The really scary thing about this video is that when you are actually on the sidewalk in NYC or in an aprtment with the window open, you don’t register the sounds. Because the sounds especially, become so familiar your ear screens them out.
People who live in NYC all the time are unconscious to what is immediately obvious to visitors or newly arrived New Yorkers: this is a very noisy, smelly City and that’s just how it is. You can’t dress it up.
Long term New Yorkers get used to it and look amazed when visitors comment on the constant noise and the brooding smells of summer. Yes but this is NYC they say, it’s all part of what makes the City great.
And they’re right. The thing which makjes NYC so buzzy and constantly interesting is the people and when you put all those people together in a small space, the noise, the smells etc etc. Got to love it, it’s the price of being magnificent.