Last week, in response to complaints from neighborhood residents and government officials about the noise pollution caused by raucous announcements from trains at the Forest Hills LIRR station, I received a letter from the Long Island Railroad informing me that the external speakers of trains that stop at the Forest Hills station will be turned off from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
That means thousands of people who live in apartment buildings near the Forest Hills station won't be bombarded by strident LIRR train broadcasts for 9 hours out of every day. But for the other 15 hours in the day it will be business as usual: LIRR train announcements being blasted into the bedrooms and living rooms of people living by the Forest Hills station.
The LIRR, in this case, is like a schoolyard bully who bites, kicks, and punches his target every morning. Then one morning the bully stops biting his victim and thinks the person should be grateful for not being bitten even though he continues to be kicked and punched.
Those of us who live near the Forest Hills station are being metaphorically kicked and punched by the LIRR 15 hours a day and we want the beating to stop. Please LIRR officials, tell your conductors to shut down the external speakers announcements at the Forest Hills station 24/7. It's the neighborly and right thing to do.
Martin H. Levinson