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New York: The City that should be Quiet

In a New York Times article, it was reported that the city of New York never shuts up. This is a whimsical take on the phrase: “the city that never sleeps”. Apparently, many people do not always like the fast life and constant movement that the city offers to resident. Lately, a lot of these individuals have been voicing their concerns over this issue.

One New York resident stated that their right to peace and quiet has been violated. This resident lives in the Upper East Side of the city. He said that the noise problem has been an ongoing issue for a few years. Many residents share his view.

The fact is that 10 million people live in and around the greater New York City area. With so many people constantly out on the street at all times of the day and night; it is kind of hard to get any peace and quiet at all.

Traffic is always a problem in New York. Millions of people hit the roads every day the congestion rarely (if ever) slows down or stops. Millions of cars produce lots of noise. Trucks roaring down the street, school bus motors can be heard from August to May and the humming of buses add to the noise pollution as well.

There are hundreds of thousands of people talking on the streets at any given time. Some of these people are yelling and screaming at each other or for no reason at all. Then there are vendors, car stereo music, construction work noises and the whistles from traffic cops guiding cars through the area. New York is a noisy place and this way of life is not going to change any time soon.

The city council is trying to change this situation by enforcing noise ordinances. However, these ordinances are great for collecting extra revenue but not for keeping the city quiet. Hopefully, New Yorkers will get the message and cut out the ruckus. If not, the city will never shut up and go to sleep and continue on doing what it does best – that is making a lot of noise and keeping people up.