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Lower East Side Residents Cry Foul Over Kickball League

Community Says League Is Striking Out When It Comes To Noise Control

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lower East Side residents are fed up with a kickball league that plays its games right outside of their windows. Now, they are passing around a petition to have the games moved.

“We’re so conditioned to leaving our windows closed because we haven’t been able to open them for a while,” one woman told CBS 2′s Alice Gainer.

“Ken” lives on the second floor of a nearby building and said that the games are too noisy and the lights are too bright. He signed a petition spearheaded by another resident to get the games moved. Following a community meeting the league “Notwork Network” agreed to end the games at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., but residents said that it wasn’t enough.

“I sound like a curmudgeon saying that, but it’s painful to admit you’re complaining about kickball, but it’s actually annoying when it’s right outside your door,” Ken said.

For its part the league has sent a man out with a decibel monitor to track the noise. Players told CBS 2 that they just want to have fun.

“I’ve played like 12 seasons and I never heard any noise problems,” Ken Rubin told CBS 2.

The apartment building is located right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. Notwork Network did not respond to a call from CBS 2.

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