One noisy Queens block

Since Sunday, July 1, Queens is whole lot quieter - by law!
You can stop laughing now.
Don’t get us wrong, we wholeheartedly applaud the new noise code as a long overdue step in the right direction.
It has effectively stopped the dread “Mr. Softee” ice cream trucks from playing their jingle endlessly while they serve their eager little customers and their parents. All the bars and clubs will have to tone it down which is a good thing.
We are sure that every single supervisor at all the construction sites in Queens is busily working on ways to lessen noise at job sites. Think quiet nail guns, cushioned lumber, muffled jackhammers and rubber mallets inside of 20-ounce hammers.
Trash trucks and motorcycles will be on their best behavior, especially during the night and early-morning hours. Sure, they will. The commercial carters that service the stores along Horace Harding Boulevard on either side of 159th Street near Queens College seem to have missed the announcement of the new law or they simply cannot read! The law says no noise at night or in the early-morning hours.
United Sanitation trucks still show up between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. with their annoying beep-beep-beep backup warnings, their crashing and booming noises as they lift and empty the store dumpsters. You cannot sleep through these noises.
Adding to the ongoing commercial trash pickup racket are our very own Sanitation Department trucks, both for garbage and recycling pick-ups. On July 4, one came down 159th Street just off Horace Harding at around 3 a.m. emptying garbage cans and tossing them onto the sidewalks, only to be followed by a second truck at 4:10 a.m. that was even noisier than the first.
Drivers blow their horns and set off their car alarms all day long and on weekends too. The noise from the jets overhead and the traffic on the L.I.E. do not seem to be covered under the new noise statutes.
Neither is the noise from the police cars of the 109th and 107th Precincts, which “Whoop - Whoop - Whoop” their sirens all night long, as they roll through the red light at the L.I.E. pedestrian bridge crossing on the corner of 159th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway westbound service road.
Calling 3-1-1, want a noisy street? Come to 159th Street north of the L.I.E. service road westbound and get an earful. The residents that live there do - every day and every night!

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