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New Yorkers grumble over noise law

NEW YORK (AP) -- The unlikely new slogan for the city that never sleeps? Shhhh.

Not all New Yorkers are happy about the new noise code enacted by the City Council.In Central Park Wednesday, some dog walkers were scratching their heads over the $45 to $525 fines for first- to third-time offenders.

"Dog barking can be really annoying, but I think landlords will use this to get out unwanted tenants with dogs -- on false pretenses," said Linda Brown, walking her father-and-daughter canines, Rascal and Riva.

A bar or nightclub that pumps noise into surrounding apartments may be fined $2,000 to $8,000 for a first offense, $6,000 to $24,000 by the third offense. For a car alarm that won't stop, the $100-$250 fine for a first-time offense jumps as high as $300-$750.

It's up to police and environmental inspectors to decide how much to fine, though any fine may be appealed.