Operation Silent Night

On October 2, 2002, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, the city that never sleeps, launched Operation Silent Night. The enforcement program is a coordinated citywide quality of life initiative to combat loud and excessive noise in New York City. The program targets 24 zones plagued by chronic and disruptive noise throughout the five boroughs. The New York Quality of Life Hotline received some 97,000 complaints last year, 83 % of which were noise complaints.

"As we continue to attack offenses such as prostitution and drug dealing to improve New Yorkers' quality of life, we must also target other chronic and disruptive problems like noise," Mayor Bloomberg said. "Operation Silent Night aims to effectively fight and control the loud, excessive noise that plagues too many neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. This coordinated, multi- agency initiative will specifically target those locations where noise adversely affects our everyday lives so New Yorkers may live, work, and enjoy the city in peace."

Operation Silent Night will concentrate enforcement efforts on those areas where loud and excessive noise is chronic and most disruptive, with the first phase focusing on 24 high noise zones throughout the city. Noise complaints currently range from noise emanating from bars, clubs, restaurants, and car and motorcycle engines and horns, to music from personal stereos, automobile sound systems, and storefront speakers, to disorderly groups and individuals.

Enforcement measures will vary according to specific noise conditions in each identified location, and may include sound meters, vehicle checkpoints and monitoring at intersections, towing of vehicles, seizure of audio devices, summonses, and arrests.

To Our US Members:
Please continue to request the reinstatement of the noise control office at the EPA! You may also be interested in participating in our "Ouiet-List", an Internet forum for the exchange of relevant information and ideas. Please check our website for more information.

Love Parade Noise Gave Zoo Animals Diarrhea

Vets at Berlin Zoo have blamed noise from the city's 800,000 strong Love Parade for giving more than half of its animals diarrhea. Chairman Heiner Kloes said vets told him the heavy bass was to blame for disturbing the animals.

Mr Kloes said: "The music was just too loud for the sensitive inhabitants of this zoo." He noted the worst hit by the problem were the bears, closely followed by the elephants.

-www.ananova.com, July 24, 2001

During a performance at the Vancouver Academy of Music ("Music in the Morning" series) on Feb. 27, 2003, renowned (Austrian born) Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti announced: "If it is hot here it may be my fault. You can't have a magic moment with the ventilators running." He requested the ventilators be turned off so that their noise would not disturb the performance. Our compliments!

Another Toy for the Noise Addicted

Nostalgia buffs may soon be able to hear the sound of their favorite vintage cars every time they take a drive.

Jay and Jason Plugge of Sunnyvale, California, have invented a car radio that plays "the endearing and unique audible sound signatures of classic cars, such as Ferraris and Corvettes, from the 50s, 60s and 70s."

Sensors measure the engine's revs, so the recorded growls grow louder as the driver accelerates.

-Globe & Mail, December 6, 2002

Right to Quiet Society Newsletter, Spring 2003

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