New York City is noisy as a rule, but living next to a police station or a firehouse is a whole other level of loud. We wondered, if given the choice, which would New Yorkers prefer to live next to? Here's what they had to say.
“I’ve watched a lot of Law and Order: SVU episodes, and I know that there’s always a lot of commotion and crazy people around police stations. Also, firefighters have Dalmatians!”–Chanelle Kasik, Washington Heights
The firehouse discount
“I would choose to live near a fire station over a police station any day. As a homeowner, I actually get a small discount on my home insurance living so close to a fire station. There’s no discount to living close to a police station. In fact, you get more parking tickets living closer to a police station. I know as I have lived close to both.”—Amed Bhuiyan, Bronx
Neighbors you can use
“I currently live near a police station and I’m cool with it. However, it would probably be more beneficial to have firehouse next door, because I don’t think my smoke detectors work.”—Christina Clark, Financial District
Smoke on the water
“My friend recently had her whole apartment completely smoke-damaged, so I want a firehouse as close as possible. You can’t trust your neighbors in this crazy city.”—Sara Leonard, Lower East Side
Consider the clientele
“It’s not even a question that I’d prefer to live near a firehouse. Police activity is constant while a firehouse only gets a call every now and then, which gives them lots of time to learn how to cook (so the place smells good). And think about who frequents each. With a police station you have a steady flow of criminals and drunks. With a fire department you get lots of girls looking to flirt!”—Mike Riordan, Upper East Side
The verdict:With apologies to the NYPD, all five of these New Yorkers would far prefer to live next to a firehouse!
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