I think of New York City having a very distinct soundscape different from what I am used to from where I have lived before. Probably the ‘keynote sound’ in my opinion would be cars honking. Other sounds include the bustling sound of people walking bristly down the sidewalk and the low chatter of businessmen talking on the phone. When you’re near a subway you can hear a signal of trains whooshing through the tunnel, alerting you that the train is arriving soon. When you’re actually in the subway, there’s a distinct soundmark of the subway narrator announcing the train, its location, the final destination, and sometimes a warning about the gap between the platform and the train. The sounds in the city are very droning, especially when they’re all layered together, from the low chatter to the train whooshing. It’s just one solid buzzing sound that is almost impossible to tune out.

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