Those ice cream truck jingles are keeping New Yorkers up at night

By Rich Calder and Natalie O’Neill

Originally published by the NY Post on June 27, 2016

Photo: Christopher Sadowski

Photo: Christopher Sadowski

The city isn’t sweet on late-night ice cream truck jingles.

Vendors shouldn’t be allowed to blast the dizzying ditties between 9 pm and 9 am, the Department of Environmental Protection said at a hearing Monday.

New Yorkers have lodged a brain-freezing 1,013 noise complaints about the trucks so far in 2016 — and summer has only just begun.

Despite hundreds of complaints, only one jingle-blasting jerk has been ticketed for playing music too loudly this year, city officials said.

“Something is not working when you have violations at such low of a level. C’mon only one? Give me a break!” said City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), who introduced a bill to mute the tinkly tunes last year.

“Ice cream jingles are among the most annoying noises assaulting New Yorkers’ ears every day.”

Micheal Hearst — who composed “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks,” used by vendors across the Big Apple — begs to differ.

“I love the sound of an ice cream truck jingle— it’s nostalgic. I would vote for ban on Harley Davidson volume before ice cream truck jingles. It’s unfair to single-out jingles,” Hearst, 43, said when asked about the bill.

Right now, it’s hard for the city to issue summonses because inspectors have to catch vendors in the act. Officials are pushing to change that.

Dromm also also wants to amend the city’s noise code to give inspectors more leeway in issuing summonses. The law now allows jingles to be played at a low decibel level.

Residents— especially ones in the Bronx and Brooklyn — have griped for years that the music keeps them awake and jangles their nerves.

Hearst, a Brooklyn resident, even admitted, “It can be annoying hearing one song over and over.”

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Ny1: Touring Daniel Dromm’s District

NY1 VIDEO: The Road to City Hall’s Errol Louis visited City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s 25th city council district in Queens.

Queens Chronicle: Streets to be surveyed in Jackson Heights

From Queens Chronicle:

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Community Board 3, Queens District Manager Giovanna Reid announced a district-wide survey to record street conditions on every block within the Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona community.

The Community Board is looking for volunteers to help conduct the block-by-block survey, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information collected will be submitted to agencies responsible for addressing any problems discovered.

“Improving the living standards of the residents in our area is a major undertaking, but with the community’s help we can help make this a reality,” Dromm said in a prepared statement. “This survey will help us identify all of those areas which need improvement in our district. This is something that everyone can do to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

After documenting conditions, the community board will prepare the findings. Based on existing complaints, the survey will likely outline a number of conditions to address, including graffiti, missing or overflowing litter baskets, cracked sidewalks, potholes and excessive noise.

Reid urged residents to help with the undertaking.

“This survey is ambitious and unique in the sense that a block-by-block survey isn’t something that other community boards generally do,” said Reid in the announcement. “This is also a great opportunity for people to have a direct and positive impact on their neighborhoods.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact CB 3 at (718) 458-2707 or by email:

NY1: Dromm, Community Board Announce District Wide-Survey of Street Conditions

NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm and Community Board 3 members said on Wednesday that they want to hear from residents in Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona about concerns with street conditions in their neighborhoods. The survey will take place on Saturday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To volunteer call 1-718-458-2707 or write

Dromm On the Issues: Noise

Curbing Noise Pollution and Increasing Noise Enforcement

As the area’s population grows and produces ever more vehicles, electronic gadgets, and other sound sources–noise is becoming a more pressing problem. Certain sound exposures are not only annoying but can also produce a range of adverse physiological effects and affect learning ability.

Our area is somewhat unique in the level of noise pollution residents experience. We have jet engines, car horns, booming sound systems from cars, truck engines idling, elevated train tracks and large air conditioning units which create decibels that are unacceptable in any environment.

As you city council representative, Daniel Dromm will enact legislation to double the number of noise enforcement officers in the city. He will direct the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a study on the causes of noise pollution in our areas and to identity solutions to address it. Residents deserve to live in peace and quiet. With your help, Dromm will make this a reality.