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CartoDB tried to figure out which parts of NYC are the noisiest

Is silence the new luxury in Brooklyn? A new map shows the loudest and quietest 'hoods.

Williamsburg is loud as heck. (Screenshot)

How do you measure noise? Aside from, like, “That’s so quiet I can’t hear it,” or, “That’s so loud it hurts”? It’s not so easy a thing to do with data.
But that’s exactly what Bushwick’s mapping maestroes, CartoDB, tried to do with their new and thrillingly titled Mapping last year’s 311 noise complaints.
“[Noise] cannot be realistically measured everywhere by sensors,” the project reads. “So we have to rely on subjective data such as 311 complaint calls to try to understand what are noise-related complaints in NYC and how they can be resolved.”
Some cool facts from the data:

  • The noisiest corridors in Brooklyn are down in Sunset Park and on Atlantic Avenue.
  • Ice cream trucks are driving people in Gowanus nuts.
  • Noise complaints are higher in the winter than in the summer.
  • Only a fraction of noise complaints are from construction, most are from loud music.

See the map

Companies: Carto
Series: Brooklyn

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