Tourist helicopters are a real nuisance to people who live along and enjoy the South Brooklyn waterfront. From Brooklyn Heights to Red Hook, residents are calling for an end to the choppers.
"It’s time to stop the never-ending parade of tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport," said State Senator Daniel Squadron at a rally at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday. "Chopper tours can't come at the expense of our neighborhoods' quality of life."
Residents living within earshot of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport are calling for a ban on tourist helicopter flights.
Tourist helicopter flights were banned last year from the Heliport on West 30th Street.
"When you have this kind of constant nuisance for every neighborhood in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Upper West Side, Downtown, across town, it just doesn't work," said Manhattan-Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron.
All tourist helicopter flights must be banned from Brooklyn skies because city officials have failed to stop the window-rocking, sanity-testing chopper noise from bombarding waterfront neighborhoods, locals demanded on Sunday.
“Enough is enough!” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), who was joined by other elected officials and residents on Sunday in demanding an end to the noise. “We need to stop the endless parade of tourist helicopter flights over our neighborhoods.”
BY Marissa Maier | From a sliver of park to large acreage sloping toward the Hudson River, each green space in Lower Manhattan has its own set of challenges and is often funded through a variety of public and private sources. Recognizing a tough economic landscape, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin assembled a group of representatives from 13 park and government organizations on Thursday, May 12, for the first Harbor Task Force meeting.
Downtown elected officials and residents are fighting to ban tourist helicopter flights from taking off from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
Added regulations on the helicopter industry established last year have proven unsuccessful, according to the stakeholders, as Brooklyn residents continue to be disrupted by chopper noise and traffic — in part due to the elimination of tourist flights from the W. 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan.
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LOWER MANHATTAN – Yesterday, Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer brought together stakeholders to prepare for the opening of the 9/11 Memorial and ensure that tour bus traffic does not choke Lower Manhattan come September 12th.
Tourism and city officials announced Thursday a major campaign to attract more visitors to Lower Manhattan, in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
As global attention is expected to return to the area for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial on September 12, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Downtown Manhattan officials want to trumpet a story of rebirth and attract more visitors through a new global marketing campaign.
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