New York City is home to 8.5 million people and a quarter of a million traffic lights, making it one of the largest and most dense cities in the world, as well as most congested.
When it comes to New York City, it seems everyone you know has a story to tell about the Big Apple. Listen carefully; the tales have been repeated with such detail and confidence that you surely already know everything there is to know about the City.
Here are nine things you didn’t know about New York City.
What’s the top complaint about NYC? If you guessed light pollution, traffic congestion, or not having enough hot water in your building, you’re wrong. The number one complaint is noise.
Noise in the city that never sleeps has always been an issue. Noise levels wax and wane throughout the day, as confirmed by the Noise Abatement Committee’s recording of the city’s sounds of construction, traffic, and elevated trains along some 500 miles of streets. As far back as 1929, researchers measured the noise level in Times Square.
New York City finally revised their noise code in 2007. It’s a bit more flexible and enforceable, so hopefully, you’ll be able to get some shut-eye. Unless possibly, you live in Soho, Tribeca or Little Italy – which have the most complaints about noise.