Central Harlem Leads City In Rate Of Noise Complaints

Patch reports that Central Harlem had the highest rate of noise complaints in New York City between 2010 and 2015, according to a new report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

About 82 noise complaints per 1,000 adults per year were made within the confines of Community District 10 — which spans Central Harlem from West 110th to 155th streets between St. Nicholas and Fifth avenues — during the five-year study, according to the state comptroller’s office. The top spot was shared with Community Board 12, which spans Washington Heights and Inwood and also had a rate of 82 complaints per 1,000 adults per year.

“Noise in New York City is a significant quality of life and public health concern,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “This report gathers data that could be used by state and city agencies to focus noise control efforts more effectively. The city has a model noise code and should be commended for taking steps to better enforce local law, but there is more that city agencies can do to control noise disruptions.”

DiNapoli’s report listed nightlife and construction as two of the most common causes for noise complaints. Despite the high rate of complaints, Community Board 10 did not rank as one of the top neighborhoods for either nightlife or construction complaints.

The number of noise complaints per year for the entire city rose from about 200,000 to about 384,000 in the period between 2010 and 2015, according to the state comptroller’s office. The median rate of complaints for all city neighborhoods during this time was 38 complaints per 1,000 adults per year, according to the study.

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