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New city law reduces construction noise during quiet time

Construction done at odd hours will have to turn down the volume under a bill passed by the City Council on Tuesday.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos places stricter limits on construction within 200 feet of a home before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and any time on weekends.

“New York City may be the city that never sleeps, but that shouldn’t be because of after-hours construction that wakes you up,” said Kallos (D-Manhattan). “Noise is the top complaint in New York City.”

The construction cacophony will be capped at 80 decibels next year, and dropped to 75 in 2020. The current limit is 85 decibels.

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The city would also be given the power to shut down pieces of construction equipment that are too loud.

It will also make it easier to do noise complaint inspections because they won’t have to be inside the home of the person who complained.

“The Administration worked closely with the City Council in negotiating this legislation. We look forward to reviewing the final version that was passed by the Council.” said City Hall spokesman Seth Stein.

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