We often receive emails about quality of life complaints that people have about the neighborhood, and we thought we’d list some of them to see if others are having the same problems. “Gripes” may sound like a dismissive way of talking about people’s complaints, but that’s not our intention. These quality of life problems drive us crazy too, and some of them are violations of the law.
Commercial helicopters are supposed to steer clear of most Upper West Side air space, for safety and noise reasons (also, my TV antenna always loses signal when helicopters are nearby). Tours of Central Park, for instance, were supposed to be eliminated as of 2010. But lately, lots of helicopters appear to be flying very close to Riverside and West End Avenue and then turning East around 72nd street, readers tell us. We’ve posted one of the emails we received below. We reached out to Councilwoman Gale Brewer’s office about this too, but she never got back to us. If you do see or hear a helicopter that seems too close or operating at an odd hour, call 311 and describe the helicopter to them. Here’s a cheat sheet showing different kinds of helicopters and info about the laws. We’ve posted images of the legal tourist routes below the note.
Wondering if others have noticed an increase in extreme loud noise coming from helicopter traffic up and down the Hudson recently. I began to notice this last month.
i have lodged noise complaints with 311 and have been told they will be looking into it but so far there has been no response. So today a filed a complaint about my complaint not being answered . ( getting nowhere fast !)
I’ve noticed within the last month that the amount of helicopters traveling up and downtown has increased and the flight pattern has changed. They used to fly directly over the river and at a higher elevation. Now they appear to fly over West End Ave and bank left on 72 St. then swing down toward the river. And there are so many of them, flying one after another. I haven’t’ been able to determine if they’re NEWS copters or just tourist helicopters. It starts early morning around 7ish am until 10 or 11 at night and it’s affecting the quality of my life. I cannot even open my windows now.
I was hoping you can investigate this and find out if others may have heard this and if there is something that can be done to effect change. (At least get those flight patterns back over the river instead of over apartments ) Perhaps you can make some calls to NEWS Rooms or the tourist helipads downtown.
I live at 170 West End. Sometimes my windows vibrate from the chopper blades.
This is a perennial complaint, but always important to remember. Coming home with crap on your shoe will definitely ruin your day.
Is it just me or have any of our readers noticed the increase of dog poop on the streets of our neighborhood? My Aunt was here visiting me from California last week and commented about it daily during her time on the UWS. After she pointed it out, I also started to notice more and more piles that had not been cleaned up and on more than one occasion accidentally stepped in a pile.
What is going on? I am a dog mom and I always pick up after my fur baby. Not only is it the law but it also keeps our streets clean and it’s the responsible thing to do. I’m not sure who these owners or dog walkers are that are being lazy and disrespectful to our neighborhood. The other dog parents on my street and on the UWS that I know always pick up after their dog no matter how big or little the dog is or the mess they make!
Do any of our readers have some ideas on how we can encourage others to pick up after there dogs? Perhaps we can leave plastic bags stations through out the streets? If you have any suggestions please comment below and please please please pick up after you dog and keep the UWS CLEAN!
Here’s another one from late last year:
I am a new upper west sider and my husband and I move up here for so many reasons…parks, community, pet friendly etc.
All have proven to be true minus one glaring problem…I step in another dogs sh*t at least once a week. I really don’t get why ppl can’t pick it up. Not only do I step in it, but it makes our community unhygienic and filthy! Not to mention if you are a dog owner…having your dog around another dogs bowels is very risky and likely to create issues for your dog!
I would be happy to write a more “formal” article about this. But thought I would start by planting a seed:)
Busted Pavement in front of Mickey Mantle School
The sidewalk in front of the Mickey Mantle school on WEA and 82 is in horrible shape. Its so bad that some chunks of sidewalk are just missing and one can see the dirt. This no less in front of one the city’s education institutions where children walk everyday. This complaint was forwarded to Gale Brewer. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Cyclists Versus Dog-Walkers in Riverside Park
This is also a complaint we heard about a little while back.
Regarding cyclists and dogs on the Promenade. Just like in Oklahoma, when the ranchers and the farmers couldn’t be friends, there is an ongoing feud between the cyclists and the dog owners/walkers in Riverside Park. What is to be done, is anyone’s guess, but I am wondering why the cyclists don’t use the bike path by the river (built for them with magnificent views and sunsets, as well as dog less paths) and continue using the Promenade, much to the dismay of pedestrians and dog walkers? Seems like Central Park is more successful at keeping everyone happy in the park. is it because it is so much richer or because it is a better planned out space? whatever the reason, we have to make our park more user friendly to everyone who enjoys and loves it.
If you have suggestions for these folks, let us know in the comments. Keep it constructive. If you have gripes that you’d like your neighbors to hear about, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “gripes”.
Photo by Big Golf.