First Presbyterian Church’s Concert Series Raises Noise Concern

A new summer music series outside the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn on Henry Street has at least one neighbor upset.

Reader Azaro Mendoza writes:

The ceremony involved several live singers and an amplified combo, and was intrusively audible at least half a block away, where I live. I hasten to mention that I enjoy music in appropriate environments and usually value having the Presbyterian Church as a neighbor. But I also work at home– as a writer and journalist– and feel I should be able to do so in peace and quiet. I don’t believe that anyone making such a loud, intrusive noise would be welcome on Henry Street, even those engaged in public Christian worship.

A call to the church confirmed there are no plans to put a halt on the series, which will run Thursdays at 7 p.m. until the end of August. Did you hear the concert last night? Anyone else bothered by the noise?

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  • XYZ

    Because you are working at home means there should not be any options for me to enjoy myself? Move to Vermont. You can have all the peace and silence you need.

    I do not like the car noise on my street when I sleep. I think all of Brooklyn Heights should be a pedestrian zone.

  • The Where

    Says he/she is a journalist yet a google search for the name only yields… THIS STORY. Huh?

  • alex

    Eh… we live in a city. There will be noises. So it goes.

    Plus, 7 p.m. isn’t really a time you can play the “I work at home and need quiet” card.

  • Adam

    again, i do not understand why some residents of this neighborhood feel as though they live in westchester. move upstate, or realize that you live in NEW YORK CITY.

  • Robert

    I don’t work at home, but do live near the church and the music is VERY loud. And it’s much more obtrusive than regular “city” noise. City noise is fine, we choose to live in it, but amplified music – even if it’s good – isn’t always tolerable.

    I think they’ve got all the windows open during the concerts, too.

  • brooklynite

    This is the kind of thing that you have to expect to happen once in a while when you live in NYC. Yes it is loud, but it isn’t permanent nor is it lasting until the wee hours of the morning. You just have to close your windows and turn a fan on. Or better yet go for a nice walk in the neighborhood. Life is full of tiny inconveniences. So I can sympathize that you are being disturbed but you are just going to have to get over it for now.

  • Claude Scales

    Oh, for those halcyon days when “There was music in the cafes at night/ And revolution in the air.”

  • AEB

    Re Claude’s evocation, the pinata has been struck and its contents are here:

  • BK

    How silly is this complaint! We live in New York! Yes, my quiet time has been bugged by construction, the Assumption’s singing, people on my roof having fun. Yes, but we are in New York. It’s part of the bargaining balance. Sheesh.

  • Bart

    I have to agree with the majority of posters: this is New York City and some noise is to be expected. Granted we probably chose to live in the Heights because by New York standards it is rather quiet. But I can’t see the purpose of complaining when there are sounds that are not to your liking. In this case just shut the windows, turn on the AC, play a Telemann Concerto Grosso and move on. We thrive in this because we’ve figured out ways to selectively tune out noises, sights, smells, and people who would drive more fragile souls crazy.