The city soundtrack: New York Public Library drops album featuring noises we’ve been missing during coronavirus lockdown

The New York Public Library is is pictured Friday, March 13.
The New York Public Library is is pictured Friday, March 13.

Admit it. You miss the noise.
You thought you could do without the squeal of a train pulling into a subway station, or the cry of a commuter calling for a cab. Who ever thought the commotion of noisy neighbors in the middle of the night would be music to your ears?
The New York Public Library. Yes, the library. The people who invented the word “shush” have put together a collection of city sounds to remind New Yorkers of what they’re missing while cooped up during the coronavirus crisis.
The city soundrack has been synced into an album with eight tracks, and released like a Jay Z anthology on the Spotify streaming service.
Included in “Missing Sounds of New York” are 2 minutes and 34 seconds of rush hour, 2 minutes and 21 seconds of a rowdy city park and 1 minute and 4 seconds of an action-packed baseball game, though it’s not clear from the crack of the bat if the cheers are from a Mets game at CitiField or a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.
“This album is a different and creative way we can help, providing an entertaining distraction that allows New Yorkers access to something we are all missing — many of the quintessential sounds of the city we know and love,” said Carrie Welch, the library’s chief of external relations.
There is even a 2 minute and 19 second sound cut from one of the city’s libraries.
Not as quiet as you’d think.

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