Mayor Bloomberg is criticizing the Columbia University study that claims 98% of public spaces in Manhattan have dangerous levels of noise that could cause stress and hearing loss. The NY Post reports that yesterday in Staten Island (the quietest borough), Bloomberg declared:

"That is one of the most ridiculous studies I've ever heard of. I've lived in the city since 1966. There are plenty of places where you can go and be quiet. The noise level is not that big. Yes, in the middle of a traffic jam, I suppose, on busy city streets and a couple people lean on their horn, it's noisy. Get real."

Fun fact: Bloomberg—who, again, has lived here since 1966—wears a hearing aid.