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Yo, I'm Trying to Sleep Here! New York's Wonderful Map of Noise

This visualization breaks down Manhattan's noise problem at the micro-level of ice cream trucks, loud TVs, "banging/pounding" and more.
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Karl Sluis

Beware, light sleepers in New York: The city is entering what could be its noisiest month, May, when the air's fabric is rent with a strident symphony of beeping horns, slamming jackhammers and the bone-chilling wails of feral cats fighting to the death.

Last May, New Yorkers were so peeved abuot noise pollution that they called in 4,625 complaints to the city's nonemergency number, which was more than any other month. You can see the entire year's expression of mass annoyance nicely visualized in the below maps, created by Brooklyn-based designer Karl Sluis. This cacophonic cartography represents the 40,412 noise complaints that the authorities received in 2012, which touch on everything from police sirens to "lawn-care equipment" to "other animals." (Dang porch parakeets!)