Tonight at around 10pm I was strolling down the North East Village's Avenue A with the husband, when I came upon the new bar, Destinations and noticed that as we walked in front of it, the din from inside, being that there are no windows, was so loud that we had to stop our conversation, not just to gawk at hoards making the noise, or Mason Reese guarding his doorstop, but because we couldn't hear each other.
What shall I do, I thought. I shall call 311 and follow the directions of "How to Complain." So I started to dial when I realized I didn't actually have anything to complain about, not officially. I mean, the noise wasn't disturbing me in any real way. Other than feeling disturbed by how noisy it was, it's not like it was disrupting my sleep or waking me up, or stopping me from enjoying my favorite record. It was just annoying, and I don't think that's a legitimate complaint.
The problem with this is that when the noise is truly bothersome, when it is disturbing my sleep, I can't actually tell where it's coming from, specifically, to make a complaint. I know the direction it's coming from, but which bar out of the eleven that are in that strip, at which particular moment, is making the noise, would require my getting dressed, walking down ten thousand steps, going outside, and laying my eyes on the street to see what's going on. This is not what one wants to do when one is feeling sleep deprived.
So while personally I will support all efforts to try to turn these bar owners into good neighbors, and stop any new liquor licenses from being approved on the blocks of the North East Village's Avenue A, I think that I can't really contribute in a serious way to the piling up of complaints that are required to 311 and CB3 so that the noise can go on record.
The point of this is - if you live above or across from these establishments, and you didn't attend the meeting, please know that if you are disturbed by the noise coming from the bars, or if patrons are puking in your hallway or any other such irritating behavior, please call 311, the 9th precinct, your landlord (certified letter), and log your complaint on the CB3 website. Thank you.