Many Hoboken sounds are external
Excessive external ambulance noise lowers quality of life in Hoboken
Remember that “Sounds of Hoboken” video I posted last week – depicting some typical daytime sounds, construction and other disruptive noises?
Well this one is for those of you that lay awake at night – perhaps in the warmer weather when your windows are open. And all throughout the night, you hear siren after siren – practically non-stop! You might say to yourself, “Hoboken is such a busy civil service city!”
Not exactly. On a typical weeknight – say, Mondays through Wednesdays – Hoboken itself is surprisingly quiet for a densely populated city. On those nights, radio chatter is very very light within the mile square – with the exception of an occasional fire call (usually false alarm), and other very sporadic EMS call. In fact, earlier this week – there may have been exactly one call between midnight at 6am!
I stressed “within the mile square” above – because a majority of the sirens we all hear citywide – are from ambulances coming in from surrounding cities – like Jersey City Heights, Union City, Weehawken and North Bergen. They’ll come in via the 14th Street Viaduct or over one of the two bridges on Park or Willow. It’s quite annoying, frankly.
Now as you know – in the next couple years – the 14th Street Viaduct is getting re-vamped. I bet one thing they’re not going to do – is consider how loud that elevated roadway is – and that when an ambulance comes screaming down the hill – that the ENTIRE CITY OF HOBOKEN can hear it. Like a loudspeaker amplifying the sounds.
A sound-dampening method has to be deployed to muffle the noise these sirens make all through the wee hours.