423 Broome Street Manhattan, New York, NY
For the whole two miles east from the Holland Tunnel all the way past Chrystie Street, traffic is three cars wide and the drivers block each grid throughout weekends, and THEY HONK CONTINUOUSLY.
Rarely traffic cops are assigned to direct the flow, though cops are sometimes observing cell phone use of drivers, they usually stay in the shade in a group of 4, or inside their cars parked on the sidestreet. The honking noise is horrible. There are DOT signs posted that there is a '$350 FINE FOR HONKING' , at Broadway and Broome, and two 'NO HONKING SIGNS" up Lafayette and Prince near the Fire Department, and why is a 'NO HONKING $350 FINE' sign posted on Thompson Street (West of West Broadway) a one-lane North-South street?! WHY don't they enforce the no honking and get those good fines?
502 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY
On this stretch of CIA, there are constantly cars parked perpendicular to traffic jutting out into traffic, causing backups and potential accidents. This is just one example, but any time you drive down CIA you'll see the same.
18 Morningside Ave New York, NY 10026, USA
This morning I was walking in the park, and I realize how durty the park was with all the trash spread all over the ground! It's a shame that people don't have more respect to the enviromnent where we are living!
Why are we allowing barbecuing knowing it will destroy the park and increase its budget to hire the personal to clean after. Will it be more intellignet to spend this money on re-planting where it needs?
But more importantly, I saw this morning empty bottles of liquor and plenty of empty cans of beers. I thought alchool was forbitten in the park? Why don't we re-inforce the rules in this park? I see police car and park official drinving by but none of them are saying anything. What's wrong with it? Are we in a no men law area? Last night i came back at 10:30pm at home, and there were right front of our building a group of barbercue lovers enjoying the evening with their music at lound. Again I though the park was closing after 10:00pm and also I though the loud speakers were forebiden.
I'm wondering what's coming next?
42 Troutman St Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
This building is boarded up and unoccupied. There is more and more illegal dumping happening in the front patio of this address every day. It is getting out of hand.
Park Ave South & 17th New York, NY
Restaurant exhaust is positioned directly into office buildings on Park Ave South. Cannot open windows. Exhaust coming from Bread & Butter restaurant.
26 Newkirk Plaza Brooklyn , New York
the cement support for the fences around the Q train line at Newkirk Plaza are cracked and deteriorating. you can see some from the street level, from the Chase bank to the toll house. you can see more breaks looking up from the train platforms.
643 W. 172nd St. New York, NY
New York is drenched in unnecessary honking, but in Washington Heights the problem is simply unbearable. Since the neighborhood is served by very few yellow cabs, hundreds of gypsy cabs ply the streets and honk whenever they see someone standing on the sidewalk to get their attention. This is a poor business practice and a non-stop, round-the-clock source of noise that seems to penetrate into every apartment in the neighborhood.
Aside from gypsy cabs, many motorists in the neighborhood are in the habit of pulling up outside someone's apartment and using their car horn as a doorbell. This is gratuitous and very unfair. There is no need to announce your arrival to every single person on the street and bludgeon their ears with your car horn. Traffic citations should be issued for this practice.
The third vector of the honking plague is simply motorist anger, aggression, and impatience. Hesitating for more than a nanosecond at a green light, attempting to change lanes, double parking for 2 seconds to drop someone off, etc., etc., are all occasion for you, and everyone within earshot, to endure a vicious aural assault. This of course happens throughout the city, but in a honking hotspot like Washington Heights, it really adds insult to injury.
Excessive noise is more than a nuisance, particularly when it drifts in through windows and walls into your home. It has been associated with increased blood pressure, difficulty focusing on and completing tasks, and a sense of hopelessness. To say nothing of its effect on sleep. According to the NY Times, the city has anti honking ordinance, but it is not enforced:
In tonier neighborhoods, there are signs warning of fines for unlawful honking. I'm not implying that these signs are actually observed, but at least they have some sort of calming effect in nice neighborhoods. But in poor areas like Washington Heights, already under stress from a host of other social problems, unmitigated honking has reached an absolutely intolerable level.
Cynics will scoff at any serious effort to curb honking in NY City. Others will even embrace honking as an indelible part of NY's distinctive urban fabric. I disagree. I think honking can and should be muzzled. I consider it a public health issue, not merely a quality of life issue. If you agree that a campaign should be waged against honking, vote for this issue on SCF.
Speaking more generally, if NY City wants to take itself seriously as a pedestrian and transit-oriented town, instead of continuing to kowtow to the automobile, then motorists need to know that if they're driving through the city they need to treat it with respect (this also applies to the reckless speeding and maneuvering that is pandemic in NYC).
Al Lewis Playground Roosevelt Island , New York
Dangerous hole in fence separating handball courts from playground. Please fix! Children run into handball games and hole isn't large enough for adult to run after them. Thank you!
- Acknowledged by: Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York