Movie noise in the Heights? What movie noise in the Heights?

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Brooklyn Heights residents were mistaken when they complained about the noise from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Thursday evening movie series, our fancy noise meter revealed this week.

Decibel meter readings from inside the park and the Brooklyn Heights promenade above show that not only is the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway louder than Thursday’s showing of the 1954 classic “Rear Window,” the movie was completely inaudible from any spot more than a few hundred feet from the speakers.

Park officials told us that they switched speakers to try and appease the complainers, but even Heights locals at the movie were surprised to hear about the complaints last week.

“These people are pains in the a—,” said Alexis Robinson, a long-time Heights resident. “How can they complain about noise when we live above the BQE? I think the speakers should be louder.”

Indeed, the decibel meter didn’t pick up movie noise at the ends of Orange and Pineapple streets, or even at the entrance to Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street — though it did spike when a party boat blaring music cruised by.

That said, Community Board 2 fielded “swift and numerous” complaints after the first event of the series earlier this month, which has been in the adjacent Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park for 10 years until it moved to Pier 1 this year.

Park officials said they’ve been doing their best to quell the noise — President Regina Myer even sent out a letter to residents — but the protests kept rolling in after the July 8 screening of “Annie Hall.”

Granted, Grace Kelly’s silky-smooth voice in “Rear Window” isn’t an ear-piercer by any means, but the speaker volume was relatively hard to hear even when sitting directly in front of the screen on the south lawn of Pier 1. The park was packed with thousands of people, the speakers were pointed directly back at the Heights, and yet there was no sound to be heard on the esplanade.

Then there’s the BQE: at the very edge of the Brooklyn Heights promenade, we took a reading of about 88 decibels — about the same as a passing subway car on the platform. When the movie was playing at 8:30 pm, the movie was still inaudible from the promenade, and the BQE left the meter spiking to about 85 decibels.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

loufalce from dyker heights says:
Wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa . Stop crying already. If you really want to hear noise, come to my neighborhood and witness the non stop car alarms, house alarms, drivers who honk you if you don`t move as soon as the light turns green, police and ambulance sirens, rude neighbors blasting their stereos until 2 in the morning, and, of course the idiots with their disco quality car radios blaring deafening sound 24-7.
July 31, 2010, 3:34 pm
madeline from bath beach says:
Get real. It`s only for about an hour and a half to two hours WHEN they show them.
July 31, 2010, 3:45 pm
bigT from CG says:
Hahahaha!!! Oh good lord.. I'm actually still laughing since the last article was posted!! I can hardly catch my breath!
Aug. 2, 2010, 9:01 am
A from Brooklyn Heights says:
People in BK Heights are so uptight and need to worry about their abnoxious kids bumping into people on the sidewalks and their little dogs that they forget to pick up after late at night...Not movie night.
Aug. 2, 2010, 9:04 am
mb from BH says:
I would love to go to the movies. I have a mobility problem and can't sit on the ground. The only area for chairs is up on the hill, not very easy to get to with a walker and a chair.Provide sitting area for chairs down the hill!
April 30, 2011, 4:30 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!