City Tells Church Revival to Quiet Down

By Katy Tur
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 2:50 PM EDT
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Brooklyn residents say a church service in Flatbush is too noisy.

Brooklyn residents say a church service in Flatbush is too noisy.

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A nightly church revival that drew complaints from its Brooklyn neighbors was ordered to quiet down by the city, following an NBC New York report.

Tent Crusade 2011 has been leading the gathering every night this month in an empty lot on Clarendon Road in Flatbush. Residents told NBC New York they could hear the preaching for blocks.

Janee Harvey, who lives down the street, described the noise as near-constant yelling from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday night at around 8:30 p.m., NBC New York took a sound measurement across the street that read 97 decibels.

That's higher than peak Midtown traffic but only slightly quieter than the subway.

City noise law has various thresholds for noise levels, depending on the source and time of day -- construction noise may not exceed 85 decibels after 11 p.m., and commercial establishments that play music may not exceed 42 decibels as measured from inside nearby residences.

In general, the decibel limit cannot exceed 10 decibels over the ambient sound level.

The city sent noise inspectors to the church revival and measured a 91-decibel level. Officials then visited the site to meet with church representatives.

"They were extremely cooperative and agreed to reduce the noise levels," Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Farrell Sklerov said.

Sklerov said officials monitored noise levels on Wednesday night and found that the sound did not exceed accepted levels.

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