Let’s be real honest for a second: you don’t live in NYC for the pervasive peace and quiet.

You live here for the energy and excitement, and with that comes a hefty dose of noise at all times. At best it’s the gentle hum of a city so alive it practically has its own heartbeat. At worst, it’s the ear-splitting din of 50 kids with recorders, 3 street preachers, and a mariachi band convening in a single subway car.

Now, thanks to the folks at PlaceILive, you can see exactly where the loudest parts of New York City are based on noise complaints.

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From afar it all looks surprisingly green, but scroll in and the patches of red start to appear. Lower Manhattan, for instance, is home to a huge range of auditory activity. Presumably those noise complaints are the result of finance bros throwing wild Wolf of Wall Street-style parties.

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Times Square is surprisingly (though not entirely) green, perhaps because no on expects it to be quiet there in the first place.

Prepare yourself for plenty of sleepless nights if you live on W 40th St between 8th Ave and 9th Ave. Proximity to both Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel make for an impressive stretch of red on the map.

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Over in Brooklyn, Williamsburg is a predictably rowdy neighborhood. Note the map key, which accurately skips “Quiet” altogether and simply ranges from “Noisy” to “Noisier.” On the other hand, its younger, cooler cousin Bushwick looks surprisingly muted given its reputation for raging all-night loft parties.

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Your best bet, should you find yourself desperate for an escape from the cacophonous aural assault of city life, is a trip to Staten Island. NYC’s most underrated borough is a perfect patch of green just waiting to offer you some much-needed serenity. Namaste.

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  1. […] On the other hand, Staten Island is pretty blissful if you’re looking for peace and quiet (or whatever passes for it around here). For a more detailed examination of NYC’s aural intensity, check out the noise complaints map. […]

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