NY Comptroller: Noise is a serious issue in New York City

And New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s report concludes that silencing excessive NYC noise a major challenge. DiNapoli notes that “[n]oise in New York City is a significant quality of life and public health concern.”

We agree.

So does Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., professor emerita, City University of New York, chair of the Noise Committee of GrowNYC, and co-founder of The Quiet Coalition, who notes that “[r]esearch shows that noise is not only a nuisance, but more importantly, has adverse effects on our mental and physical health.”

You can read DiNapoli’s report here (pdf).


Comments (2)

  1. Harold Smith

    Too bad the City of Toronto doesn’t. They’re resisting attempts to reform the noise by-law despite medical research citied by the Medical Officer of Health demonstrating that excess noise causes not only hearing loss but impairs cardiovascular health, cognitive ability, sleep, mental health, pulmonary systems, etc. The mayor has been silent on improving the noise by-law by to protect Torontonians but advocates for the commercial music industry to have fewer restrictions on amplified sound. So much for a livable city.

    1. GMB (Post author)

      That a shame, particularly in light of the recent study showing commuting noise could cause hearing loss (see here: https://www.silencity.com/tag/commuter-noise/).


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