361 15th Street Brooklyn, NY
The Park Slope Armory Shelter needs volunteers!
Thank you to the 100s of volunteers this past week. You have been amazing. BUT, the need continues with even more residents moving in tonight! Came out and work a shift or two at the Park Slop Armory. Volunteering is easy, rewarding and they need you! The staff is so happy to see enthusiastic, willing volunteers showing up throughout the day and night BUT they need more! So spread the word, post it on any sights, bring a friend and head out to the armory!
- Park Slope Armory is located at 361 15 street between 7th and 8th avenues.
- This shelter houses about 300-350 people from 2 nursing homes in the Rockaways. Mostly a senior population, many with health challenges.
- They can use 50 volunteers a day and 40 at night! Volunteers help with general support, food preparation, daily routines, meals, social support and logistics.
- Volunteers shifts last at least 4 hours. During the day, come any time. At night, they need volunteers as well. Think about coming for one of 3 nighttime shifts:
• 4:00am-8:00am ( Double shifts are welcome!)
• Anyone interested in volunteering should show up and report to the volunteer desk. You will receive a 20 minute training/orientation and more training depending on your assignment.
• Things to know: Where comfortable clothes, no photos and no kids (sorry).
• Donations: they need food for the staff and volunteers. So if you want to cook, bake or bring some good healthy food for the staff that works around the clock! They would be most appreciative.
643 W. 172nd St. New York, NY
New York is drenched in unnecessary honking, but in Washington Heights the problem is simply unbearable. Since the neighborhood is served by very few yellow cabs, hundreds of gypsy cabs ply the streets and honk whenever they see someone standing on the sidewalk to get their attention. This is a poor business practice and a non-stop, round-the-clock source of noise that seems to penetrate into every apartment in the neighborhood.
Aside from gypsy cabs, many motorists in the neighborhood are in the habit of pulling up outside someone's apartment and using their car horn as a doorbell. This is gratuitous and very unfair. There is no need to announce your arrival to every single person on the street and bludgeon their ears with your car horn. Traffic citations should be issued for this practice.
The third vector of the honking plague is simply motorist anger, aggression, and impatience. Hesitating for more than a nanosecond at a green light, attempting to change lanes, double parking for 2 seconds to drop someone off, etc., etc., are all occasion for you, and everyone within earshot, to endure a vicious aural assault. This of course happens throughout the city, but in a honking hotspot like Washington Heights, it really adds insult to injury.
Excessive noise is more than a nuisance, particularly when it drifts in through windows and walls into your home. It has been associated with increased blood pressure, difficulty focusing on and completing tasks, and a sense of hopelessness. To say nothing of its effect on sleep. According to the NY Times, the city has anti honking ordinance, but it is not enforced:
In tonier neighborhoods, there are signs warning of fines for unlawful honking. I'm not implying that these signs are actually observed, but at least they have some sort of calming effect in nice neighborhoods. But in poor areas like Washington Heights, already under stress from a host of other social problems, unmitigated honking has reached an absolutely intolerable level.
Cynics will scoff at any serious effort to curb honking in NY City. Others will even embrace honking as an indelible part of NY's distinctive urban fabric. I disagree. I think honking can and should be muzzled. I consider it a public health issue, not merely a quality of life issue. If you agree that a campaign should be waged against honking, vote for this issue on SCF.
Speaking more generally, if NY City wants to take itself seriously as a pedestrian and transit-oriented town, instead of continuing to kowtow to the automobile, then motorists need to know that if they're driving through the city they need to treat it with respect (this also applies to the reckless speeding and maneuvering that is pandemic in NYC).