NYC’s Open Streets program during COVID pandemic has unintended consequences on noise complaints

The Open Streets program launched in New York City during COVID-19 may be linked to an increase in street and sidewalk noise complaints, according to a new study from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. New York was one of several cities that allocated more public spaces for physical activity and recreation during the pandemic. Several scientific articles have documented the positive impacts of Open Streets on physical activity, walking, cycling, safety, and social interactions.

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