With the arrival of warm weather comes a wave of noise complaints from residents of Woodhaven. And the 102 Precinct gets deluged every night, but particularly weekends, by 311 Noise complaints. Captain Martin Briffa of the 102 told us this week that on this past Saturday Night (June 16th) the 102 Precinct had 17 concurrent noise complaints. It's a problem that's spiraled out of control.
Take a look at the following map, which highlights the locations of residential noise complaints in Woodhaven since the beginning of May. Larger yellow circles represent a higher number of calls.
The WRBA is working closely with the 102 Precinct, speaking with them regularly over the past few weeks. They are working hard on the problem and we are very happy to report that they issued 11 summonses this past weekend -- at $150 a pop! We are hopeful that this tactic continues and alters the behavior of chronic noise abusers.
Other chronic noise abusers received personal visits from the 102 Precinct and were issued warnings. If you have a chronic noise abuser on your block, and you are frustrated -- tortured by loud parties that go on until all hours of the night -- you should work with the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association. We have handed over a list of chronic noise abusers to the 102 Precinct -- these are locations that (a) residents have reported to us; and (b) have multiple 311 reports.
You need to call 311. We've spoken to residents who say calling 311 is a waste of time, but if you feel that way you are not looking at the big picture. Calling 311 helps to build a case against chronic noise abusers and makes it easier to resolve those issues.
If you have a chronic noise abuser on your block, contact the WRBA -- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 718-296-3735. We can't promise that the noise will cease immediately -- but we can promise it will get attention and that's the 1st step to solving the problem.
If you do not work with the WRBA, you will be working on your own to resolve your problem -- making it much more likely that you will have a noisy summer.