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Noisy upstairs

Posted by Eddie Brewer on October 28, 1997 at 21:35:54:

This may seem like a classic, chronic problem with no clear solution but
I'm hoping someone can offer some help. this takes place in Brooklyn.

We (wife+baby daughter) live in a four-story brownstone on the third floor.
The house is pretty old but livable. Over the past few months our
upstairs neighbors (m/f couple) have been driving us crazy by making
bumping and crashing noises as well as using power tools at times that
go well into the night, mostly until 10 pm and sometimes until midnight.
Our landlord refuses to get involved and keeps coming up with the
pat line "they're artists." My wife doesn't want to speak to them for
fear they might get violent and become even more noisome. These
noises have been persistent and I believe they come from the fact that
he builds his own frames; he keeps wood boards piled up on his landing.

I know that this building is definitely not zoned for any commercial
use. How can I get these people to stop making noise? Can I approach
my landlord and tell him they're doing commercial work in a residential
space and driving us nuts? (He knows anyway.) Can we go to the Dept
of Buildings and say there's a violation because they use their apartment
as a studio? The guy is a painter so if he's using chemicals I don't want
it to rain down on us, especially the daughter..
Police say they won't come unless there's
a crime in progress. Considering the new quality of life laws that
just hit the books this is pretty pitiful.

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