Blogging The NYT: The Noise Children Make

Blogging The NYT: The Noise Children Make

Carrie McBride
Jul 9, 2008

(Photo by Michael Nagle for The New York Times)

Most of us, at one time or another, have dealt with the noisy neighbor. But what if you're the noisy neighbor? The New York Times reports on the increase in noise complaints in the city related to children and the inter-neighbor conflicts that arise when the pitter patter of little feet intrudes on others' sleep and peace.

We're sure this issue is not unique to New York and arises whenever children and adults live in close quarters. Neighbors (usually single or older) understandably want a quiet, peaceful place to live. Families with young children, even if they take measures to be considerate neighbors, feel like they're "walking on eggshells" and constantly curbing the very normal activity of their kids. As Park Slope Mom, Janeen Thompson says, "It's nerve-racking to be constantly shushing my kids and not letting them be normal kids in the morning."

Real estate lawyer, Stuart M. Saft agrees that, perhaps due to New York's changing demographics, the majority of noise complaints he deals with are now child-related instead of stereo and tv-related as they were in the past. An Upper West Side mother in a standoff with her neighbors for years over the noise her children made says things have relaxed now that the neighbors have their own child. "I think you become a more sensitive person when you have a kid — you have to become more tolerant and understanding. You kind of realize that life is not as tidy as you'd like it to be."

You can find the full Times article here.

No matter where you live, have you been on either end of child-related noise complaints? Have you been on both?

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