There is now a petition up in regards to sirens placed on the roof of the Bais Yaakov Nechemia D’satmar Synagogue, located at 690 Myrtle Avenue on the corner of Bedford. The emergency siren was recently installed to sound the shabbat, and it’s loud–you can listen in the video above. Those residents in proximity to the sirens who are not Hasidic feel like “this noise is an absolute violent affront to those of us that have lived here for many years,” according to an email sent to me. Some residents are already in communication with the Department of Environmental Protection and the mayor’s office, and I’m told there is a court case about the matter coming up in January.
Here’s a bit from the petition: “We understand and respect the rights of everyone to practice their religion as they please but not at the expense of others health and quality of life. We the undersigned ask that the siren be replaced with something less invasive.” The goal is to reach 200 signatures and as of this post, 130 people have signed.