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Mother Nature's 26 inches of snow gave the city a rare dose of tranquility. If you found it restorative, read on.

Susan Cain, whose fascinating, pro-wallflower book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, became an unexpected hit several years ago, has a podcast in the works on the same subject. It launches February 4. [Photo: Aaron Fedor]

Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswomen of NY's 6th District (parts of Queens including JFK), introduced a bill to Congress called the Quiet Communities Act of 2015 "to reestablish the Office of Noise Abatement and Control in the Environmental Protection Agency." Of the 28 million people in the U.S. who have some hearing loss, it is estimated that 10 million of those cases are attributable to exposure from noise. Since funding ended for the Office of Noise Abatement and Control in 1982, most noise control programs are in mothballs. The bill has been referred to committee.

Is it Carmina Burana at 5:30am
from your banging steam pipes?

Quiet New York by Siobhan Wall, explores the city's oases.
The restaurant section is way off the mark,
but the rest of the book does the job quietly and well.

NoiseOFF is a good resource, founded by Queens resident Richard Tur, designed to reduce noise pollution in local communities.

Keep the car horns, the sirens, the bus gusts, and the drunken arguments from seeping into your living space: CitiQuiet, 212.874.5362, creates a second window that eliminates up to 95% of noise without altering your existing window.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are pricey ($299) but when Chatty Cathy (or Chuck) sits next to you on the plane, also priceless.

Try this: about an hour before sunset (weather permitting), install yourself inside James Turrell's installation called Meeting at P.S. 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. [46th Ave.] Long Island City, 718.784.2084, and just let night fall.

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