New York City Noise Complaints Skyrocket on Fourth of July

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June 29, 2018

Though illegal fireworks complaints are relatively small on Independence Day, complaints about loud music and parties soar on the holiday.

– There were 2,000 complaints about loud music and parties last Fourth, which was 3.6 times higher than the city’s daily average.

Though the five boroughs can feel deserted during the Fourth of July, the city is anything but quiet.

The noise isn’t just coming from the blasts of the Macy’s fireworks over the East River. Rather there are parties galore in backyards and bars raging into the night.

Localize.city, a website that uses artificial intelligence to provide buyers and renters with critical details for every home, found that there were more 311 complaints, on average, about loud music and parties on Independence Day (and night) than any other date over the past five years.

The city saw nearly 2,000 complaints for loud music and parties on July 4th last year. That compares to a daily average of 550 complaints of loud music and parties. That translates into nearly 3.6 times more complaints on the Fourth than other days.

“Complaints about loud noise and parties on the Fourth tend to be much higher than any other day,” said Localize.city president Steve Kalifowitz. “The noisy hot spots may change year-to-year as parties move around, but one thing is clear: wherever the party goes, many New Yorkers wish it went somewhere else.”

These parties might be skipping fireworks. When it comes to complaints about illegal sparklers, the numbers were fairly paltry. Only 26 complaints about fireworks were filed on last year’s Fourth.

Borough Breakdown

Complaint rates — the number of complaints per 1,000 residents — for loud music and parties were highest in the Bronx last year, followed by Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Staten Island, however, saw the largest increase in its complaints on the Fourth compared to the borough’s average. The borough saw a 500 percent increase in complaints compared to the average.

Brooklyn came next, seeing three times more complaints on July 4th compared to other days.

Top 10 Neighborhoods for Complaints per 1,000 Residents

Inwood and Washington Heights had the highest complaint rates in the city on the Fourth. Both Northern Manhattan neighborhoods saw roughly one complaint per 1,000 residents on the holiday last year. The number of complaints in both neighborhoods was nearly five times higher than average.

Some particular complaint hot spots in Washington Heights were around Ellwood Street and Arden Street, not far from the notoriously loud strip of restaurants along Dyckman Street.

Norwood, in the northwest Bronx, saw the biggest increase in complaints on the Fourth compared to other days of the year, followed by Cypress Hills in Brooklyn and Highbridge in the South Bronx.

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