Happy 4th of July! Our office is closed, but we can't resist a holiday-themed report

By Jennifer White Karp  |
July 4, 2018 - 9:00AM


Brick Underground’s office is closed, and we’re taking the day off from posting stories to celebrate Independence Day. Of course, we’re in good company celebrating our nation’s birthday, but just how good seems to depend on where in New York City you live. 

Even though many people typically get out of town for the Fourth of July, this year, with the holiday falling smack in the middle of the week, you’re more likely to be celebrating at home—and so are your neighbors. 

Noise complaints tend to skyrocket on the Fourth of July according to, a website that uses artificial intelligence to provide buyers and renters with critical details for every home. In a new report, they found there were more 311 complaints, on average, about loud music and parties on Independence Day (and night) last year than on any other date over the past five years.

Last July Fourth the city saw nearly 2,000 complaints for loud music and parties, compared to a daily average of 500 complaints. Complaints were highest in the Bronx, followed by Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

“Complaints about loud noise and parties on the Fourth tend to be much higher than any other day,” says Steve Kalifowitz, president of “The noisy hot spots may change year-to-year as parties move around, but one thing is clear: Wherever the party goes, many New Yorkers wish it went somewhere else.”

The Northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights had the highest complaint rates in the city. Both saw roughly one complaint per 1,000 residents on the holiday last year, nearly five times higher than average.

Some complaint hot spots in Washington Heights were around Ellwood Street and Arden Street, not far from a notoriously loud strip of restaurants along Dyckman Street, according to

Inwood and Washington Heights were followed by East Williamsburg, Highbridge, Norwood, Bushwick, West Harlem, University Heights, Cypress Hills, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.





Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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