I take it that you want me to continue with the search,
concentrating on what you can do in NYC.
There are some things on the personal level such as
Aiwa HP-CN5 Noise Canceling Headphone
] (These long [ URLs ]need to be pasted into a browser, without blanks, OK?)
and soundproofing your apartment, double panes etc
Once you have a quiet base at home, you can look around and connect
with like minded people and groups:
Aaron Friedman writes about noise in NYC
Perhaps he can make use of your records.
Sometimes writing brings results and he was effective in this case:
Here are few like-minded organizations:
Transportation Alternatives is a 5500-member NYC-area non-profit
citizens group working for better bicycling,
Community Board Five.
We also represent residential areas with diverse needs. Our district
is the center of New York?s tourism industry. Times Square, the Empire
State Building and three of the regions transportation hubs; Grand
Central Station, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Terminal, all
fall within or lie on the border of Community Board Five...
Noise is a frequent complaint that the Board receives from its
constituents. The City needs a...
NoiseOFF - The Citizens Coalition Against Noise Pollution
Sound & Noise Generation, Propagation & Reduction ...
survey about noise problem in NYC and the nation. ...
While the public is generally unaware of the the noise pollution issue
, public officials, city councils and EPA and health depts. are
familiar with the issues, with the ordinances- and also the problems.
So, new measurements are unlikely to produce action/results,
unless legal limits are exceeded.
The task is to find something ambitious but do-able.
Organize or join a group of like-minded people to work together,
and convince other people that it is worth the effort and cost.
Nearly every person in the United States is affected by
transportation-related noise. It
affects the ability of people to carry on conversations, to
concentrate at work and school,
and to sleep. Urban residents face the most substantial impacts, but
as airports are
expanded and new ones are built, as ground-based infrastructure is
expanded, and with the
likely advent of high-speed rail, it is anticipated that impacts will
expand well beyond the
immediate vicinity of major cities to suburban and rural communities.
Over the past three to four decades, much has been accomplished with regard to
improving the noise climate in the United States, and there are many
offering the possibility of further improvements in the future.
Sound bariers are one solution to noise,
but it is often easier to avoid the creation of sound, than to battle
to suppress it, once it is made.
So, could we adopt something which the other cities have done with
The problem is pervasive, and so we can learn from others' experiences
What about pushing through in NYC, as an experiment,
just one line of a Rubber-tired metro ?
It works elsewhere:
Rubber tires make the Metro exceptionally quiet, and also help the
trains cars go uphill more easily and with less energy consumption
than metal-wheeled metros. It is popularly said that the slopes
required to allow the Yellow Line to pass underneath the Saint
Lawrence River are too steep for steel-wheeled trains, although
steel-wheeled metros negotiate similar slopes in New York City and
Other new technologies can help:
NOISE MITIGATION STRATEGIES-TECHNICAL
Once transport noise has been created, sound barriers are a costly but
Industry can provide the expertise and cost estimates
The task then is to convince the city to spend the money.
Here is how one group (in Florida) started their fight:
First, they need to raise $2,000 for an expert to gather solid proof
that a sound wall or some other kind of barrier is necessary to reduce
the higher noise levels ...
To mobilize the community one can go to local schools, offer lectures,
suggest a few science projects
It will take time- building the capacity to influence public policy
If the approved levels are exceeded, then threat of legal action may help.
What are the approved limits?
...24-234 Rapid transit railroad.
(a) On or before September first nineteen hundred seventy-three, the
commissioner shall define and submit to the city council for enactment
into this code allowable sound levels and acoustical performance
standards for the design and operation of new and existing rapid
transit railroads, including but not limited to allowable sound levels
and acoustical performance standards for rolling stock, track and
track beds, passenger stations, tunnels, elevated structures, yards,
depots and garages.
Allowable sound levels and acoustical performance standards shall be
based on the latest economically feasible and available technology for
noise abatement in rapid transit railroads and on the latest
scientific knowledge useful for indicating the kind and extent of all
effects on public health, welfare, safety and comfort which can be
expected from noises or combinations of noises generated by rapid
But things may change - Here is one powerful ally:
The Politics of Peace and Quiet
Does Bloomberg?s quality-of-life crusade make him more like Giuliani?or less?
Michael Bloomberg?s much-ballyhooed pitch to revise the city?s noise
code for the first time in 32 years gives him a quality-of-life
crusade in the tradition of Rudy Giuliani. But while the noise plan
may turn out to be a winner, staking his political life on comparisons
to Giuliani is a losing proposition...
How and where to Complain (see right bar)
and you can always start a petition
Be prepared: not everyone will agree with your quest:
"..that's what happened. Various financial swells poured into the
neighborhood and refurbished hundred-year-old buildings, instead of
buying in a perfectly orderly quiet restrained neighborhood like the
Upper East Side. And then they started complaining about the noise!
but, in the long run, sensibility may prevail:
Urban Soundscapes: What Should a Public Space Sound Like?
noise ordinances and minimizing impacts. of traffic noise. ...
and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway;
and an extension of New York City?s East River ...
Transporting New York City to a Sustainable Future:
(The rubber tire metro seems to be missing in this study.
It may be possible to convince this expert group to add a chapter on
feasibility of such an experiment.
To have this option included in the city plane, may well be
'the most effective way' to achieve desired change)
You may be the beginning of a wave of change.
Try connecting with some of these folks, and