Throughout my experience of exploring NYC, I have collected various sound samples of the ambiance present at each site. The following clips are the highlights of the sounds experienced via recorder. What this means I did not include the sound of water at Paley Park because it creates too much noise for the recorder.
Ambiance 1: Pier 15 (Lower Deck)
There is something very particular about the soundscape of the lower half of Pier 15 that is very pleasant. It offers a calm atmosphere in an area that is within close walking distance to the streets of Manhattan. This is combined with other sounds including passing boats and helicopters, which are pleasing to observe traversing the urban built environment.
Ambiance 2: Highline Bend (Above Hudson Yards)
The northern part of The Highline provide an interesting change to the overall experience of the walk. Instead of going straight forward, it hooks towards the Hudson River and overlooks several new development projects and the Hudson Yards site. It provides a diverse combination of sounds from trains, boats, cars, and helicopters. It gives the area a sense of occupancy because of how many different sources of noise are present.
Ambiance 3: Roosevelt Memorial
One of my favorite ambient moments was standing along the waterfront of Roosevelt Island and listening to the sound of the city from a reasonable distant location. There are sounds of car horns from the Manhattan that can be heard from Roosevelt Island, but because of how far away from the area, the sounds become softer and more pleasant to the experience of the walk. In a way the soundscape here gives you a sense of an escape from the city without leaving the city, although development on the island may change this over time.
Ambiance 4: Brooklyn Grange Rooftop
Of the sites visited in the Brooklyn/Queens area, the experience of sound on the Brooklyn Grange rooftop offers the most unique experience of them all. The sound of the wind is the most prominent at while at the higher elevation, but the sound of cars and construction bring about the connection the the surrounding urban setting.
Ambiance 5: B62 Bus
The small areas within public transportation vehicles is a drastic change in the soundscape compared to being outside on the street. This clip captures the sounds heard while riding a bus from one area to the next rather than walking. The sound of cars and construction of muffled while the sound of people talking is more apparent. This changes the way in which we perceive an area due to the different noises perceived.