We hate to quote Billy Joel here, but we have ask…

Has anyone else been woken up in the middle of the night by an INSANELY LOUD ALARM near 3rd Ave? It’s too loud for a car alarm, so we’re guessing it’s a building alarm of some sort. It is SO loud. And goes on for 4 minutes.

It all started on Saturday the 4th. Well, technically Sunday morning. After going off once around 2am, it went off every 17 minutes for 4 minutes starting at 4am…lasting until 6am!! Couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, nor did we sleep at all between 2 and 6…allowing us to memorize its routine. By the time we got downstairs once around 5:30…it had stopped.

Not knowing what to do and quite frazzled…we called 311 at around 5 to report the noise [and hey what if it was the nearby bank??], who referred us to 911–yikes. Cops were sent but didn’t get there in time to find anything…and didn’t wait long enough to hear it again and try to figure out where it was coming from.

Since early Sunday, it’s gone off once Sunday evening…then to our delight, it went off twice, at 2am and 4am last night/this morning.

Has anyone else experienced this in the area? If it happens twice in a row again [17 mins apart]…we’re goin downstairs right away to determine the source…and then call the police department directly [per the NYPD’s instructions online].

Any commiseration or other suggestions? Let’s get to the bottom of this, Bay Ridge!