Thursday, October 31, 2013

What did noise to complaints to the police look like in the Roaring 20's?

There was a interesting piece in The Atlantic Cities that looked at noise complaints in New York City from the 1920's and 1930's.
Here's one typical grievance from 1931, filed under "Late-Night Piano-Playing Neighbor," from a gentleman named Warren who stayed near 240 East 31st Street: "Warren wrote to Commissioner Wynne to thank him for sending an officer to see his 'annoying musical neighbor,' who now ceased his musicking, 'with an emphasised cord,' promptly at eleven o'clock each night."
Via The Atlantic Cities 

If you've worked in law enforcement very long, you've seen that some of the most vocal complaints from citizens is not usually about major crimes. In the sleepy little burg where I work we almost never get complaints forwarded from City Hall about murders, robberies or other assorted misdeeds. People most often and most loudly complain about quality of life issues.

I'm glad to see that some things never change.

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