Saturday, April 23, 2011

calling 311

I called 311 about the Ford Windstar with North Carolina plates that parks in front of my place every Saturday. It’s so cute how they read the little spiel to you over and over. I don’t know how much good it does, but I was successful in getting one alarm-happy car off the street through a combination of 311 and a well placed letter to a sympathetic city councilman (Erik Martin Dilan). Frankly I think the letter did more good.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New York City Guide to The New Noise Code: Nothing about Car Alarms

New York City Guide to The New Noise Code

Not a damn word in it about car alarms.  Also, the link to the DEP website listed here is no longer valid. It redirects to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/air_and_noise/index.shtml, which in turn redirects to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/air/index.shtml, which is a page about…air pollution. Great job, NYC.
I “reverse enginnered” the URL to find the actual Noise Complaints page: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/noise/index.shtml . You sure won’t find it by looking in the menu.
Also, what the HELL—are they serious about this? They’re linked to it: http://www.nyccouncil.info/pdf_files/bills/law05113.pdf. It’s some kind of spam advertising page.
NYC: you can do better.

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Monday, April 04, 2011

just so disgusted with the Bushwick neighborhood

The neighborhood where I live, Bushwick, in Brooklyn, is what made me start blogging about the problem of car alarms. It’s a great neighborhood—tons of nice people, anything you want to buy, lots of great Mexican and Ecuadorian food, some fun bars, etc, but for some reason, a few cars around here are so valuable that they need a incredibly sensitive car alarms, and they need to park outside my front door. Look, your car is a minivan, Mr. North Carolina plates ZND-8050: nobody wants to look at your diaper-smelling car, much less steal it. Well, that’s not true, I want to steal it and drive it off a cliff. But anyway, this particular car has earned a special badge of honor: I’ve written a letter to the DEP, and more importantly, to my city councilman, who is quite responsive to letters.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Transportation Alternatives article: Alarmingly Useless: The Case for Banning Car Alarms in NYC

Legal Authority of New York City to Ban Car Alarms

This reads kind of like a law review article. It’s from 2003, so I’m not sure it has done any good, but it’s definintely ranked high by Google.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

An article about noisy neighbors (not car alarms exactly, but interesting)

City Turns a Deaf Ear To Noisy Neighbors, from the Gotham Gazette.

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