This is just great. NPR caught up with the Princeton University professor who has been meticulously compiling sounds from late 1920s and early 1930s era New York City.


Emily Thompson told All Things Considered that one noise complaint from these bygone days stands out:

Thompson is specifically interested in the sounds that drove people crazy. Her favorite?

“A man named Mr. Schmuck called to complain about the noise of the Colonial Pickle Works Factory where he lived in Brooklyn and somehow that just seems quintessentially New York to me,” she says.

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