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I'd start with a request for clarification from the coop. It is not reasonable to be expected to correct something you're unaware of. It is likely, however, that the coop would not provide details, out of concern for the person who complained. If that happens, you may follow up with a list of the noise abatement measures you've taken (e.g., carpeting, cat, etc.), and tell them that you'd consider commercially reasonable suggestions (if you will, in fact) -- that way you put it on them to figure out a possible solution.

The truth is that noise carries, especially in concrete buildings and those with thin walls, and so it's often about managing expectations. You can't levitate but you can avoid, say, playing the drums at midnight, and I think that's the key here.

Hope this helps, and good luck. 
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: What is considered unreasonable noise (Coops)
« Last post by Shelby2 on Today at 09:33:29 AM »
I would also contact an attorney. If there's a fine today, there could be more in your future. I don't have any to recommend, but there's a list of attorneys who advertise on the Cooperator website. https://directory.cooperator.com/Guide/Attorneys

The NY Times also often has articles about legal issues, etc. in coops and sometimes NYC area coop lawyers are quoted, if you want to try to find names that way. https://www.google.com/search?q=coop+attorney+site%3Anytimes.com&source=lnt&tbs=cdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3A2008%2Ccd_max%3A2018&tbm=

In addition to addressing the fine, you may also want to address the other issue, which is that you are living in your unit quietly and peacefully and you are being harassed.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Bike Lanes on Roosevelt Avenue
« Last post by Marco on Today at 09:16:55 AM »
I second the idea put forth by missmarty to have a bike lane on Broadway between Northern Boulevard and Queens Boulevard.

Broadway is already very wide indeed so there is ample space to do it. A bike lane on this particular stretch would be very encouraging for JH residents to commute to Manhattan by bike.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: What is considered unreasonable noise (Coops)
« Last post by jeanette on Today at 09:07:42 AM »
QueensGal, I could have written your post verbatim. My downstairs neighbor made my family life difficult and my children less happy-go-lucky.

I don't have time now to go into what all I did to appease her and the coop board president, who sided with her every whim. Just want to point out that when she moved in, they had illegal work done (a prior board) that removed an inner wall which might contribute to a loss in sound absorption as well as development of structural malformations. It cost me a lot of money. To this day she still has no carpeting or made any improvement to try to alleviate her problem.

I was told time and again that there is no problem until there are complaints, and rather than deal with the actual facts, boards simply employ harassment methods until the "rules" are applied and exhausted.
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Unfortunately I have two friends that have been in your exact situation with a downstairs neighbor in a coop. In one case, they eventually reached an angry impasse with the neighbors (coop didn't really get involved beyond requiring rugs), and then our friends moved away. It was very uncomfortable for them. The other case is still ongoing...involves downstairs neighbors with likely mental problems (e.g. claims of all sorts of noises at all times). Progress is being made through mediation and opening some lines of communication, but friends are also thinking of moving to get away from the nonsense.

Unfortunately, something like 80% of apartments in NYC that one can purchase (maybe even higher in JH) are coops. Once we move we're never living in a coop again...the boards are staffed with volunteers that range from competent or even skilled at management to petty tyrants that enjoy any little power they can grasp. There are a lot of board members in between that can be disinterested, incompetent, and prone to all sorts of small-time corruption. Your only remedy is to vote them out. Have you talked to your board? Sounds like most of the communication has been with management.

I would certainly challenge that fine. Find a lawyer that specializes in real estate / coops (not one of the bottom feeders that advertises $100 divorces and traffic ticket fixing). What did the board or management company do besides warning you? Did they confirm this noise? It sounds like they only sent somebody one time who found nothing.
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Neighborhood Chat / New Roosevelt no standing zone causing uproar
« Last post by JK resident on Today at 08:39:05 AM »
As I posted previously, this whole no standing zone would hurt business and push parking to the side streets. It was very easy to see this negative consequences coming. I give this pilot program a few weeks more.

https://jacksonheightspost.com/jackson-heights-leaders-outraged-by-dots-roosevelt-avenue-pilot-plan
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: What is considered unreasonable noise (Coops)
« Last post by ljr on Today at 08:05:37 AM »
I have no idea really what you can do but that sounds like a nightmarish situation. The people below you are being totally unreasonable and somehow the management is just going along with them--that's what it sounds like to me. You are right that living in an apartment requires that you get used to hearing your neighbors in the course of daily life. And some buildings are better than others at muffling the sounds. Nevertheless, you will hear your neighbors and that's just inevitable.

We lived in another coop in a different neighborhood for 23 years and raised our child there. Only once, when a new family moved in below us, did we have complaints and requests that our child not ever run or jump or call out loudly, because their grown daughter needed to sleep till noon--they said that. We placated them somehow, though I was never able or willing to force my child to tiptoe and whisper 24 hours a day. Nor force myself and my husband to do that. Oh and I forgot--a different downstairs neighbor, then childless but now with twins, gave my daughter a pair of slippers--their subtle way of asking for quiet!

Sounds like your building aggravates the situation because the walls are thin, etc. If I were you, I'd consult a lawyer to find out what your options are. And I would even consider selling and moving to get away from a very unpleasant situation. Sorry I don't have specific advice or information about your rights.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Bike Lanes on Roosevelt Avenue
« Last post by missmarty on Today at 07:54:16 AM »
Also, after a cyclist was killed at LaGuardia Airport, the response was to close that road to cyclists. It was very dangerous to ride on. However, Port Authority just permanently closed a popular bike route in to LGA at 27th Ave bridge over to the Promenade.

Bike routes to and within LaGuardia are a hot topic. There was sufficient need for them before, construction exacerbated it, with the need for workers to get around the driving congestion, and now- with the horrible response from PANYNJ. They have a bike master plan for all their locations, and research on that might lead to better cycling infrastructure when construction is complete. I'd pick this as a first choice, and include bike parking structures that are safe and secure. (and when you're drawing it out, add a bunch of Citibike stations!)
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Bike Lanes on Roosevelt Avenue
« Last post by missmarty on Today at 07:52:48 AM »
Also, after a cyclist was killed at LaGuardia Airport, the response was to close that road to cyclists. It was very dangerous to ride on. However, Port Authority just permanently closed a popular bike route in to LGA at 27th Ave bridge over to the Promenade.

Bike routes to and within LaGuardia are a hot topic. There was sufficient need for them before, construction exacerbated it, with the need for workers to get around the driving congestion, and now- with the horrible response from PANYNJ. They have a bike master plan for all their locations, and research on that might lead to better cycling infrastructure when construction is complete. I'd pick this as a first choice, and include bike parking structures that are safe and secure. (and when you're drawing it out, add a bunch of Citibike stations!)
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