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New Yorkers Find New Dumb Thing to Complain About: Noisy Snow Plows


It’s official: New Yorkers will complain about anything snow-related. Oh, the street didn’t get plowed fast enough? Complain! Slush is gross? Salt stains are annoying? Train’s a few minutes late? Flight’s delayed? Complain! Complain! Complain! Now the city overcompensates for its prior fuck-up by plowing your street in the middle of the night so you have pristine roads and sidewalks in the morning? Yeah, that’s right: Complain!

Via the New York Post, city residents are now bitching that the city’s snow clean-up was too good, because the plows were too loud:

“It was crazy last night, man, like the Army was rolling into town or something,” said Malik Harris, 28, from Crown Heights. “I knew they were going to come strong on this one, but damn, it was nonstop for a few inches.”

“They plowed at 6 a.m. — they woke me up!” griped Henry Falcon, 26, a lawyer who lives in Midtown. “It was pretty noisy. The super said everyone on the front side of the building could hear them. At least three plows went by [in an hour]!”

Councilman David Greenfield, who represents sections of Midwood and Borough Park in Brooklyn, said constituents barraged him with complaints.

“They couldn’t sleep, plows came down their block so often,” Greenfield said.

And people wonder why Bloomberg always seems so cranky. Jesus.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 13, 2011

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