How to escape noise in the big city
Noise is a fact of life in New York City, especially in Manhattan. Still, more than 1.6 million people choose to live on this loud, disruptive, and often chaotic island, finding peace and quiet by escaping either mentally or physically. But even in the busiest and loudest areas of town, you can eliminate the noise and feel calm. Below are some ways to mitigate the sirens, construction, chatter, and other often nerve-wracking sounds of New York. Here’s how to escape noise in the big city.
Yes, earplugs really do work. I can vouch. Con Edison has been knee-deep in construction outside my apartment building for months, and the racket has yet to wake me in the morning (knock on wood). Ear- plugs block out most noise or tone it down to a low decibel, saving my sanity. I recommend keeping a stash of foam earplugs by your bedside at all times. The white noise of a fan doesn’t hurt either.
Try noise-canceling headphones.
If street sounds are keeping you from enjoying your favorite binge on Netflix, look no further than a reliable pair of noise-canceling headphones. Never miss a word of even the quietest dialogue when that fire truck speeds by your second-floor walkup.
Play chill-out music.
Need a little Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, or Harry Styles? You may be able to use the headphones for this too, but I recommend cranking “All the Single Ladies,” “ME!,” or “Sign of the Times” as loud as your neighbors can stand it (without calling 311). Definitely do it before 10 p.m. and after 10 a.m.
Install CitiQuiet windows.
Did you know windows can make all the difference in the level of noise in your apartment? CitiQuiet windows can help with your productivity while you’re working from home, lower your stress level, help you catch a better night’s rest, and improve your overall quality of life. A one-inch acoustic pane glass is all it takes to block out the racket.
“Big cities are amazing places to live, but they come with even bigger city noises that can really take a toll on a person’s health and wellbeing,” says Michael Lentin, owner of CitiQuiet. Doing their job since 1992, the company is the original maker of patented CitiQuiet soundproof window systems, designed to eliminate 95% of existing noise in New York apartments.
The CitiQuiet team will measure windows, create a custom quote, fabricate custom soundproof windows to perfectly fit your space, install the windows, and provide any additional support you may need. The company’s goal is to provide a better quality of life and help New Yorkers get a good night’s rest.
Discover quiet in NYC parks.
In Manhattan, you can find quiet nooks and crannies in the city’s green spaces. Try heading north of 96th Street in Central Park. Hike through the North Woods or fall in love with the Conservatory Garden. Or venture to Upper Manhattan and wander through Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters, a haven for medieval art and architecture. In Lower Manhattan, the promenade at The Battery is a peaceful respite from the nearby Financial District. See Lady Liberty and panoramic views of the New York Harbor too.
How do you escape noise in the big city? Let us know in the comments.
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