Residents Say Special Route Created For US Open Now Used Year Round

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Queens residents are getting fed up with the noise coming from low-flying jets that pass over their homes on a daily basis.

The so-called Tennis Climb was originally created by the Federal Aviation Administration to reroute noisy planes from LaGuardia Airport away from the US Open.

The route is now used year round and thanks to precise GPS navigation, the same homes in Bayside are being affected, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

Residents said like clockwork, the low-flying jets start roaring overhead every day at 6:03 a.m.

“Sometimes it’s all day, sometimes it’s all day for two or three days in a row,” resident Janet McEneaney said. “It will end usually at midnight but we’ve had them as late as 2 a.m.”

“It’s continuous,” resident Claire O’Donohue said. “You wouldn’t mind if you had some relief but it’s like every couple of minutes. One right after the other.”

Residents claim the constant bombardment of deafening noise makes it impossible to talk on the phone, watch television and sleep.

“In the summertime, you have to put your air conditioner on and close the door otherwise you don’t hear the TV,” Tom McNulty said.

“Some days are worse than others, some days they sound like they’re landing on the roof of your house,” resident Mike Rossell said.

“It’s noisy, it shakes the house a little bit, it really takes down the quality of life,” said resident Frank Allorza, who claims screeching flights pass over his home every 20 seconds.

An employee at P.S. 159 on 33rd Avenue said the school keeps the windows closed to block out the noise of the jets.

Residents are hoping the FAA makes some changes to reduce the noise.

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