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Noise is No. 1 quality-of-life complaint in NYC

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By VERENA DOBNIK

NEW YORK (AP) - No wonder they call New York the city that never sleeps. Who can get any shuteye with all the noise?!

Screeching subway trains, honking cars, roaring planes and barking dogs make noise the Big Apple's No. 1 quality-of-life complaint. The city's 311 hotline got more than 260,000 calls about noise last year - up 30 percent in two years.

Silence, it seems, is the one thing in this city of more than 8 million that's almost impossible to find, despite one of the nation's strictest noise codes. Tickets range from $70 for barking dogs to up to $8,000 for a nightclub's loud music.

City health officials warn decibel levels over 85 for a prolonged time can cause hearing damage. Some parts of the city top 100 decibels - especially near airports.

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