It won’t be news to most BHB readers, but the helicopter noise problem, which we highlighted early last April, and which was apparently at least partially resolved at the end of that month with an agreement to ban tourist helicopters from flying over Brooklyn, is still with us. Citywide media are now noticing.
New York Daily News: Residents said that after a few months of relative peace, some helicopters again started flying over despite the ban. Some of the noise comes from transportation, emergency, or traffic helicopters, which are still allowed, but residents insist they’ve spotted tourist choppers as well.
“The greatly heralded agreement has been disregarded by many pilots,” said Christa Rice, 70, of Brooklyn Heights. “It’s like a giant screw turning over and over. It comes right into your bedroom, your living room. Everywhere you are you hear it.”
The Daily News article also quotes Brooklyn Bridge Park architect Michael Van Valkenburgh as saying the choppers are “ruining the park’s ‘zen-like connection to the openness of the water'”, and State Senator Daniel Squadron as proclaiming that nothing less than “100% compliance” with the April agreement concerning tour choppers is acceptable. In addition, the article notes complaints coming from Red Hook as well as Brooklyn Heights.