The New York public library has put together an album of city noise we no longer hear — cabs honking during rush hour, dogs barking in a city park, fans roaring in a stadium, a barfly breaking a glass, even the errant if muffled sounds in a library! Eight tracks in all, more than 15 minutes
“Missing Sounds of New York,” the librarians have called this album of ambient noise, and have given each track a title that implies that New Yorkers yearn to hear it all again. (“For the Love of Noisy Neighbors”)
I will admit that, having grown up in the city, I had trouble sleeping at the beginning of my freshman year in college because of the silence outside my window. But come on! “An Auditory Love Letter to New Yorkers?!” “Missing Sounds of New York reminds us of what makes New York so special for so many people?!” This from librarians of all people! Are they regretting every “shush” now?
Consider it audio street theater. Definitely an Only in New York endeavor.
Missing Sounds of New York: An Auditory Love Letter to New Yorkers