New bill would require New York’s distinctive ‘wail’ and ‘yelp’ sirens to be replaced by softer, two-tone, European-style versions

With just the flip of a switch, the sound of New York’s streets could change forever.

New Yorkers are accustomed to hearing the rapid, pulsating “wail” and “yelp” sirens that echo around town. But for those who live near fire stations, police stations and hospitals, the sirens can seem like torture, and battles to keep stations out of an area are common.

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