Sound Proofing an Apartment from Street Noise?

Sound Proofing an Apartment from Street Noise?

Aaron Able
Aug 4, 2009

Q: I recently moved to a beautiful studio in a great location that I love. The only problem is that it is on a very busy corner and extremely loud. I've noticed that the walls and especially the windows are very thin, leaving virtually no barrier between me and the cab drivers, drunk guy on the corner, heroics of the FDNY, Mexican party bus, etc. I might as well be sleeping on 7th Avenue. Does anyone have any ideas that might help sound proof the apartment? I am planning to purchase a white noise machine, but I'm looking for additional suggestions. I realize that street noise is part of living in New York, but after a week of sleepless nights, my sanity is at stake, so all ideas are welcome. Thank you! Thank you! Shelby

Editor: Before you take any drastic measures, remember that books, clothes, towels and bed linens make great sound insulators. Can you move your bookshelves, closet or linen storage to an exterior wall? And while your landlord is sure NOT to replace a flimsy window with a more insulated one, you can help to muffle street noise with heavy curtains. Who else has suggestions for Shelby?

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