Residents of Washington Heights in Manhattan are incensed by persistent noise from helicopters—after they were relocated from flying over Brooklyn Heights, Midtown and lower Manhattan. DNAInfo reports that in April 2010, the Economic Development Corp. instituted new routes for the noisy whirlybirds after consistent complaints from Brooklyn politicians. The new plan specified that tours from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport could not fly over those affected regions and instead, were directed north.
Now, uptown Manhattan residents are mounting their own petition against what they say is an excessive flight pattern. Sightseeing helicopters flying over the historic 155th Street and Riverside Drive corridor have created such a disturbance—one resident claims to have counted 67 flyovers in a three-hour period—that community members are asking for a ban on the helicopters. “It is like we live in a war zone,” said Renée Davis on Riverside Drive & West 156th Street.
Opponents point to the heliport’s $45 million contributed annually to the city’s economy. Read the full story here.