A woman in New York City is on a tear to ban an activity she says rivals the drug and gangs that used to run around her (now incredibly trendy) neighborhood: Adult kickball.
DNAinfo.com reports that Karen Gehres has started a petition and will present her complaints at a community board meeting to get a kickball league banned from the school near her apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
"I have lived in the neighborhood when there were gangs running around, heroin, but this is one of the most annoying, obnoxious things,” she told DNAinfo. "It is a very frat-house behavior. I don't want to insult children and say it is childish -- these are adults screaming, trying to relive their youth or something."
Gehres said she the leagues, which play on weeknights and many weekends, are so noisy she can't even open her windows.
One of the two leagues that play there says it monitors the noise and is careful to end activities by 10 p.m.
Gehres told the neighborhood news site she wants the leagues to be moved to East River Park -- a park on the East Side of Manhattan, which is not surrounded by a neighborhood.
The only problem, as many adult kickball playing New York residents know? Another kickball league laid claim to those fields years ago. And the ones in Central Park too.