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News flash: New York City is noisy! Apparently many people complain about the noise (about 169,000 complaints to 311), and Mayor Bloomberg, in phase 2 of Operation Silent Night (which sounds more like a death strike), is proposing to change the way charges of excessive noise can be enforced. Summons will now be allowed to issued for "plainly audible" sounds, versus the vague, unenforceable "plainly audible" noise (for example, a loud music could be considered plaingly audible"). Decibel limits on construction equipment would also follow, as well as measuring the noise a collection of equipment emits, instead of measures each of the pieces individually (like the air conditioner and the ventilator together). One TriBeCa resident tells the Daily News, "I have not opened my windows in over 10 years," due to living next to a commercial building.

And just when Gothamist was about to mutter, "Hey, you live in New York - suck it up," the Daily News includes this quote from John Dallas of the Bronx Campaign for Peace and Quiet: "This is New York, where people are supposed to be hardened and used to everything. When you have hard-core lifetime New Yorkers screaming about noise, something is wrong." But did the couple who moved from the Upper West Side to Park Slope's Fifth Avenue in hopes of a quiet, more family oriented really think that gentrification means no loud clubs? However, noise complaints are the number one quality of life issue for New Yorkers, with the most coming from residential parties and loud music, second most from vehicles, followed by clubs.

Gothamist's favorite neighborhood group against noise: OUTRAGE - Organizations United for Trash Reduction And Garbage Equity (" one of several neighborhood groups trying to stem the tide of trucks that shuttle back and forth to trash processing centers"). And 3M Type 1440 Padded Earmuffs reduce sound by 24 decibels.