Tired of not sleeping because loud parties keep you up at night?

Party season in Allston and Brighton is back! (Some would say it never ended, but after the Mansfield St party that was still going strong at 3:00 Saturday morning, I am declaring that it is back).

Boston Police have a new program to help us with this - the Boston Police Party Line - The purpose of the Party Line is to give city residents a direct contact for reporting the occurrence of loud after-hours parties. Please make note of the telephone number 617-343-5500.



  1. Anonymous10:58 AM


    Seriously, you live between two big schools and in a college city, you knew this moving in and should have had the forsight to know that there would be loud, all night parties.

    stop bitching.
    (p.s. no, I'm not an undergrad, but I was at one time and yours is the lamest complaint ever)

  2. Charlie D.3:48 PM

    Anonymous, it's true some places are known for being louder than others, especially those with higher concentrations of students. However, shouldn't a level of courtesy be held for everyone? Residents of ALL ages should be respectful of others living close by. I live in Allston and expect parties on weekends. However, I also expect that people will quiet down by 2 am or so, which is generally the case. I don't ask that there not be parties or that parties break up early. I just ask that those people having parties limit their noise at a decent hour.

  3. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Anyone know response time vs 911 calls? There was a party at a park a few doors away from me Sat night & called 911. They said very busy night and they get to it based on rating of concern

  4. Dear Anonymous:

    It is not unreasonable to ask that people not scream, "DOOOOD!" or talk to each other at the top of their lungs when they're outside and wasted at 4am. It is also not unreasonable to ask that people not park halfway into an intersection, block accessibility ramps at intersections, smash bottles anywhere possible, pee in my yard, leave cups everywhere to blow around in the breeze the next morning, or vomit in the middle of the sidewalk, on my stoop, or on my neighbor's car...
    I was once in college too and I went to tons of parties and stayed till way past 2am, and I've never seen the kind of disregard for a neighborhood by students as I have seen since moving to Allston.
    Common courtesy isn't much to ask for at all.

  5. Anonymous2:32 PM


    all you guys do is go out of your way to find parties and problems. I'm sure you all were in college once and if you didn't party then thats your own problem. We don't do anything to piss you guys off unless you come looking for trouble.

    Also, thanks to us being in the area, your damn property values have gone up so if its such a big deal, pack up, move out, and thank us for giving you such a nice selling price on your house.

  6. Anonymous12:12 AM

    To the first Anonymous:

    I doubt any of us will be able to get through your thick skull, but try and think about this.... First of all, there are noise ordinances in place for the entire Boston region: anything over 50 decibels (like a quiet office conversation) is illegal after 10 PM and before 7 AM. NO ONE is that strict about it: count your blessings, because the neigborhoods are already lenient with noisy douchebags. Also, moving isn't always possible. Not everyone who wants to sleep is a middle-aged corporate schlub: some of us are students at your two big schools (or other schools) who don't have Mommy and Daddy behind us to pay rent and bills, who not only go to school full time, but also work a part-time or full-time job. We like to be close to our school, because it's kind of tough to commute 1.5 hours from the suburbs to make your 8 AM classes after getting home at 1 AM because you were working. Moving above/next to clubs and bars is dumb, but people who rent on residential streets should be able to expect an environment somewhat conducive to productivity and rest. "Choices" can only be controlled to some extent, depending on our means. We have rights to be undisturbed in our own properties.

    I'm not saying everyone who parties should stop; it's a great release. But try and realize that it's possible to let loose and have fun without keeping the entire city awake, and while being respectful of people who might live a different lifestyle. No one's breaking up parties until after 2 AM usually; when the law is 10 PM, isn't that more than reasonable?

    I don't think anyone goes out of their way to look for parties. When I call the cops on the assholes downstairs who think it's okay to play drumsets and yell WOOOOO DUUUUUUDE WOOOOOOOO until 4 AM three nights a week, somehow I don't think it's going out of my way. I can only hope someday you assholes will learn a little respect - you might actually get some back.

    ps - don't go thinking I'm old. I'm 22 and know how to party. I also go to school full time year round for two different degrees, work two jobs, and I like my sleep during the week.

  7. Anonymous6:55 PM

    To all:

    I'm a full-time student and work a part-time job. I recently went to a party at a friend's place. It wasn't a raging kegger or anything like that. It was a pretty standard party. We were in the basement of the place and we definitely weren't that loud, but sure enough sometime after midnight a whole bunch of cops come in and break us up. We weren't loud, we were in a basement, but some complete asshole was walking up and down the street peeking in windows and calling in every party possible. Everyone at that party is a responsible person. We aren't douscebags who stumble home blacked out like a complete buffoon. It was a RESPONSIBLE social gathering. We were respecting the neighbors and being quiet and in the basement. AND THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 TIMES THIS SEMESTER ALONE!!! How do the people who live here who aren't students expect honest and responsible people to respect them when they're spoiling any kind of party and kids who are completely innocent? Seriously, I told my friends who live there to call the cops on the asshole walking up and down the street peeking in windows and tell the cops that they're concerned they're being stalked. It's ridiculous. If the people of AB want to ruin the activities of innocent students who are respecting the community, then they should not expect respect from any of us "assholes" in return.

    So to the person who made the last post, there ARE people who are going out of their way to report parties to the police. Rumor has it that there are other people on other streets doing the same thing. This is ridiculous. TRUE STORY: One time a woman walked up my friend's driveway to look in their window. They had like 10 people over and it was early in the night (i.e. before the noise ordinance is in effect) and she still reported the party to the cops. I'm not exaggerating.

    Another note: TALK TO PEOPLE. If you go up to your neighbors and POLITELY tell them what you want in terms of noise, property not being damaged, etc. then you shouldn't have a problem. If someone came over to my place or picked up a phone to call and said, "Hey I'd appreciate if you guys could quiet it down because I'm trying to sleep," I would respect that. However, if my neighbor called the cops, got my friends arrested, and me in huge trouble with the school and my parents then I'd be pissed off.

    And if you don't like the college community, then you shouldn't have moved here in the first place. You could have easily gone around and seen who your neighbors were and what they were like. If you didn't like the kind of people in the area, then you shouldn't have moved here in the first place. My friends found a cheap place that's close to everything and is in a quiet part of the area, so it is possible to find somewhere in AB that you like and is affordable.

    1. Anonymous2:09 PM

      > "...some complete asshole was walking up and down the street peeking in windows and calling in every party possible."

      Maybe. Or maybe the party wasn't as quiet as you claim. Did the cops come and decide it wasn't noisy?

      > "I told my friends who live there to call the cops on the asshole walking up and down the street peeking in windows..."

      That makes sense only if there is something illegal about walking around and looking. Being a "peeping Tom" is one. Having eyes and ears functioning while walking is another.

      > "...innocent students who are respecting the community..."

      ReallY? "Respecting" how, exactly? Often students have lost part of their hearing already, due to sustained noise in clubs and parties. So what THEY deem "reasonable" is excessive to those who have undiminished hearing.

      > "...she still reported the party to the cops."

      Police have discretion. If a party is quiet, they most likely won't break it up (they have more important things to do). However, such parties are often louder than inebriated attendees admit/sense, and sometimes cops note other things: pot-smoking, under-age drinking, illegal drugs, etc.

      > "Another note: TALK TO PEOPLE. If you go up to your neighbors and POLITELY tell them what you want in terms of noise, property not being damaged, etc. then you shouldn't have a problem."

      You show both your arrogance and naivete. The onus is on the PARTY-THROWERS to talk to neighbors and ask THEM if they mind a soiree occurring at such and such a time (and perhaps inviting them). Also to give phone numbers so hosts can be contacted instead of police.

      > "And if you don't like the college community, then you shouldn't have moved here in the first place..."

      Sorry. If YOU don't like police enforcing known noise ordinances, YOU shouldn't have moved there in the first place.

      > "If you didn't like the kind of people in the area, then you shouldn't have moved here in the first place."

      Again, if people don't like YOUR 'kind of people," they have the right to respond to you as they have. You are the "visiting team."

      > "My friends found a cheap place that's close to everything and is in a quiet part of the area..."

      Great! The moon sounds perfect for them. Prolly feels like home, too.

  8. Ya know, I've slowly moved out of the city because of the noise. Now I live in a residential neighborhood in Brighton where there is a mix of families, working professionals and college students. There is a house next to my building (and I should point out that everyone in my building is quiet and respectful which has been wonderful) where college kids live. Their kitchen door faces my bedroom and this just happens to be their place of choice to hang out and smoke and be loud. I get that you are on vacation and can stay up til hours of the night, I'm sure I did that as well. But I damn well respected the fact that other people had to get up for work in the morning. I've been privy to many lovely conversations, arguments and crying fits from those disrespectful kids. Last night I had to scream out my window to shut up because, at 1am, I had to get up for work a few hours later.
    So what do you think is better... yelling at them, or just calling the cops every night when I get woken up with drunk hyena laughing or fighting? Cause talking to them sure as hell isn't going to do anything.

    And to the person who commented on the basement party... you really don't know how loud you are until you are alseep in your bed and are being woken up by the party in the basement next door. I have had to go out in my pajamas with my dog into a condo where the front door was open and everyone was in the basement to tell them to keep it down because I had to go to work the next day. The weekend has 2 nights, friday and saturday. Wednesday at 2am is NOT part of the weekend and it is NOT ok to have parties!

  9. Anonymous12:23 AM

    >anonymous said...

    This may come as a surprise, but the world doesn't revolve around you. Why don't you learn to respect your neighborhood? Your "message" is pompous and asinine. What about the other students in the neighborhood, such as myself, that work their asses off (I assume you are not premed) and just want to come home without some drunk "dood" screaming out the window and pissing in the driveway? Grow up and realize this life is not all about you. Maybe then you'll learn to respect the environment where you live.

  10. Anonymous12:46 AM

    thanks for the post, I called in a party the other night and I'm glad I did. thanks for the number!

    if you dont want to be called on, dont do anything that warrants it. being 20 doesnt give you the right to be disrespectful.

  11. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Basically, I have lived in LA for about 15 years now, I am 38. Don't forget, Allston is Rock City. I think you may want to consider moving off of Mansfield Street as it is notorious for sucking. There are tons of other very quiet and nice streets all around you where you can get sleep AND entertain a party or two. Mansfield Street should be made into a nice park.

  12. Anonymous12:50 PM


  13. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Not only does the law say that you can't have more than 50 decibels at night... but all other times of the day it is set at 70 decibels just fyi... like my upstairs neighbors who are blasting their music sooo loud that I have a headache and my computer desk is vibrating along with all the light fixtures...

    and you know what... we can't all just get up and move at will, so stop suggesting it since it is stupid!

    luckily for me my area has been relatively quiet and upstairs has only done this a few times... I tried knocking on their door (they couldn't hear me knocking!!!) and called the landlord to ask them nicely to turn their music down some but it's obnoxious and the music keeps skipping. So I'm likely to call in and report them (and I don't think they are college students either!!!)

  14. Anonymous9:32 AM

    my undergrad neighbors right now, and since 830 AM, have been involved in a drinking game that seemingly invlolvs screaming like you had tourettes. for a solid hour and a half. im not usually a "call the cops" kind of guy - more of a confrontational in your fgace shut your bleeping piehole kind of guy - but this shit is driving me insane.

    Patriot's Day - celebrate by being a fucking asshole

    arson always happens to the wrong people

  15. i am fine with noise and parties as this is allston. ive lived here for 5 years and normally its whatever. but it is currently almost 5am and i cannot sleep because the people directly above me feel it is necessary to listen to blurred lines on repeat with their subwoofer at full blast. sorry but no. go to bed or find a new song. its been on loop since 3am.

  16. Anonymous10:23 AM

    If you have come to this page with a noise problem, sympathy and greetings! We know you are likely suffering a constant headache (ringing in your ears), sleepless nights, negative effects during waking hours on work and your quality of life, relationship issues because you can't solve the noise problem, etc. Following is an explanation of how the system works in Allston/Brighton and within a few days you can get on the path to solving the problem. The problem IS NOT going to go away on its own so here's how to solve it ASAP:
    1. First, we got a good/accurate understanding of what Boston City laws, ordinances, specify about what is o.k. and what is not o.k.: See Boston Municipal Code (Chapter 16, Section 26): "noise that is unreasonable or excessive: louder than 50 decibels between 11:00am and 7:00am or louder than 70 decibels at ALL hours is breaking the law. If you have a smartphone download a decibel app, we used "Decible 10th" a free app. Note that Boston has a Zero Tolerance policy for people who break the noise levels.
    2. Check your lease. There is likely a clause or two in there, as in ours, relating to: "tenant(s) agree not to disturb their neighbors, impinge on their rights, etc." something to this effect.Your loud neighbors likely have the same or a similar lease. Another important clause: "Landlord cannot discriminate or take action against a tenant for reporting problems ie: loud neighbors." something to that effect. I though that the two of us vs. six in the loud apartment might motivate the landlord to ask us to leave but this isn't the way it works. The police and the law would not look kindly on a landlord who did this, so most of them will do the right thing and have the "eviction talk" with your loud neighbors.
    3. Record all instances of noise that breaks the time and decibel guidelines. You'll need this when you talk to your landlord and/or police.

    1. Anonymous10:29 AM

      continued below . . .

  17. Anonymous10:24 AM

    continued from above:

    4. The next step is your choice. First I'll tell you what we did and then what we recommend in hindsight.
    5. What we did: 1) within two or three days of our new neighbors moving in and already enduring monotonous loud music at all hours and a keg party on our front lawn I wrote up a letter regarding the municipal code and our landlord's lease terms and visited our new neighbors and told the guys, in the letter and verbally in the nicest possible way, that I was happy they moved in, was once a student myself, but that Boston law is very specific about noise levels and if they didn't follow the rules, which I reproduced in the letter, I wouldn't hesitate to call the police. Basically they apologized, said that classes hadn't started yet, gave me their number so I could call in case things got out of hand, etc. Not wanting to have to babysit them, I mentioned the decibel app that they could use to measure their activity and bring it in line themselves.
    6. Step 5 was kind of a waste. While there seemed to be some good will expressed the boys continued on with loud music every day and night until as late as 3:30am and had at least 3 parties where 50 to 100 people invaded our building and surrounding grounds, playing drinking games, throwing cigarette butts everywhere, and as the hours went on loud talking, screaming, etc. These "scholars" live directly below our floorboards and it wasn't unusual for our living area to be filled up by the smell of marijuana at any and all hours.

  18. Anonymous10:25 AM

    continued from above:

    7. With the first instance of our neighbor breaking Boston municipal code after our meeting we began to call 911. We called 911 12 times over the next 10 days and the police showed up just once and the visit by police didn't seem to deter the partying and loud behavior after the police left. It continued on day after day. We were be driven mad.
    8. This is when we became most upset. It seemed like the boys were "winning" and despite what Boston laws state and the "Zero Tolerance" policy, the boys would get away with it.
    9. At this point I called the Brighton Police Department (617-343-4260) which overseas Brighton/Allston. It was on a Sunday morning after a particularly loud night. The police officer there talked me through a number of steps to take: 1) always call 911, 2) you can call the "party line" (617-343-5500) but all of those calls go to 911 anyway, 3) calling 911 doesn't take resources away from more severe problems, 4) police prefer you call 911 for loud parties, 5) call the Mayor's Hotline (617-635-4500) and open a case. You'll explain the problems and they'll give you a case number, 6) MOST IMPORTANT: call the Brighton/Allston Community Service line (617-343-4376). We called the Community Service line twice and didn't hear back from them for 2 weeks, but when we did the officer arranged to go to our neighbors apartment and read them the riot act.
    10. You might notice that in all of the above the last thing we did was call our landlord, in our case the Super. I avoided calling the landlord because I just didn't think they could do anything. But when I called the Super he told me that he'd heard from the Brighton/Allston police about all of the complaints we'd made to 911 and the party line. He said this was a big problem for the landlord because it would likely lead to fines.
    11. So, therein lies the hammer. The law is clear, the police are on your side, the problem lies in the fact that police have a lot of things to do. One police officer told me that a typical night in Brighton/Allston has 30 or 40 complaints for noise. So there will be many times when you call the police and they won't come. But its important to start a paper trail. Calls to 911 end up on the paper trail, calls to the party line don't end up on the police paper trail.

  19. Anonymous10:27 AM

    continued from above

    12. Here's what we'd do in hindsight: 1) first call your landlord immediately after the problem begins. Chances are your neighbors are breaking the terms of their lease, 2) if your landlord doesn't take action immediately then begin calling the police, 3) the more you call the police, party line, Mayor's hotline, etc. the more you are going to be showing up on the radar. This is not our advice, this is the advice of the police!
    13. If you have to go to the police, and you have to keep making calls, eventually you'll be on the radar and the police will call your landlord and threaten to fine them if they don't take action to protect you.

    ***VERY IMPORTANT*** - It is not uncommon when people have to put up with loud neighbors and after listening to 8 straight hours of boring, monotonous music until 3:30am to go crazy and to want to go an settle the issue themselves. But this is the worst thing you can do. Even though anyone in the right mind would "go ballistic" don't. You don't want to make your "scholars" appear to be victims. You are the victim. Just follow the steps above and you'll bring these folks into line.
    I our case the landlord/Super visited the boys and told them if they don't follow the law they will be evicted. The landlord/Super also called the parents of two of the "scholars" who had had their lease papers co-signed by their parents.
    That's it. We live in a country of laws. If people don't follow laws, they have to pay the consequences.

    Best of luck!

  20. Hey First Anonymous, looks like you lost. Now YOU move! Remember, you're still the visiting team.