The Soapbox: Cause for alarm

By Nancy Lombardo

There are so many sounds we take for granted, living in New York City. A siren, truck horns, helicopters, screams in the night (usually the young returning home from a night of partying). But the most invasive of all of these sounds is the car alarm and if you live anywhere near a loop in Stuyvesant Town, you know the nightmare.

Quiet has finally settled in your sleeping mind, ambient noise is at its minimum.

When suddenly…WAW-WAW-WAW-WAW. The maniacal car alarm breaks the silence with its piercing cry…WAW-WAW-WAW! You think to yourself “Please let it stop soon,” but it doesn’t.

And for some reason, it’s always when you have one to two more hours of sleep owed to you. “No, make it stop,” you cry. Surely the owner can discern the “WAW-WAW” like a mother the cry of her own child. But no, peace does not come and it continues on and on, WAW-WAW-WAW!

As a car owner (who parks in the garage), I understand the need to protect your property but are you seriously going to race down from your 10th floor apartment to thwart the interloper or thief? Are you really going to get all Superman at four a.m.? (Which by the way means Ante meridiem, in 12-hour clock notation, Latin for “before noon, p.m. Post meridiem”; who knew? Not me. Sorry, I got off topic. Blame it on sleep interuptus.) Anyway, I doubt you will be taking on bad guys in your pajamas.

I understand no one wants his or her car broken into or stolen. And the siren does draw attention to the vehicle, but surely there must be a happy medium we can achieve. LoJack perhaps, an alarm disabling device; I’m open to suggestions. Until then for the love of humanity, if you do recognize it’s your car, can you please race down there (come on, elevator!) in your pajamas (which people seem to wear now as a fashion statement anyway) and turn the darn thing off?

On behalf of the sleep deprived, I thank you.

Town & Village is proud to present “The Soapbox,” a column featuring a different voice from the neighborhood each week (space providing). All are welcome to submit columns on the topic of the author’s choice, preferably not longer than 800 words, to or Town & Village, editor, 20 W. 22nd St., 14th floor, New York, NY, 10010.

Letters to the Editor, June 21

Adopt a dog from a shelter, not a store

As a resident of Peter Cooper Village and dog lover, I’m hoping that the following information will encourage anyone looking for a dog to at least consider adopting from one of the many animal shelters in our area.

When you purchase a puppy from a pet store or over the internet, it has most likely come from a large-scale, substandard breeding facility where parent dogs are caged, bred as often as possible and live in filthy conditions.  Adopting from a shelter ensures that your money is not going to support a puppy mill.

When you adopt from a shelter you’re getting a dog who’s had both a medical and behavioral evaluation. has been neutered or spayed and has had the necessary shots.

Please visit the websites of these shelters for hours of operation and much more information about the services they offer.  All shelters are located in Manhattan except where noted. Many shelters have medical facilities, training classes, bereavement support and other programs to help you care for you pet.

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
212-876-7700 x4120
424 East 92nd Street (between First and York)

410 East 38th Street (between 1st Ave and FDR)

Humane Society of NY
309 East 59th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Animal Haven
251 Centre Street (between Broome & Grand)

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals – a listing of NYC rescue groups
Petfinder – adoptable animals listed on the Internet
If you’re interested in a specific breed you haven’t been able to find at a shelter, you can try breed rescue groups at the Mayor’s Alliance website.

A few laws concerning dogs:

  • All dogs must have a current license.
  • All dogs must be vaccinated regularly against rabies.
  • All dogs must be on a six-foot (or shorter) leash when in public.
  • Dog owners must clean up their pets’ waste.
  • It is illegal to abandon a companion animal. To relinquish your pet, contact a local shelter.

Neglecting an animal’s care or harming an animal is a crime. Intentionally harming a companion animal is a felony in New York State.  Report   animal cruelty to ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement at (212) 876-7700 x4450. For 24 Hour Veterinary Care:  Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, (212) 838-8100.

What could be better than giving a loving and safe home to a homeless, neglected and scared dog? Thank you for considering adoption. Good luck!

Susan Huegel, PCV

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