Manhattan man writes epic clapback to neighbor after noise complaint

Posted at 2:22 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 14:22:58-04

INWOOD, Manhattan — An Inwood man’s response to a noise complaint from his neighbor has gone viral.

Richard Brookshire’s downstairs neighbor complained to building management about noise coming from Brookshire’s apartment and threatened to complain to police.

Brookshire responded with a letter of his own addressed to “The Passive Aggressive Neighbor & His Wife.”

“As one of the only tenants of color occupying this building at full market rate, I find it personally abhorrent that you’d levy the threat of involving the authorities for an insignificant infraction such as the one you noted in your poorly written and ill-thought-out correspondence,” Brookshire wrote. “As a Black man, I take these overt actions as a direct threat to my physical and psychological well-being and as an act of violence upon me.”

Brookshire attached a list of people killed by police or in police custody this year and taped the letter to his neighbors’ door Thursday night.

He stopped outside their apartment Friday morning on his way to work and his letter was still hanging up. Brookshire says his building’s super told him the apartment’s tenants frequently play piano at all hours of the day.

“Amateur-Beethoven and Bach and all that music with no rhythm,” Brookshire wrote on Facebook. “I’ve been wondering for months who’d been making all that god-awful NOISE and come to find out #5J’s the culprit.”

Brookshire plans to submit a formal complaint with the police, American Civil Liberties Union and District Community Board about his neighbor, according to his Facebook posts.

“Should you feel the need to threaten me again, please do so in person so that an amenable solution can be reached,” Brookshire wrote.