Archive for the ‘Noise’ Category

Woodhaven Noise Survey

June 7, 2013

Noise has been a persistent ongoing problem in Woodhaven — and now that the warmer weather is here, we’re bound to hear more of it.  We’d like to try something here, a survey — we hope to gather some basic information about noise in our community.  Please take a few moments to fill out this brief survey.



Woodhaven Fights Noise Online

July 24, 2011


You’re getting ready for bed, but you know you won’t be getting any sleep because — once again — there’s a huge party on your block. It’s after midnight, they’ve got 3 dozen people in their backyard, they’ve got 6-foot tall speakers, and the music is rattling your window.

You think about calling 311 but you remember what happened the last time you called — you were on hold for 35 minutes before you gave up. And even if you got through, the police aren’t going to respond that evening. But it is very important that you, and your neighbors, make it known who is making life miserable in Woodhaven.

So, here’s some instructions on how you can quickly and easily file the noise complaint online.

Note: This is not going to solve the noise problem in Woodhaven. It will take a number of different approaches. But all roads lead back to having a solid database of chronic noise offenders. If we don’t file noise complaints — and keep track of them — they will never get resolved.

Entering a Noise Complaint Online

1) Click here to access 311’s Night Noise Survey.

2) Enter a description of the noise — and enter the date and time. Then click the arrow to move to the next screen.

3) At the next screen identify the type of location, the borough, the street address and any other pertinent information about the location.  (Note: We have blurred out the address in the image below). It is extremely important that you enter the exact address. Once you are done with this screen, click the arrow.

Once you click the arrow, 311 will verify the street address you entered. This may take a moment or two — be patient.

4) Next, review all of the information that you’ve entered. If you spot a mistake, you can click edit to go back and change it. When finished, you need to look at the letters in the graphic, enter it into the box, and click Submit Form.

The 311 system will display the following while your complaint is being submitted. Please be patient, it will take a moment or two.

5) Last step, the 311 system will display a message that your complaint has been successfully submitted. It will give you a Service Request Number. You Need To Keep This Number and Report It To The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

You can e-mail it to the WRBA at Or, you can call the WRBA at 718-296-3735 (if no one answers, leave a message).

Please pass along (1) the street address as well as (2) the Service Request Number.

The WRBA will build a database of chronic noise locations and advocate on your behalf that action be taken. And once increased fines are in place, thanks to Councilman Eric Ulrich’s pending change to the Noise Bill, these locations will be visited.

Here is a brief video showing you how easy it is to enter a noise complaint online:

Pass this link along to your friends and (especially) your neighbors. Let’s start building that database.

Click here for a printable version of these instructions.


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Photos by Joey Wendell

4 Is Not Enough

June 22, 2011

In recent weeks, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association have been hearing more and more complaints about noise. This week, we began collecting statements from residents to be used in testimony in front of the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection in relation to the noise control code. The response in the last 24 hours has been strong — with some very vivid descriptions of the degradation of quality of life because of noise. Many thanks to all who have written in, it will help put together an impressive message from the residents of Woodhaven. To those who have yet to submit their thoughts, you have until 5 PM tomorrow — sent it to

One of the common complaints that we’ve received is that when 311 is called, or even if the Precinct is called directly, a response is not immediate. Or sometimes not at all. That’s because Noise Complaints are treated as non-emergency, and the 102 is not adequately staffed to handle non-emergencies.

So that raised a question that we posed last night on Facebook. It read as follows: Think of the size of Woodhaven — from 75th to 100th St — from Park Lane South to Atlantic Avenue. During an average shift, how many patrol cars do you think would be sufficient to cover Woodhaven? The majority of the answers were in the 5 to 8 range, meaning that it should take 5 to 8 patrol cars to cover Woodhaven.

So, let’s measure this against reality — just how many cars does the 102 have out on patrol?

Would it surprise you if we told you 4 patrol cars? Because that’s how many are out there.

For the entire 102nd Precinct. 

Covering Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, and the Northern part of Ozone Park.

4 patrol cars.   Covering this area.

That’s inadequate. We salute the 102 for their hard work and hearing this makes us further appreciate everything they do. It also makes us realize that on top of calling for increased fines for noise violations, we need to call for more patrol cars, and more police to handle emergency situations — and we need to call for noise violations to be handled by a different agency.

D e v e l o p i n g  .  .  .

Send Us Your Noise Complaints

June 21, 2011

The most common complaint received by the WRBA from residents of Woodhaven is Noise. Please take a few moments to answer one or more of the following questions —

  • How have noise conditions in Woodhaven adversely effected your quality of life?
  • Do you think enough is done to handle noise complaints?
  • Do you feel noise conditions have gotten better or worse over the last 3-5 years?
  • What steps would you like to see taken to improve noise conditions in Woodhaven?

Please send your replies to no later than 5 PM EST THURSDAY JUNE 23rd. If you feel comfortable doing so, please include what street you live on — but it is not necessary.

These statements will be used in testimony in front of the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection in relation to the noise control code next week, hence the deadline.

Your testimony is important.