New York City apartment dwellers will pay dearly for three things:
They pay because these are the hardest to come by, but there are ways to increase your share of all three. Light is enhanced in your apartment by careful use of curtains and wall colors. You can gain space in your abode either by renting external storage space, or by calling in a professional organizer to maximize what you have.
What about quiet? Cities are noisy, but there are solutions. One is Cityproof windows, which reduces noise coming from outside the building. Internal noise requires more effort, and the first line of defense is to carpet floors adequately. In fact, Fort Tryon Gardens requires that 80% of your floor space be carpeted. If you play an instrument or like your music loud, sound-absorbent carpet is an easy solution. Professional musicians use it so they can play at all hours, and it’s not terribly expensive.
- Call the police. This is not likely to be effective unless there’s a real brawl.
- Write a letter to building management. It will take time to bring about enforcement.
- Take matters into your own hands, and knock on the neighbor’s door.
The last is the most efficacious, but it takes will on your part. Most of us aren’t aware of how far our noise carries, and few of us would willingly disturb our neighbors’ peace. It’s reasonable to assume good will if you take this tactic.
So knock on the door, announce yourself as a neighbor, and make them aware of the disturbance saying, for example, “You may not be aware of how sound carries in this building.” Ninety-nine percent of the time they will apologize, comply, and thank you. Wouldn’t you do the same?
If they don’t, you may have to opt for the second tactic. And you should take action. Building management has a vested interest in maintaining a pleasant living space, and will notify the offending party.
Any action you take is better than feeling annoyed, and you’ll do yourself and other residents a favor. Remember, music pounding in hallways or apartments generates a negative impression when potential buyers are considering a purchase. Don’t we all want our property to be highly valued? So help with the noise factor, so that a noise doesn’t annoy.