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Concert Noise

Dean Street between 6th & Carlton Aves.
October 1, 2012 - 12:00pm

The concert last night was clearly audible from inside my apartment, even with the windows closed.

The nature of the threat posed by the incident or impact.
Local community
More than once
Public health


Priority: -> normal
State: -> Active
Client: -> Public
Assigned: unassigned -> Peter K.

I have litigated noise cases. I believe that the sound levels from Barclays Center are subject to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Noise Code, with respect to commercial music. I do not believe that the zoning override to build the place also overrides current NYC Noise Laws. That has to be checked.

In NYC, commercial music/sound is measured in octave bands, rather than on a weighted average. This means that the low-frequency roar that I heard on the You-Tube video would be separately measured. This is a higher standard and benefits the public.

Noise in excess of lawful limits can be enjoined in court. Under law, excess noise is a tort called nuisance.