If two New York City lawmakers get their way, thelong, droning sirenfrom police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that has been part of the city's soundtrack for generations — WAAAAAhhhhhhh — would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what's heard on the streets of London and Paris — WEE-oww-WEE-oww-WEE-oww.
Their reasons for the switch: TheEuropean-style sirenis less shrill and annoying and contributes less to noise pollution.
"I've been hearing from constituents complaining that the current sirens in New York are a high-pitched, continuous noise — a nuisance," says Helen Rosenthal, an Upper West Side Democrat and one of the sponsors of the proposal.
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