By Nina Mandell
MANHATTAN — Well, this is awkward. Sixty-eight percent of New Yorkers reported they have heard their neighbors having sex, a new survey says, but hardly anyone ever complains about it.
BrickUnderground.com, a real estate Web site, asked 400 New Yorkers about their neighbors' hot and heavy habits. It found that although two-thirds of them heard their neighbors going at it, 88 percent of them never complained to them.
The site also found that a quarter of those surveyed said they try to keep the noise down when they're having sex, while a third said the volume of their escapades depended on how much they've had to drink.
“If I'm drinking, it's not until the next morning that I'm actually terrified about what my neighbors heard,” one Lower East Side resident said in the survey.
Thumping, heard by 60 percent of respondents, was the most common sound, followed closely by moaning (56 percent) and screaming (28 percent). "Other" was heard 23 percent of the time.
To be a good neighbor, loud sex hounds can rethink their timing. One-third of people surveyed said they would prefer their neighbors to get down in the afternoon, while 35 percent vote for loud sex to be in the middle of the night, when they're already sleeping.
But given the thin walls of most city apartments and the proximity in which New Yorker's live, hearing sex is all but unavoidable.
"It's like a train wreck," 29-year-old Melissa Buck, of the Upper East Side, told the New York Post. "You have to stop what you're doing and listen, even if it's awful."