Neighbors Spar Over Brooklyn Woman’s Memorial Wind Chime

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn resident put up wind chimes to honor her late mother, but one neighbor made it clear they were bothered by the bells.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reports, that negative response has many others chiming in with support.

In a city where loud noises aren’t hard to find, the sound of wind chimes seems like it would be much more pleasant.

Christine Walczak thought so when she put the wind chime up in front of her home on Kent Street in Greenpoint to honor her mother’s memory.

“It’s just a reminder of her,” Walczak said.

Her mother passed away last year, but just last week an unknown neighbor sent Walczak a letter.

“Basically complaining that the wind chime is bothering them, distracting them at night, keeping them from sleeping,” she said. “If it’s windy of course it’s going to chime, but it doesn’t make that big of a chime.”

Walczak says she wishes the neighbor had talked to her in person so she asked them to do so by posting the letter and her response on the tree.

“Just to get a reaction from that neighbor to see if they’ll come and speak to me,” she said.

The reaction that she did get has been both overwhelming and supportive.

“I woke up with a note on my door from neighbors telling me to keep it, notes attached to those notes telling me to keep it,” Walczak said.

Some neighbors say they like the sounds, while others have told her to add more like it.

“Part of me wants to be spiteful and do that but I’m a neighbor,” Walczak said. “I wouldn’t want my neighbor to do it.”

Another neighbor took all the notices down out of concern for the tree’s wellbeing, but the chime is staying.

“I’m a Greenpointer,” says Walczak. “I was born here, raised here. My mom lived here. I’m not taking the wind chime down.”

As for all the noise the controversy has started, Walczak says there are far more important issues in the world than her wind chime.

She did remove the screw that was holding the chime in place. It’s now hanging from a rope to avoid further damage to the tree.


One Comment

  1. Helen Smith says:

    I have severe noise sensitivity and my idiot neighbor put up wind chimes. I was up until 2am last night. Your mother can’t hear the wind chimes. Go to the cemetary and leave her flowers like everyone else. NY is noisy enough without some thoughtless neighbor putting up metal bells when you are trying to fall asleep. Not everyone has normal hearing and some people have medical issues and take medications that cause noise sensitivity. She is very disrespectful not to just take them down. If it’s a city tree, I’d be calling the city. If it’s not a city tree, I’d be calling the city for a noise complaint!

  2. Lou Diamond says:

    I think the neighbors are responding in a caring way to the presence of a full bodied woman in their neighborhood who seems to have anxiety issues around world issues.

  3. Honoring your deceased Mother by annoying your neighbors is a bit strange! Did your Mother hate the neighbors?

  4. Dawn Slater says:

    Being autistic, I can hear sounds ten times louder than most people, and I find the many wind chimes in my neighborhood very soothing. I suspect the person who wrote that note is none other than Debby Quashen.

  5. Mike Angelo says:

    “Your Neighbours? I would suspect somebody from Britain wrote that note.

  6. As someone who is sound and noise sensitive, and has gone from being able to sleep at least 9 hours a night to less then 5, I can relate to this person who left the note to please remove the wind chimes. My health deteriorated because of the insensitivity of my neighbors. This person who put up the wind chimes should show some sense, and remove them. If this is a city owned tree, then It’s the responsibility of Parks and Recreation to see to it that the chimes are removed.

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