Hoboken Legal Beagle – 11/21/2008


I meant to get this puppy up a few days ago – and it slipped my mind!

Calgon take me away!

hoboken-noise.jpg“Dear Hoboken 411 Leagal Beagle:

I live over on Newark and Observer and EVERY morning at 6:00am “IT” begins.

There is a traffic light on Monroe (and Newark) that takes you to The Lincoln Tunnel and Jersey City ect it DOES get a lot of traffic, this I understand. My problem is the traffic cops that direct the traffic by blowing their whistle ever 3 seconds. What happened to simple hand gestures? It’s not like the people in the car can hear the whistle… only the people that live in that area.I work a lot of late nights and to be woken up like that every morning is my own personal torture but I feel worse for the girl living on my hall that is getting over cancer. I’d imagine all she wants to do is rest and get healthy and she has to listen to that every morning!

Most mornings it makes me want to jump off my balcony but I’m afraid the fall would would only leave me mangled and I would have to lay on the concrete and listen to the whistle, everyone honking their horns AND the ambulance sirens that will have to come and save me! I have lived here for a while now and this corner has just gotten unbearable. The amount of construction, cars, buses, whistles etc is enough to drive me crazy. What can I do? (and don’t say sell my place bc we all know that in this economy that is not an option!)”

Hoboken411 Legal Beagle says:

Hoboken411 Legal BeagleO the joys of life in the big and not so big city.

There is no legal way to stop the police from directing traffic. Maybe your city councilperson could help out in this situation, but that would be a long shot and would require you to get other frazzled residents involved.

Your problem is common and short of moving there is no way to stop the outside noise from being noisy.

I did find a possible soundproofing solution called a “sound blanket” that you could order from “Soundproofing America” or if all fails you could pump up the ipod and sing along to this old message about city living:

Broken glass everywhere
People pissing on the stairs, you know they justDont care
I cant take the smell, I cant take the noise
Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice
Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
I tried to get away, but I couldnt get far
Cause the man with the tow-truck repossessed my car

Dont push me, cause Im close to the edge
Im trying not to loose my head
Its like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under

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Friday, November 21, 2008 9:07 pm

I like how the original questioner has to drag the person down the hall with cancer into his/her bitchfest, as if mentioning someone with a disease *who has apparently never complained about the noise as it is only imagined what she thinks about it* will attract some of the cancer sympathy to the complainer.

I sold a condo once in the building at Monroe/Observer, facing the railyard. With the sliding doors open you heard everything, and with them closed, almost nothing.

Close the door and window, put on the AC in the summer, get an air purifier — the side effect of that is a ton of white noise, and it’s good for you — and go find out if there’s anything helpful your neighbor with cancer could use from you instead of disease name-dropping.

Friday, November 21, 2008 5:48 pm

I just have to say that I love “The Message.” Probably the only rap album I ever bought.

Friday, November 21, 2008 12:12 pm

[quote comment=”120150″]1) It’s the Holland Tunnel.
2) That is the absolute worst traffic point in hoboken. Without those cops and their whistles, people would be laying on their horns for 2 hours straight and there would be an extra 30-45mins of traffic there because the drivers are asshats, myself included. Would that be better?
3) Unless things have changed since I moved out, those cops don’t get there and really direct traffic until 720ish, not 6. and they are gone by 830-845ish. Is that really that bad? You moved to an apartment in front of a train yard. Could you really have thought it would be peaceful?[/quote]
I agree with Frink seriously what did you expect living on Observer anyway? Buy earplugs or since you are up so early go to the gym or leave early for work. I bought across from a Fire House and that’s the way it goes….sometimes there is noise its the city deal with it…

Friday, November 21, 2008 11:26 am

[quote comment=”120168″]The maximum permissible sound levels are listed in Hoboken Ordinance § 133-5 and Article VII, Section 7.1, Maximum Permissible Sound Levels by Receiving Land Use, Table 1 of the Noise Control Code for all Municipalities in Hudson County.

You can download them here: http://www.hudsonregional.org/pdf/noisecode.pdf%5B/quote%5D

Please note that traffic noise is exempt from those regulations. I just wanted to point out that “The Beagle” was wrong in saying there is no way to stop outside noise from being noisy.

Friday, November 21, 2008 11:23 am

The maximum permissible sound levels are listed in Hoboken Ordinance § 133-5 and Article VII, Section 7.1, Maximum Permissible Sound Levels by Receiving Land Use, Table 1 of the Noise Control Code for all Municipalities in Hudson County.

You can download them here: http://www.hudsonregional.org/pdf/noisecode.pdf

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