I live above an opinionated terrier, so I can empathize with the occasional annoyance that is a small beast screaming at the sky outside your window on the one morning you finally get to sleep in. I personally would not go so far as to call the bark police (311) on this little man, who cannot help his biological programming, but many New Yorkers would and do. Thanks to a report from the real estate website Localize.city, we now know roughly where those curmudgeons live, and when they do most of their complaining.
The NY Post reported on the study, which catalogues an annual average of 7,000 dog-related complaints from residents across the five boroughs. Apparently, people in Manhattan and Queens get the most steamed about barking, but of the 431 addresses that reliably chart the highest levels of chagrin, 130 W 111th Street takes the cake. That building generated complaints on 37 days out of 12 months, a number that actually seems sort of low, but adds up to more than one solid month spent listening to a canine chorus. Localize spoke with one of the building's dog owners, who did not seem overly concerned with the racket. "If my dogs are barking during the day, when you should be at work... Find something to do," she said. And if the thing you do is work from home, well then, it appears you're S.O.L.
Another epicenter of bark complaints can be found at 105 W 72th Street. These residents came in second on the dog-related gripe scale, which makes sense: Their building houses a doggy daycare center.
Apparently, though, noise levels citywide change with the seasons. Bark complaints fall in July and August but spike in September. The Post attributes this phenomenon to human playmates heading back to school and the professional pace picking up speed again. With summer vacation in the rearview mirror, it's also possible people are simply home more often, which in turn means more opportunity to listen to and fume about the neighbor's yappy pooch.
Are you concerned that your beagle spends his days howling at the ceiling, or that your huskie's nocturnal singing keeps your neighbors awake rather than lulls them to sleep? Do you worry that your bulldog may literally bark herself to death? Check out these Humane Society tips to help curb excessive vocalization.