are pretty bad and so dangerous. What is the hold up on installing speed bumps?

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- 15+ year resident

The fireworks scare my child. I’m always scared we are going to be run over by cars and dirt bikes speeding.

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Fireworks and loud music are worst, but cars racing is most dangerous- we shouldn’t have to live like this

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- 20+ year resident

The main issue is non-enforcement of activities that are plainly and already illegal

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- 11+ years here

I don’t mind some music but the sound level is unnecessary and disrespectful

10040

It baffle me how unconsidered some people can be. I wish I could move out!

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- Carmelo, 40+ year resident

Increased electric bill from having to keep windows closed in the summer

10034

I am tired of people "excusing" the complaints as gentrification..

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- 40+ year resident

The fireworks and the street parties are worse that the pandemic

10040

Used to be a very quiet hood.

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- lived here for several generations!

I lost my work in 2020 due to the pandemic and I now work from home. I also went back to school in 2020, which I also do from home. Aside from the general disruption and having to plan my work/study schedule around anticipated noise (for example, taking quizzes in the afternoon before the street music gets loud), I feel trapped. I have no where to go for quiet or escape. I can’t go to the library to work. I don’t have an office. I don’t like leaving my apartment sometimes, which is unhealthy on emotional and physical levels. It’s stressful to feel like you have no recourse. 

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- 11-year resident

The loud music from cars parked on the dead end street has been the worst. All hours of the night till sometimes 5 in the morning. I have placed 311 complaints and nothing gets resolved. Same thing different day. It’s very frustrating and I hope things can change.

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- lived here ¡toda mi vida! (all my life!)

I've been impacted by lack of sleep. I also live with my 66 year old father and it affects him greatly as he cannot sleep and has trouble doing his job as an essential worker effectively. I’ve also almost been run over numerous times and fear crossing the street even when there is a walk signal.
The noise that affects me most is the revving of the vehicles. It's also a safety issue in terms of the behavior of the drivers, who run red lights, speed, ride in places that are only designated for pedestrians. I implore you to act on this before someone gets injured or killed. Children and elderly folks live in this neighborhood and they are the people I am most worried about.

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- Laura M.

I am moving out of Inwood after 20 years because of the unbearable noise levels on my street. Also, there are now gangs of dirt bike riders on two- and three-wheel vehicles and they are riding these things ON THE SIDEWALKS OF INWOOD, which is incredibly dangerous and scary. My apartment faces Seaman Avenue and is on the second floor, and is close to the intersection of Seaman and Academy. All of these things mean there is a great deal of street noise right outside my windows -- revved up cars ("loud pipes") motorocycles, dirt bikes and music blaring from huge wifi speakers in people's cars. The family that used to live right underneath me -- and who got hit with the noise even worse because they were on the first floor -- moved out last summer. I have just signed a lease on an apartment in Brooklyn. The rent is $400 more per month than what I am currently paying in Inwood. But it is worth it to me to get out of here. I will spend almost $5000 more in rent per year just for the luxury of getting away from Inwood noise! It's too bad because at different points I considered staying here permanently. I love the parks. But honestly the parks are part of the problem -- parks in combination with lax law enforcement means people taking advantage of public spaces to make noise and disturb the whole neighborhood. I looked at buying a coop here at one point. But then the pandemic summer hit and the noise became insanely worse, and I realized I could not stay here. People say the northern part of Inwood is better, but to be frank, the noise seems quite bad on West 218th, which is the northernmost border of the neighborhood. Noisemakers drive in from the Bronx and over the bridge and come down West 218th -- that's why I couldn't live up there. I walk my dog all over the neighborhood and I have witnessed very loud car/street music noise on the supposedly "good" streets of Park Terrace West and Indian Road. In fact I have seen some terrible things on Indian Road in regard to noise. I have seen young people park their cars above the curb -- on the sidewalk -- and blast music out of huge wifi speakers that goes directly into the apartment windows of folks who live on the ground floor. And they do this for hours! This is abuse. These people who make this noise are abusers. They continue to do it, as like all abusers, because they are no consequences for their behavior, and they will continue to harm people again and again until they are forced to stop. I cannot put up with it anymore. I have too much respect for myself and my family. I am leaving for Brooklyn. I put down the security deposit today on the new apartment. I hope Inwood can solve its noise problem but it will have to do it without me.

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- 15+ year resident

Noise from neighbors within the building with loud TV/music/guests late at night, amplified musical instruments, or who don't put any rugs down to muffle footsteps definitely affect my sleep and stress level.

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We moved as a result of not being able to get sleep and have a baby coming and would not risk the health and well being of our child due to noise violence. We made every attempt to even trying to talk to the people but was met with hostility which almost resulted in violence multiple times.

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- Lived here almost a decade

The noise from fireworks, street parties, and racing cars and motorcycles with loud exhaust and music has become an everyday occurrence and just adds to the surrealism of 2020 – it’s so loud most nights that I don’t even feel like it can even be real life. I’ve been putting a long coat over my pajamas and pulling on boots to go walk around Broadway to find the source of the noise that invades our apartment. I never imagined I’d be out on the streets taking videos at 4:00 a.m. I also never imagined I’d see my neighbors doing the same thing, as we try to identify the exact location of the source of noise to report to 34th Precinct. But, even when we call 311 or 911 with an exact location, we are always informed that the police came (they don’t!) and that there was nobody there (they’re still there, partying). I used to believe that we have the right to be protected from illegal activities and that it was the job of police and other publicly paid employees to provide us with that protection. 2020 introduced me and my neighbors to brand new limits of lawlessness. Anything goes now! Fireworks anytime of the day or night! Drag racing down both lanes of a 2-lane, 2-way street! Gangs of racing motorcycles and mopeds! Smashing into cars so hard that they’re moved into the street or the sidewalk and driving away! Fighting in the streets and sidewalks! Using illegal drugs and alcohol in the streets and sidewalks! Parking a car and setting up a makeshift street DJ with music blasting so loud it can be heard 10 blocks away! There are no limits to the noise and there is nobody to stop the noise. My nerves are shot. I live in a constant state of stress and anxiety. I have PTSD and the noises from outside my apartment windows are triggering – my nightmares are more vivid, I am jumpy, I am afraid, I feel real, deep fear. I make mistakes at work. I yell at my children. My children cry at night, because of the noise. They can’t sleep either. I am exhausted! I feel like I live in a war zone. The noises I hear are loud and violent and they include yelling, swearing, fighting (the noise of physical struggle and contact), fireworks, loud music (in cars that are driving by or from cars or speakers that have stopped to set up temporary party spots), loud cars and other vehicles. The cars or vehicles have loud exhaust systems, but also screech on the brakes and leave black spots on the pavement and waves of smoke from peeling out. Our pets are suffering, too. They will hide, stop eating, pace the floors, or throw up, depending on the noise level and type of noise. One pet, who was rescued from Highbridge Park, is very afraid of the noise of the drag racing and street fights, while the other pet is terrified by the sound of the fireworks. I’ve given up on calling 311 or 911 for anything – I just get passed around, hung up on, or lectured. If I track 311 online, my complaint is usually closed within a couple of minutes with a notification that the police went and found nothing, which is absolutely not true. But, this is not just about noise. This is about situations that can lead to accidents and death. Drag racers can kill pedestrians. It’s the noise of the car, the fear that is triggered by that noise, and the fact that the driver racing through our streets might hit and damage parked cars or other property, and also, more importantly, might hit and kill a person or more than one person. This is about not having any protection or help. I feel helpless. That’s why I stopped calling to ask for protection and help. I feel alone. I feel scared and depressed. I know that these people coming into our neighborhood to party, to race, to fight—these people know that they can just create a sidewalk party at 2:00 a.m. with fireworks, huge speakers with blaring music, drugs and alcohol being passed around, cars blocking the street with engines revving, they know that they can do anything they want and there will be no repercussions. They can spend hours in one spot, with hundreds of 311 complaints, and they will not be forced to leave. They can take their dirt bikes and race through Isham Park and Inwood Hill Park anytime – day or night. They can destroy property. They can create violence and terror through their actions. And the police will not respond. There will be no arrests. They will leave and we, the residents, the elderly, the lower and middle classes of New York City, the children, the babies, the pets, the stray animals living in the streets, all of us who are collectively living here, trying to survive a pandemic, trying to eke out a living, trying to provide a better life for our families, we will be scared, we will call for help, we will be kept awake, we will try to teach on Zoom and be unable to, because of the noise drifting up through our windows, we will complain, but nothing will happen. The 33rd and 34th precincts will lie. They will pretend that they made a drive out to investigate, when they are really in a parked car, scrolling down through social media and sending texts on their cell phones. Hiding out in the dark, ignoring our cries for help. I don’t know why I should even bother to complete this survey! Who cares about the residents of Inwood and Washington Heights? Who will help us? Who will give back our rights to protection from noise violence and illegal activities? How can such blatant illegality be ignored by employees who are paid by us to protect us?

10034

I live in this location neighborhood since 2003. The area has always been noisy, but nothing has compared to what it has become post confinement due to COVID 19. In addition to the noise, it has become very dangerous. The fireworks this year were the worst we have seen since 2003. They were of professional amplitude and going on non-stop. It kept us up at night for weeks with probably ten times the amount of explosions than the other years. Additionally to the noise they produce, fireworks are a huge concern because of fire. Some of the explosions come very close to buildings that are, for the most part, in this area, pre-war building. They can catch on fire very fast. All of this creates a tremendous amount of anxiety. In addition to that, the noises from the motorcycle's mufflers mimicking gunshots are used as violent noises and cause lots of anxiety. Motorcycles and cars revving are very noisy and very dangerous. One has to be extra careful when crossing the Street. Last weekend, three motorcycles ran over the red light just as I was crossing the Street with my husband. We just had time to back up. The drivers didn't slow down at all. If they had run over us, they would not have stopped. It was a Street near a playground. What if a kid had crossed the Street at that moment? These motorcycles and many other vehicles in the area have their license plates curled-up so that the numbers are not visible. They come to the neighborhood to cause trouble. During the summer, Dyckman Street, between Payson and Seaman, becomes as noisy as an outdoors club. The restaurants there attract many motorcycles and three-wheel vehicles, full of lights, that parade with blasting music and mufflers. Car park in the middle of the Street at night blasting music at profusely high decibel until 4:00 or 6:00 am. If the police happen to drive by, they turn it down but play it back on as soon as the police leaves. Since the restaurants are closed and the weather cold, not many people are around these blocks, giving less opportunity for loud cars to show off. Since then, the noise has become a little bit more bearable. But the racing cars equipped with mufflers mimicking gunshots and explosions haven't stopped. They are aggressively racing the Street and driving in circles in dangerous intersections, day and night, causing car alarms to go off and scaring the whole neighborhood. They are also racing along the highway, weaving between cars very dangerously. In my opinion, these are violent noises and violent acts. The people performing them are conscious of what they are doing. They are purposely terrorizing the neighborhood. Calling 311 hasn't been useful at all. The person says that the police will check on the situation in a few hours, but by the time they come, hours later, the noise has ceased. The reports will say that there was nothing of concern. It has been very frustrating, and this situation has raised anxiety in many residents. As soon as the Spring season, the restaurants will open again, bringing back the noisy cars and fireworks. Many people have moved out already, and I don't blame them for that. I have thought of moving too.

10034
- 18+ year resident

I just want to start by saying how much we truly love living in Inwood (the people...the parks...you know the deal :-). Our building had issues with Maramana/Hashi, but the 34th Precinct Officers and CB12 were very responsive to our complaints and they "left" in Feb. 2020. However, the onset of noise that came with the COVID pandemic (loud engines that produce a sound I can only describe as gunshots, speeding cars and motorcycles at all hours, fireworks being set off in the park a block away from our apartment) has made us seriously reconsider if this is where we want to purchase a home. I recently realized recently that I am genuinely afraid to go outside after about 9 PM at night. I lived alone from 2014 - 2018 and rarely felt unsafe taking my dogs out for their nighttime bathroom walk at 12 AM (granted, I did avoid Maramana/Hashi). Our remaining dog (we had two dachshunds) passed away right before the pandemic started, so — in addition to the required quarantining — I have only been leaving our apartment for short grocery store trips for the past year. In a few weeks, we are picking up our puppy and I will be his primary trainer/caregiver (my husband works long hours with his Bay Area counterparts). Since I don't give up easily, I am currently operating on the assumption that my anxiety around the noise / going outside is unfounded. I plan to share the link for this survey with my neighbors (printouts with QR codes and bit.ly links) and am willing to help out in any way I can to solve this problem. For example, when I am outside and see driverless cars double-parked in front of Q Cigars, I take photos of their license plates and send them to 311 (which may or may not work). HOWEVER, the cars with livery plates I send to the Taxi & Limousine Commission complaint portal. They have lawyers that follow up on every complaint (at least the ones I've sent). Guessing that the problem will be "solved" when peoples' livelihoods are threatened.

10034
- C.R.

I am a fifteen year resident of Hamilton Heights. While I accept that New York can be noisy, this year the noise level in my neighborhood has exploded, reaching decibels I’ve never had to endure before.The cause is inconsiderate, attention-seeking drivers who have modified their mufflers and exhaust systems to create an unconscionable level of noise. I live on 141st between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues and have worked at home for years (not just during the pandemic) in my front room. In past years I worked in peace. But this summer the excessive muffler noise starts at around noon and continues through the evening. Every five minutes, it seems, somebody drives by causing an excessive amount of noise. There are days I have to retreat to my back room so I can even think. Last night (Sunday) on a 6:00 pm Zoom call I had to ask the person I was talking to to hold off speaking FIVE times because I couldn’t hear her because of the engines. In addition, when I walk along St. Nicholas Terrace, above the park, I always witness cars down on St. Nicholas using it as a raceway and a chance to scream their engines. Last week I had probably the worst experience yet. I was walking down 146th between Amsterdam and Broadway, when a muscle car drove slowly up the street, in a seeming attempt to cause the longest amount of pain, SCREAMING its engine. I felt real physical pain and thought I was going to throw up. It was so physically upsetting that by the time the driver finally passed I was shaking. And of course I wasn’t alone on the street—hundreds of people around me, up in their apartments, were also held hostage to whatever anger this aggressive driver was trying to impart. It’s not right or fair that these individuals can make life so miserable for the people around them.

10031
- Kristi R., 15+ year resident

In 2020, I was unable to sleep for almost a month leading up to the 4th of July due to constant fireworks from dusk till dawn from the surrounding neighborhoods. I was also almost run over by a member of a motorcycle gang that regularly rides up and down Broadway on weekends and late night. They have no regard for traffic signals and rules and put communities in danger by doing stunts and jumping curbs to ride on the sidewalk. Case in point, I was almost hit by one motorcyclist on the side walk after having exited a taxi onto the sidewalk. The motorcyclist (who was part of a gang of riders who had just passed thru the intersection at high speeds and in lieu of the red light) cut behind the parked taxi cab I had just exited, door still open, and almost ran me over. Had I stuck my arm out I would have clotheslined this individual he was so close. The incident has caused me PTSD. The noise from this gang, as well as the numerous vehicles without mufflers, backfiring, or revving engines, in addition to loud music from passing vehicles is not only a constant nuisance, it also greatly distresses my dog. I can’t imagine what people with babies and young children do. Outside of leaving the city, there is no resolution I can personally take to stop these infractions.

10040

I am extraordinarily lucky in that my bedroom window faces the cliffs of FTP so with my white noise my sleep is rarely disturbed. My living room windows, however, face Bway and there are times I cannot hear my TV. I rarely open the windows because of the noise from unbelievably loud music emanating from cars stopped at the light at Bway/Nagle. And of course the revving racing cars and motorcycles that constantly drive by. Again, I am lucky. But I work at NYP/Columbia and have all through this pandemic, as I’m sure many of my neighbors do as well. We deserve - everybody deserves - to come home at the end of the day and relax without these asinine, constant disturbances. Last summer and NYE are actually the first time in my ten years living in this community that I did actually hear the fireworks when I went to bed. The NYPD needs to figure this out because it honestly seems as though NOTHING is being done about it. It doesn’t really seem like it should be that difficult. I don’t know if it’s because of DeBlasio and their well publicized hatred of him, their love of trump and resentment of the liberal community and the BLM protests, or plain old ineptitude, but something needs to change. It really is crazy what people are able to get away with.

10034

For weeks and weeks we have bombarded by EXPLOSIVE noise, like living in a war zone, resulting in PTSD, impaired functioning, impaired communication, cardiac issues due to ONGOING elevated stress levels, disruption of blood sugar balance due to sleep deprivation. We are already in a war: the war against CoVid-19. It is so unfair to us that we also have to be subjected to relentless, over-the-top noise - a lot of which is generated by people who don't even live here, who have simply INVADED, as if the word was passed along that northern Manhattan is now a ghost town, so northern Manhattan is a free-for-all. And in a way, it is! Because the police do absolutely nothing. They have left us completely on our own, even though so much has been taken away from us. The NYPD ought to have an Environmental Enforcement Team. But it would have to be comprised of people who have a lot of guts, and who actually are from here and can't escape to a home in the pristinely quiet suburbs. I once called the 34th Precinct about noise attacks (it was quite a while ago, before I realized that it was hopeless). They actually had the nerve to tell me, "We're not equipped for that." WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT, EXACTLY, DO YOU NEED? Ears, authority, and guts.

10040
- 30+ years here

I've learned to accept that I chose live in a city and I ultimately chose to live in an environment thats noisy. I chose an apartment building that was affordable in an affordable neighborhood, and suits my budget, and with affordability there are sacrifices to be made. I wish that the people driving through and creating these noises were more considerate and fair to their community. But it all boils down to the system and the culture. This area unfortunately does not have a fair advantage like more desirable areas in the city, so as a result, these are the issues we have to contend with. The majority of the people do not care about excessive noise. For me I'd say the fireworks from last year were the most annoying and brutal burden on me, also the constant loud vehicles and music and sirens from emergency vehicles. Thats what really bothered me. I also learned to use noise canceling music headphones to help with the noise. But ultimately I think the best solution is to move. If one does not like an environment, why stay in it? Also working long days and commuting downtown to more desirable areas has certainly helped and served as an escape.

10040
- V.F.

I have only lived in Washington Heights for seven years, and the worst part of living here is the noise. It is almost constant. Starting from my neighbors above me allowing the kids to run all the time regardless of the time. The music has been unbearable especially in the Summer. Needless to say about the level of noise from fire trucks, ambulances, and the police cars. They do not care if it it’s 3 or 4 O’clock in the morning to use the sirens even if it’s not necessary. Why can’t they lower the volume. The sirens are heard for over 4 blocks radius. I feel sorry for parents with small, children, the elderly and the sick. Due to the pandemic, it is difficult to sleep, and when we finally get to sleep is only to be woken up by the sirens, music or by pedestrians talking or arguing. Sometimes, it is like living a nightmare. When I have tried to speak to my neighbors, I have been treated in a hostile manner. I have even told to move to Pennsylvania. Anything that can be done about the level of noise and quality of life will be appreciated even by those that don’t let their voices be heard. Thank you.

10032
- Concerned Citizen

In 2020, motorcyclists began terrorizing people on the pathways inside Fort Tryon Park and Isham Park. In 2020, drivers began running red lights and practically hitting people on Broadway — sometimes right in front of the 34th Precinct. In 2020, drag-racers began adding gunfire sounds to their amplified engines, and decibel levels in my bedroom during the summer surpassed 200. The NYPD has protected and coddled these criminals for so many years that the criminals get bolder and bolder, and the neighborhood suffers more and more. I have attended countless Community Board and precinct meetings since 2009, hearing the same lame and pathetic excuses again and again. Authorities love to tell residents we should just pack up and move if we don't like it here. I believe the policing failure is another form of systematic racism. The city doesn't tolerate these crimes in the 10021 or 10024 Zip codes, but here they look the other way. The cops ride and drink with the motorcycle gangs, and surely join the loud car rallies as well.

10033
- 13+ years here

The noise leaves me exhausted and in tears and stressed. I am upset about not getting rest and anxious about the summer when fireworks are added to the drag racing and aftermarket motors. I call police when they are racing around or doing spins and donuts in the intersection. I don't think they care. The cameras are disabled at the corner, that is now a drug dealer hang out where people rev their motors and show of their max noise capabilities before racing around the blocks. I have a home based business and have my work interrupted. There has been other legislation in NYC about the mufflers. Increase the fines for the noise disruption. Get working cameras and have regular patrols of the drug corner. Make it so expensive to drag and pop mufflers that they feel the pain. I have to be able to sleep! Children Need to Sleep! The Fireworks are coming and I stressed thinking about it. Where is Adrian Espaillat? We need help that makes it bearable to live here.

10034
- 15+ year resident

I have lived in the same building for over 20+ years and never have thought of moving away from the neighborhood - until last. I am now looking into moving to NJ. Last year was so unbearable I rented an apartment in upstate NY to get away from the noise because I was not able to sleep. The camera in my apartment which is not near a window would send me "noise" alerts all hours of the night. I could hear the drag racing, fireworks and music going on all hours of the night as if I had the camera next to my window. My next door neighbor also left his apartment for the same reason. I have been forced to purchase 3 noise machines which I have had to keep on highest volume in order to get any rest. The 34th precinct is 4 blocks away and phone calls and 311 go ignored. How is this possible? How are the motorbikes and drag racers allowed to speed right past the 34th precinct and nothing is done about it!
I am moving out of this neighborhood: my quality of life here has been depleted. No major city should be this lawless. Absolutely disgraceful!

10040
- Fed Up!

As professional musicians, the noise is a MAJOR problem. We must be able to give lessons, practice, and even record music at home in order to make a living. The thumping bass sounds penetrate entire buildings during quiet hours. It’s completely unacceptable behavior even during normal hours. 311 is a mockery; the police say they’ve investigated and “found no evidence” even though they clearly never went to check it out. Loud music in the park (also illegal) is ignored by police and park police!! We have videos of police hanging out with the perpetrators and doing nothing about the offensive behavior, allowing them to break laws with impunity.

10033
- D.S. & MT. W.

Frustration with NYPD who will not combat issues. Excessive noise after 10pm on weeknights and Midnight on weekends is not ok. We are now looking into selling our apt and leaving entirely, as this problem has gotten increasingly worse over the last few years. NYPDs solution is to “ask for the speakers to be turned down”. Why are the police asking and not issuing tickets or seizing cars with speakers or speakers themselves? NYPD is not investigating, setting up red light cameras to deal with the speeders and people doing donuts in the intersection with their cars. And now we have kids on motorbikes riding through Isham Park at night tearing up the landscaping and grass.

10034

the drag racing situation is out of control. aside from the fact that the scale of sound is unquestionably often literally at levels that will cause permanent hearing damage to everyone in the vicinity, someone is going to end up dead. they speed, don't follow traffic lights, go up on bike lanes and sidewalks, etc. prevention, prevention, prevention! the fact that this has gotten SO out of hand is indicative of the city's general approach, which is to ignore a problem until it is an absolute crisis, by which point it is much harder to address. INFURIATING!

10040
- 11+ year resident

The extremely loud mufflers that sound like gunshots are the biggest trigger of anxiety and stress for me. I’ve witnessed someone pass away from gun violence when i lived in Brooklyn. I was woken up in the middle of the night to the sounds of gunshots in front of my building and watched a teenager pass away as a result. When i am woken up in the middle of the night to a loud muffler, it startles me awake and sometimes i have trouble falling back asleep, especially when the person driving makes several trips around the block.

10034

In the Summer 2020, there were nightly parties on the street outside of the Fort Tryon Park with people playing loud amplified music sometimes past 2am. Because there is no address associated with the park side of Broadway it was difficult to get any resolution. If you complain to 311, cops might roll by with their windows up and if they don't see a large group, do nothing. Or they say they responded but since there is no exact address they say there wasn't anyone at the address.

10040

Loud music from drug dealers across the street and car/motorcycle backfire, sometimes fireworks, have affected me the most. Some people have moved out of my building as a result. It is difficult to walk my dogs during fireworks season, and they are sometimes stressed at home. Occasional police blockades of Amsterdam have helped, but the police often leave at 9:30pm, and the drag race groupies immediately move in and call the drag racers just minutes after the police leave.

10040

drag racing/revving motors is panic inducing (worse than the sound of ambulances last march) and happens at all times of day. it makes me want to move out of the neighborhood. it has to be stopped. i have seen drag racers do incredibly dangerous stunts in broad daylight even (spinning a car around 360 degrees at 204th and seaman a couple weeks ago). the noise never bothered me til this past year..and it is the drag racers/loud motors that are the bulk of the noise problem

10034
- 15+ year resident

I am facing the back of our building so neighborhood noise is not much of an issue for me unless I am walking my dog. But the noise from the Henry Hudson Parkway at night with the booming mufflers and drag racing echos all over and disrupts my mine and my family's sleep. I wake up with racing heart rate and cannot get back to sleep. Sometimes it sounds like gunshots and startles the dog and the rest of us. It is intolerable and needs to be rectified finally

10033
- Almost a senior citizen

We overlook Broadway, Hillside - racing and fireworks are constant, even during the winter. During the day the Success Academy on FWA creates a huge noise issue (honking) several times per day when school's in session, as well as road rage and some near-misses with residents/pedestrians from out-of-area cars. Occasional racing up Ft. Wash, music cranked up, and garbage thrown from cars. Ft. Tryon Park parties have previously been issues as well.

10040
- 25+ year resident

In all seasons other than Winter, the drug dealing in the corner of Hillside/Elwood is out of control. The dealers sit in their cars, day and night. There are also parties with grills and music playing out of cars at all hours of the night. The fireworks are out of control as well. Sometimes people hook up a large screen TV and watch baseball games at high volume. The fireworks my family's sleep all summer, including our 6 year old.

10040

The bomb-like fireworks that go off at 3am on New Years day, the cars at night revving their engines nonstop, the loud music blasting thru the streets and nothing being done about it. No police presence at all. We need more and higher speed bumps throughout our neighborhood. I know once the weather gets warmer it will be a nightmare. Starting looking to move elsewhere and I am a lifelong Inwood resident

10034
- Lifelong Inwood Resident

Too many cars. The regular noise of cars is overwhelming and so incredibly dismissed. You cannot walk down Broadway or any avenue and carry on a conversation. The 75% of us that don’t drive cars need to stand up and claim our streets by taking more pedestrian space, bike lanes, demanding traffic free and frequent public transit and eliminate free parking of private cars on public land.

10034
- Inwood father-of-two

Pre 2020 - a bar 4 floors below me had bass that thumped so strongly I could feel it through my body when trying to sleep, and wouldn't stop until 2 or 4 in the morning. During 2020, the fireworks were unbearable, like living in a war zone. Now, the drag racing is unlike any other year, and the bikes/atvs are driving on the sidewalk in droves. Starts at 5 pm and doesn't stop for hours.

10034

The noise coming from people revving their engines along Bway at all hours of the day coupled with music coming from the Bronx for hours at a time over night has been detrimental to my health. It’s also extremely frustrating that the police does little to help the situation. I am considering moving. The noise has turned Inwood into a dumpy trashy neighborhood terrorized by selfish folks.

10034

The noise honestly keeps me from inviting friends or relatives to my neighborhood to eat out or walk in the parks. Often, the disruptions feel antagonistic and malicious. I would like to see a discussion that doesn't become centered around claims that "new residents" just don't understand the neighborhood "culture." Courtesy and respect should be commonplace, not controversial.

10034

Living off a main strip, we sometimes have stretches of days where there seems to not be a moment without blaring music, speeding cars, a vendor on the sidewalk blaring music. I don't have a solution. I always put in a 311 report when I think it's warranted. I've never seen anything done. It's just amazing to me the lack of respect people have for one another.

10034

Excessively loud music on the street - often coming from so many different sources that it is just cacophony - is the biggest problem. In the summer: from early afternoon until often 5am or later, every night, all summer long. Loss of sleep, stress, inability to concentrate and having to wear earplugs, which gives me a headache, has affected me greatly.

10034

I can feel it in my body when the fireworks or car noise starts, literally in terms of the tension and anxiety; this is compounded at night, when it keeps me up or awakens me in the middle of the night. Obviously, it's worse in the warmer months than in the winter. It has been better this winter, but last summer, the noise was awful.

10040
- Lived here 20+ years

As I write this at 10:30 at night I can hear music blasting and cars revving up. Fireworks & drag racing were worse than ever last summer, which badly affected my pets. I’ve also got a son doing online college classes. The noise never ends or improves - and I’m in one of the quieter areas! No one seems to be doing anything to help.

10034
- Lived here 30+ years

The bass, the revving, the people who sit in their car all day and sell drugs—it’s just exhausting and I don’t know what the solution is. I’ve tried to talk to some of the people making the noise and while they heard me, it doesn’t seem to make a difference, especially since there’s so many people involved in the disruptions.

10033

The drag racing needs to stop. Not only is it loud and annoying, it’s actually dangerous. Someday the racers will kill someone and then everybody will say, “why didn’t anyone stop this?” ?￰゚マᄏ‍♀️ I hear conjectures on social media that it’s actually cops who are doing this. If that’s true then that’s really disappointing, to say the least.

10034
- 11+ year resident

I used to have issues with my downstairs neighbors blasting music, but that hasn't happened in the last year or so. Usually it's motorcycles or loud engines revving/speeding suddenly, loud parties/music blasting from cars outside or maybe neighboring apartments. Especially bad nights and weekends. Sometimes keeps me awake.

10034

There has always been some degree of noise at this location, across the street from Inwood Hill Park and Baker Field. But in 2020, it increased exponentially. As the summer progressed, I feel the police were better about responding (especially when I was able to contact our NCO’s), but overall, the response was lacking.

10034
- Eric. M., 40+ year resident

Years of overnight/very early Saturday morning trash collection, people parked at the fire hydrant outside our windows blaring music, a sub-culture of lawlessness- and disregard-with-impunity, air traffic, jet skis in the Spuyten Duyvil Creek in the warmer weather, have all also had a negative impact on our quality if life.

10034
- 11+ years here

The concentration of nightclubs is a huge factor in the noise problem: they attract bad actors from outside our community, and the club owners themselves contribute to the problems by violating the terms of their liquor licenses, over-serving, not having adequate security, and blasting amplified music.

10034
- 15+ year resident

nervous system on edge:
vehicles and motorcycles revving engines and blasting music; motorcycles and mopeds in parks and sidewalks; cars double parked in front of residential bldg blasting music; garbage in Inwood park; parties in park blasting music and leaving the park turned upside down with garbage

10463

M-16s going off in the wee morning hours, fireworks and loud cars and my own dog panicking and barking hysterically. Loud music playing on the peninsula until late at night. This is all very stressful and disruptive. It is also stressful that the police do nothing. The neighborhood has become lawless. I hate that it's so noisy and that so many people come to the neighborhood to trash the park. I'm trying to find a way to get away in the summer. On rainy days, the neighborhood is quieter and less congested.

10034
- Lived here over 30 years

The boom cars, the drag racing cars, the illegal dirtbikes, the motorcycle gangs who take over this neighborhood the minute the weather turns nice, are reckless and dangerous. They are deliberately loud, do not follow traffic rules, and are a danger as well as a nuisance to this neighborhood.

10033

We find that when we report to 311, the results say the police responded, but our observations show they did not. There is little actual intervention from authorities to control this issue which only empowers those causing it, inviting drug and gang activities, danger of fire from cookouts.

10040
- Neighborhood resident 11+ years

Loud vehicle music from car stereo installation store on broadway just north of 189th street is the biggest problem for me. It’s sometimes extremely loud. Also noise from drag racing and people partying on the street. I would like to see partying noise cease after 10pm.

10040

I have anxiety and get sensory overload easily; when an engine revs nearby it's physically painful, like an electric shock going through my whole body. It's very hard to relax and I'm on high alert a majority of the time, and have also lost sleep because of the noise. I now grind my teeth at night because of insomnia due to noise.

10033
- Lana B.

Need more oversight in Isham and Inwood Hill Park regarding trash, noise and traffic. Last summer on 218th street, there were 3 rows of cars parking/blocking traffic. In case of an emergency, there is no access to the park and people lose access to their cars.

10034
- Naomi F., 11+ years here

The drag racing is the worst. It sounds violent, and when you hear it you know how dangerous it must be there right now. My daughter's window faces 218th, and despite me putting in both blinds and curtains, it's still extremely loud and she wakes up.

10034
- Here for 15+ years

Extreme stress/anxiety on every nice day. It’s made me hate summer. The bodega at 180th and Cabrini and the park across the street from it are major party spots all spring and summer. That bodega barely even sells actual grocery items other than beer. It’s the source of all the problems here and why I am moving.

10033

The car racing, revving of the engines and loud music has been the most difficult. Not only has it affected sleep but it is difficult to do my work as a composer and as a teacher. I have made complaints to 311 but it doesn't seem to help.

10034
- JWD, 11+ year resident

I’ve lived here since 2001 and have never previously heard noise like this last summer's, going into this year. The revving cars and nightly fireworks and rockets affect me the most. I’m dreading the summer. It’s not just covid frustration.

10034
- 20+ year resident

The fireworks especially during the summer have been the worst. It is almost impossible to sleep and every time I finally relax and think they're done someone else will start with them. Even with headphones they are still audible.

10040

Many of the revvers are from out of town and from NJ connected to organized crime. There was an article in the NYT about this. As for the rest, perhaps neighbors can talk to other neighbors across the class/race line (Broadway).

10034
- R. Bayou

2020 has been the worst year ever for noise and I didn't see any law enforcement attempts to abate the problems at all. It is a chronic and serious health and quality of life issue that should be taken extremely seriously.

10034
- 15+ year Latin-x resident

I cannot afford to move and am anxious all spring summer fall due to endless noise that nothing blocks due to traffic to clubs on Dyckman, partying and access to end of Dyckman/freeway. Police and city do nothing!

10034

I get that there's less to do as a result of COVID, but it's disheartening to have so many inconsiderate people around our area paying absolutely no mind or consideration to their neighbors during off-peak hours.

10040

The cars with loud stereos and amped up mufflers are awful up here, as are all-night street parties once the cold weather stops. ALL NIGHT. And the police don’t come until morning and don’t do a damn thing.

10463

The drag racing! On Sherman Ave, they speed like it’s a highway. Once there is a major accident all local politicians will say it’s unacceptable but I guess they are waiting for that to happen before speaking up

10034

In addition to the fireworks and car revving, the cars speeding down Seaman Avenue last year, drag racing or I don’t know what, was extremely dangerous and scary. Something needs to be done about all of it.

10034
- 15+ year resident

Loud music coming from the same vehicle with neighbors hanging out and making excessive noise it the worst for me. They understand their neighbors are suffering due to their behavior yet they don't care.

10032

I'm most impacted by the speeding on Seaman and Broadway (accompanied by very loud engines), drag racing/motorcycles both on the street and on sidewalks/Inwood Hill Park and fireworks noise all summer

10034

Sleep interruption, work interruption, street noise levels going up when traffic backs up and unsafe driving practices and horn honking starts when local Success Academy school is in session.

10040
- 25+ year resident

When Success Academy is in session the morning and afternoon traffic is horrendous, with cars double, triple parked, honking of horns , backed up and utter disregard for the neighborhood

10040
- 17-year Heights Resident

The police lie to me/public regularly about checking in on street noise where drug dealing/use and loud music regularly occur. My confidence in being safe and heard is very much shaken.

10034
- 311 is broken

The loud party music from nearby residential buildings continue late night and after midnight (sometimes to 3 or 4 am!). It disrupts our sleep and productivity for next few days.

10032

Firecracker and music from way over in the Bronx are the worst. We had to leave last summer and are planning the same again. Police don’t seem to do anything about the issues.

10034

I lost a lot of hair due to sleep deprivation last summer. The noise was continual fireworks, and blaring music from parked cars beginning at 5pm and often going until 4 or 5am

10034

It has gotten substantially worse in the 8 years we've lived here. This past summer was bad but not all that much worse than the one before; COVID isn't an excuse.

10034

The tire screeching and drag racing all night long; the modified loud mufflers; the incredibly loud music from vehicles....these are making Inwood uninhabitable!

10034
- 11+ year resident

What's most distressing is the lack of response after calling 311 multiple times, especially when those who are causing the issue are easily identifiable.

10451
- Lived here all my life, Black resident!

Mostly the drag racing and revving engines. Not only disruptive to my and my babies sleep but also highly stressful about the safety of walking outside

10034

We used to have traffic officers stopping on our street nightly to hold other accountable. Now we are left with not help and 34th precinct ignores us.

10034
- Gabrielle D.

The fireworks last summer were unbelievable and lasted almost 3 months every single night- when I would call 311, they would tell me to “deal with it”

10034

Motorized bicycles over the Broadway Bridge that nearly run you down. Loud amplified music in city parks, especially on weekends in the summer.

10034

I understand that people can get together and celebrate. But the music and noise should stop at a certain time and don’t go on all night long

10032

Sheer blatant lack of consideration for this community. Makes me insane. I do my part to be a kind and considerate fellow Inwood resident.

10034

Unfortunately each year is becoming progressively worse. We need to respect each other and I am entitled to live a quality life in peace.

10040
- Lived here all my life! Latinx resident

Noise is a public health/mental health epidemic. Our lives have been turned upside down due to the lack of enforcement of EXISTING laws.

10026

I am very distressed by the rudeness of neighbors on the street, even when they are politely asked to make less noise after 11:00PM.

10040

Cars, bike gangs constantly driving all night. Can’t do anything so far. No window or ear plugs can fix this level of noise

10033

Noise has increased A LOT since this pandemic started, but it was always a problem. We need the authorities to take action.

10034
- Sleepless in Inwood

The incredibly loud music while my kids and I are sleeping makes me lose my mind. The anticipation of it is awful too.

10034

Couldn’t enjoy the park in 2020 because of the noise level and speeding cars up and down Seaman. Dirt bikes in the park.

10034
- D. Baez, 15+ year resident

Drag racing every day and loud music waking me up many times at night. No resolution, 311 and police not doing anything.

10034

The two times I've tried confronting people with loud amplifiers on the sidewalk, they did turn it down a little, but not enough.

10034

I find it really hard to record my YouTube videos and watch tv, we often have to pause for motorcycles and sirens etc.

10032

There need be solutions for all this noise, guys hanging on corner constantly. Playing loud music with large speakers.

10451
- 21-year resident

It’s disappointing that people have no consideration for others. I am strongly considering leaving after 17 years.

10032
- 17-year resident

I just wish the businesses and individuals respected all members the community.To let everyone feel safe, and be respectful.

10034

The noise from loud music and drag racing affects my stress, causing anxiety and increase in blood pressure.

10034

It's outrageous that these cars that make an INSANE amount of noise are able to get away with it!!!

10034

Have found no resolutions - called 311 multiple times. Response out of 100 calls was maybe 3 times.

10034

People don't seem to care about disturbing their neighbors. Fireworks, engines revving, blasting music.

10040

Much more jittery over the last year when fireworks and modified car exhaust took over my life

10034
- 20+ years here

The fireworks in 2020 were absolutely insane, as have street racers been and street parties

10033

I'm distressed about the fireworks all summer and the cars without mufflers all night long

10034
- 30+ year resident

Most of the noise is generated by young males; uncontrolled testosterone.

10040
- A citizen who cares about the neighborhood

Double parking blocking the narrow streets results in long, repeated horn honking.

10034

Music blaring from vehicles. Sometimes I try earplugs, but that is not always effectiv

10034
- Andrea F.

Noise in the neighborhood is a serious issue. The stress and anxiety is unbearable.

10040

The loud music played in Inwood Hill Park all night was unbearable and relentless.

10034
- 25+ years here, native

It’s time we do something about this ..... we can’t continue to live like this

10034
- 30+ year resident, Latina

Noise cancelling headphones were the only thing that helped at all last summer

10040

Tackling this issue is about creating a community that works together for the better of everyone

10034

I've tried speaking with the people making noise and have had mixed results.

10040
- W. Magro

I've found absolutely no resolution. And the trash from people hanging out on the street is outrageous.

10034
- 20+ years here

Revving engines, loud mufflers, fireworks and music wake up my child.

10034
- Jaime, 20+ years here

The fireworks are bad. I have had M80s go off right next to my window

10034
- 25+ year resident

Loss of quality of life in my apartment and for my partner and pets

10032

So many car noises. It echoes and shakes the walls in my apartment

10034

I miss not even being able to watch a TV show in peace - silly but sad....

10034
- Moving

drivers blowing their horns at other drivers, especially on weekends

10034
- 20+ years here

Henry Hudson Parkway noise, from souped-up cars and motorcycles

10034

Motorcycles! In large groups, driving recklessly - and fire works!

10034
- 20+ year resident

The fireworks and the cars without mufflers are so upsetting.

10034

Cars with loud music are the worst problem in this area.

10040

Fireworks kept us awake all last year. It was miserable

10040
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Cars with enormous woofers. Drag racing on Broadway.

10034
- 15+ year resident

I have angry neighbors. The noise only worsens this.

10034
- 15+ year resident

The drag racing is constant. Very loud at all hours.

10040

It is a huge disrespect to other community members

10034

Sparks were hitting my 5th floor window.

10040
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Makes it difficult to clear my mind

10032

I CAN NOT SLEEP

10034
- Gavin C., 15+ year resident

The most frustrating thing is the true lack of respect and acknowledgement of other humans when people choose to fix their cars to make excessive noise, revving their engines/blasting their stereos/and setting off fireworks at unreasonable hours and without any concern for safety or well being for anyone. It affects everyone. Lack of sleep/disruptive sleep is so bad for your health and mental well being, dealing with that on top of the challenges of the past year with the pandemic is a lot to ask all the residents of this area, especially those that work in the medical field or are essential workers that need EXTRA sleep and rest to deal with the stresses they've seen. This is such a neat part of NYC lots of good people in the neighborhood, and when things are normal city noise levels its fine, the nearby parks offer such peace. With the excessive noise issue, my husband and I aren't sure how long we want to stay if the lack of respect for the community continues with little response from elected officials or law enforcement.

10034

Late night noise from groups trespassing into Jacob Javits playground & basketball courts on Fort Washington Ave / Margaret Corbin Drive. The facility officially closes at dark; however, people regularly jump the short fence at night. The disruption from extremely loud music, yelling, and game noise disturbs our sleep and ability to relax in our home. It happens daily, and lasts all night into the early morning hours. We need enforcement of the facility's closing hours so that neighbors are not harassed by regular noise.

10040
- K. Malina

I was attacked in January, and I only stay at my apartment 3-4 days now

10040
- Jeff D.

Since a shooting about a month ago, the police have been parked on our block 24/7, and the loud music on the street has stopped. But the mufflers and dirt bikes aren't enforced by the cruiser on the block, so that noise persists.

10034