Some Get Upset, But Some Say It’s Okay: Chiquis

In Bushwick it is very common to see and hear scenes like this of cars playing loud music or pedestrians charging horns with music in the streets.

But apparently, as a result of the pandemic, the cases of people making a lot of noise or at least the complaints about it have increased.

“Too high, that reggaeton is in fashion, but, all that, urban, all that is that they sometimes make you deaf,” said a neighbor.

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And it is that only in June there have been more than 175 noise complaints registered in this neighborhood. This is part of an increase in complaints in the city.

And it is that in 2020 there were 80% more complaints due to high noise levels, unlike in 2019 before the pandemic.

“Before the pandemic there were already those noises, they stopped a bit but then they kind of came louder … Even if I close the window, the noises are still heard, so it does affect a lot,” said another neighbor.

In the María Hernandez park we met ‘Chiquis’ at noon, a Mexican who after finishing his work came with his friends and his horn to rest.

“Some get upset but some say it’s okay, ‘good’,” said Chiquis.

The sound of its horn can be heard from outside the park, but this time it seems not to bother those who sunbathe next to them. Listening to loud music, they say, is necessary to regain your spirits after the pandemic.

“That helps people because I fell into depression, being locked up at home, and coming here to listen to music relaxes us for a while,” added Chiquis. “And we make people happy, not only are you happy, you make people happy. everyone”.

The reports of excessive noise reported by 311 are from music in cars or horns, to motorcycle groups, street parties and in houses and fireworks, among others.

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