New York City, New York (WiredPRNews.com) — Veronica Conant, a resident in the midtown co-op, considered the option of abandoning her home after being awakened by the disturbing sounds of crunching by privately owned garbage trucks outside of her window.
Conant commented, “the day after I moved in I wanted to move away.” Instead of deciding to vacate her house, she made a wise decision to invest in double-paned windows to block out as much sound as possible. “It was just unbearable. I couldn’t even hear the 11 o’clock news on the television I was trying to watch-–that’s how bad it was,” Conant said.
As per the reports of the Department of Environmental Protection, the bangs, beeps and grinds of the privately owned garbage vehicles have become a regular phenomenon for the growing number of new Yorkers. The complaints about the noise have steeply shot up by 40 percent within a year.
According to the department, the prime reason for the steep spikes in complaints is the fact that number of residential units are mushrooming at a fast rate in the former commercial areas including midtown and Manhattan.
Officials also brought focus to the booming construction trend and a well-known variation in the code of noise last year which appears to have generated more complaints of noise.
Regarding this issue, Gerry Keplin, director of the Environmental Department’s division of air and noise enforcement, commented “It’s hard to say that the problem has increased — I think that people’s awareness has been heightened.”
Officials also stated that during the past year, a lesser number of New Yorkers (1,354) lodged complaints as compared to this year (24,285).
Still, many of the residents have been complaining about the problem of private owned trucks for a long time. Michael Gross, an author who resides in Columbus Circle, said “We don’t want to put them out of business. We just want to get a good night’s sleep.”