As I walked home from the train the evening of July 14 after my day’s work in NYC, I began hearing music as far away as Chatsworth Ave., beside Chatsworth School. As I drew nearer my home and walked past the entrance of 17 Addison Street to Larchmont Ave. to investigate the source, I was horrified to see that the music, which I began hearing more than an entire block away, was emanating from loudspeakers positioned directly beneath my bedroom window.
Over the 13 years I’ve lived at my present address, I’ve grown to tolerate a certain amount of noise (within reason), coming mostly from pedestrians and auto traffic. After all, this is both a residential and commercial block.
However, my personal opinions and tolerance aside, even the Village of Larchmont Code prohibits the use of loudspeakers on Village streets.
According to Chapter 195 of the Code, “Use of loudspeakers, the sound from which can be heard out-of-doors, is hereby prohibited, except for the following purposes:”
[those public event exceptions being defined in Section 195-7(B):]
“On municipal athletic fields and parks, on school athletic fields and on grounds of membership clubs in connection with athletic and sporting events and celebrations, provided that permission shall have been granted for the same by the Chief of Police or his/her deputy, which permission may be subject to such conditions (including limitation of hours) as the Chief of Police or his/her deputy deem appropriate.”
So according to the Code, athletic fields, parks, schools and membership club grounds are all OK if permission is granted. Village streets were not included – and for good reason. People live there.
In years past, I seem to remember Bastille Day musicians playing on Gilder Street, putting at least a little distance between the loudspeakers and Larchmont Avenue residents, who are as legally entitled to the right of quiet enjoyment as any other Larchmont resident.
If a permit is again granted to allow the use of loudspeakers in connection with Bastille Day celebrations (which would still be a departure from Chapter 195 of the Village Code), I hope the Village will restrict their placement once again to Gilder, and that loudspeakers will never again be placed directly beneath the windows of Larchmont Avenue apartment residents.
17 Addison Street