I live on Riverside Drive overlooking Riverside Park- an Olmstead designed gem.
I'm also just a thickheaded working class guy that grew up playing stickball in Queens, a stones throw from LaGuardia.
I'm accustomed to noise.
That said, I was walking my dog in the park yesterday about noon and realized that there was an awful lot of noise over the Hudson.
So, I stopped and looked up at the noise source- helicopters. Lots of them.
Now, I've noticed this before, but for some reason it was more obnoxious than normal- maybe I was cranky , who knows?
So, I took a look at my trusty chronograph watch and ''timed" the intervals between fly overs.
Every 8 to 10 seconds a helicopter was passing either north or south.
The line of tall apartment buildings on Riverside Drive acts as an amplifier - a huge line of megaphones increasing the volume.
I'm writing this at 10:42 AM from my apartment- and outside I can hear helicopters, making the same trip.
This is a residential area, not an industrial area or an area near an airport or military base..
We should not be exposed to this level constant noise.
Anyone ever checked what dB level this noise is? My bet is its illegally high.
Upper West Side
Stop the Chop NYNJ is a local grassroots coalition of NY and NJ residents seeking to educate the public about the adverse effects of helicopters sightseeing tours on the environment and on the health and welfare of the two million people living underneath their Hudson River flight path.