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Z Best Car Wash owner: Everything's quieter now

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The owner of an embattled Coney Island Avenue car wash hit with numerous noise violations has muzzled the ear-splitting blowers residents and civic leaders have called a neighborhood nuisance — and we have the proof!

Z Best Car Wash owner Russel Shern claimed this week that he sheathed the booming blowers in three layers of commercial-grade insulation — which was then housed in an inch-thick layer of wood — but we didn’t believe it until we checked it out ourselves.

Thankfully, our trusty iPhone has an app for measuring sound, so we downloaded the Decibel Ultra app, and put it to use, learning that the ambient noise a few feet away from the Coney Island Avenue car wash between Gerald and Kathleen courts was about 30 decibels — 12 decibels less than the legal limit of 42.

When the blowers came on, the reading hit 40 decibels — loud, but two decibels less than the legal limit.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) called the city on Shern after residents complained about the racket coming from the blaring blowers. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection ultimately investigated and found the car wash’s blowers operating at 59 decibels — 17 decibels above the legal limit.

The city hit Shern with an $860 fine and threatened to slap Shern with a cease-and-desist order if he didn’t muffle the blare, a city spokesman confirmed.

The whine from he blowers is deafening and unnerving, angry neighbors claim.

“It sounds like a pistol shot,” said an Avenue Z resident who lives across the street.

“My mom is very old, and sometimes she jumps when she hears it.”

Shern made the repairs, but accused Cymbrowitz of targeting him, claiming that the legislator had been on his case before his business opened.

“He’s been doing everything he can to shut us down, and it’s not for the noise,” Shern said. “It’s been since day one. We were hit with a stop work order for loading and unloading in the back, which we weren’t doing.”

Yet Cymbrowitz said Shern’s allegations are completely untrue.

“I don’t even know him,” Cymbrowitz said. “I’m protecting my constituents who live around the car wash, who are really being affected by the noise.”

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Reader Feedback

Illegal business from wrong zoning says:
The business is operating illegally in the wrong zoning.
They should have been closed yesterday.
Aug. 2, 2012, 10:23 am
Johanna from Sheepshead Bay says:

I wonder which car wash Cymbrowitz uses??????????

And then I wonder again??????????
Aug. 2, 2012, 11:31 am
Gennadiy from Midwood says:
Agreed with Johanna.

He uses his political power to close great businesses.

Is he supporting another Car Washes in this location?
Any relations? Did anyone investigate this matter?

THIS IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!
March 11, 2013, 7:13 pm
alex from Coney says:
Kids on 7/11 till 4am , russian restaraunt across the street ... nobody complains , but a car wash ??? really ??? tooo loud ??? GTFO ... it was a pretty good car wash where hire class peeps came on their cars . Obvously other s.....y carwashes in the area started loosing business . No wonder they closed Z best ... this is so wrong and somebody should investigate Cybrowitz !!!
Oct. 26, 2013, 9:08 am

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