Tourist helicopter traffic from Manhattan has gotten residents of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, and other Brooklyn neighborhoods all bent out of shape. Starting in April, they will have an additional 75 tourist flights per day roaring overhead, as flights that used to depart out of Manhattan's West Side heliport begin flying out of a helipad on the East Side. The Brooklyn Heights Association wants to ground all non-essential tourist air traffic, but tourists pay at least $800 per flight, so the BHA might not get much sympathy from the city. The city's defense: helicopter noise complaint calls to 311 have actually decreased! But -- as one community board district manager pointed out -- that could be because 311 operators won't log noise complaints without an actual street address.
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