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Survey Finds Many NYers Fed Up with City Noise

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A new Health Department survey shows nearly 40 percent of New Yorkers have a problem with how noisy the city can be.

The report says Manhattan is the loudest borough, with Brooklyn coming in second.

Residents are most likely to complain about traffic noise.

Noisy neighbors and sirens are also commonly reported disturbances.

Some city residents say noise is a nuisance, but others say it's a part of city life.

"What we do get is a lot of construction noise, so ConEd will begin working very late at night into the wee hours of the morning doing repairs and that is very noisy," said one New Yorker.

"Fire trucks have always done a good job in terms of trying not to turn their horns on when they're so close to a neighborhood that they live in so, it's gotten better," said another new Yorker.

"I think in general we are, in New York, used to a lot of noise whether it be air conditioners on rooftops, construction on the street, or even just the wind," noted a third New Yorker.

The report says frequent noise disturbances can lead to health consequences like sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, and higher blood pressure.

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