From the Rooftops: The Hell Square Aural Assault

Posted on: June 29th, 2022 at 5:07 am by

Articles about ear-shattering noise levels, from parties to cruising cars, as well as the general lack of regard for the residents of Hell Square, are rote at this point. Almost a cliche. But to residents living in the bullseye, the aural assault remains a weekly nightmare.

And this past Saturday night, by several accounts, upped the ante. Primary offenders, according to neighbors in the vicinity, included several rooftop parties on Ludlow Street, and Kind Regards which displayed that apparently it has none.

Several residents living by the bar informed us that the sonic boom really began in and around the club at about 11:30pm and did not end until about 2:30am. Those in the crossfire were furious at the alleged tardiness of officers enforcing the law, as well as seeing their 311 complaints officially resolved within minutes, albeit with no discernible effect.

There were also confirmed rooftop parties nearby, including above Kind Regards, a boisterous balcony party across at 173 Ludlow, and another down the block at 143 Ludlow.

Noise complaints lodged with 311 matched the chaos. According to the city’s public Open Data records, overnight Saturday, there were a total of 23 noise complaints on the blocks between Houston and Rivington, more than half of which were lodged against Kind Regards itself. All with the “closed” status of, “The Police Department responded to the complaint and took action to fix the condition.”

“Yes, the police are there, and their presence — while it started out good and does keep the loud cars parading around all night, stereos blasting — seems to send the message that it’s okay for people to use the entire area as one big playground,” one reader tells us.

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