Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Scourge in the Waterfront: Helicopter Noise

It's bad enough that we suffer the nuisance of the giant salt pile, truckers ignoring the truck routes to use narrow Columbia Street and drivers attempting to avoid BQE congestion.  Now we must suffer the incessant noise of helicopters toting tourists around the harbor.

The flyovers on Saturday and Sunday occurred at roughly 3 - 5 minute intervals.  It may be that the milder weather has made this problem more apparent here.  It is not a new issue, however.  See this article in the Brooklyn Heights Blog, this statement from EDC and their helicopter sightseeing plan.

Take note that the plan requires helicopters to take off to the south and maximize distance from Brooklyn Bridge Park and not fly over Brooklyn.

To register complaints about the noise, call 311.  It helps to identify the helicopters, if possible.  This shouldn't be too hard, some of them seemed to be flying at an altitude of only a few hundred feet.

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