Brooklyn Heights Blog » Noise Dispatches from America's first suburb Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:29:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Police Emergency” Caused Helicopter Noise Tonight Sat, 09 Sep 2017 02:21:35 +0000

Having heard the noise from the helicopter hovering for hours over the Downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Heights border, and having received complaints from readers, your correspondent called the 84th Precinct, and was told it was because of a “police emergency.” I asked if I could be told the nature of the emergency, and was told I may get a call back. If and when I do, I will update.

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Loud Noise From Pier 15 Assaulting Heights, Again Sat, 27 May 2017 23:30:05 +0000

If you’ve noticed a loud, rhythmic noise coming from the direction of the East River today, it appears to be a repeat of a problem we had last Labor Day weekend. As best I could determine, the source is the same: Pier 15 (my photo was taken this evening, and shows a large crowd there). My wife made a 311 report and spoke with someone she said was very helpful; she later got an e-mail saying police had been notified. We also left a message for State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s staff; his district includes both Brooklyn Heights and lower Manhattan.

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Pierrepont Playground Closed This Week Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:18:49 +0000

We have this news from the Brooklyn Heights Association:

At the request of the BHA, the NYC Parks Department has begun a week-long repair of Pierrepont Playground beginnng today to make it a safer and more resilient recreational space.

The repairs include creating a more level rubberized surface where tree roots have pushed up, improving drainage, and strengthening the gate. Barring unforseen problems, the project is expected to be completed on Friday, October 7th. In the interim, Harry Chapin Playground at Middagh & Columbia Heights and the Adam Yauch Park at State & Columbia Place remain open for restless kids to use.

The BHA took action to have the playground repaired after local residents complained of noise and possible unsafe conditions from deteriorated equipment.

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Sen. Squadron Gives Update on Noise From Watermark Bar Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:24:09 +0000

We’ve been contacted by State Senator Daniel Squadron’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director, Zeeshan Ott, who gave us the following information regarding the Watermark Bar, which was the source of the noise assaulting Brooklyn Heights one week ago. There was a meeting between Squadron’s office, Brooklyn Community Board 2, Manhattan Community Board 1 (lower Manhattan is also affected by the noise), the Brooklyn Heights Association, and Manhattan NYPD Precinct 1 (which has jurisdiction over Watermark), on the one side, and Watermark. He advised us that Watermark, which has an event scheduled this weekend and another the following, has agreed to direct its speaker away from Brooklyn, and to send out sound engineers to measure noise. They have also provided an e-mail address,, and phone number, 646-632-2547, to which you may send noise complaints. Please also contact Sen. Squadron’s office at with any complaints.

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Loud Party Noise Assaulting Brooklyn Heights from Across East River Fri, 02 Sep 2016 01:29:48 +0000

That bright blue light in the center of the photo, which your correspondent took from the roof of his building, appears to be the source of the amazingly loud party noise pounding the Heights this (Thursday) evening. As best I can determine this is the Watermark Bar, located on Pier 15, which is also a dock for Hornblower Cruises NYC.

I tried to phone Watermark–212-742-8200–and after many rings got a message that no one was available to take a call. I’ve submitted an on-line 311 report.

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