Noise cameras to the rescue?

Photo credit: Dave Dugdale licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition State Senator Andrew Gounardes has introduced state legislation that would increase the fine for modifying vehicle mufflers from $150 to $1,000. Senator Gounardes’ bill would also provide police cars with decibel readers to

NYPD agrees to limit use of LRADs

Photo credit: http://www.peterbergin.com/coppermine/ licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition In an earlier post, I had reported about a court ruling that allowed the plaintiffs in a New York City case, that asked to have long range acoustic devices considered “an excessive force,” to

Real estate company compares noise bylaws of Canadian cities

by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition To allow Canadians to identify less noisy cities, the Canadian real estate marketplace company Zolo examined noise regulations and bylaws centered on vehicle sounds for several populous cities in Canada. The cities chosen: Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Toronto is

Pandemic quiet gave voice to pigeons

Photo credit: Vicky Deshmukh from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition We all know that city dwellers have changed their routines during the pandemic. According to Matthew Rozsa, so have urban pigeons. With more people staying home and fewer cars on the road, cities are less

The sounds of the pandemic year

Photo credit: Tom Leishman from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Early on during the pandemic I began to hear comments from people about the sounds that surrounded them. Some people told me how happy they were to hear birds sing rather than the airplane noise

Rep. Nadler introduces bill to curb helicopter noise

Photo credit: Matthis Volquardsen from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Representative Jerry Nadler has introduced legislation that will impose stricter regulations on helicopter tour flights. The legislation will impose minimum altitude and maximum noise limits on all helicopter flights, easing the discomfort experienced by residents

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