High-pitched coolant tank whine removed — again!

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The mysterious high-pitched wail that irked residents near New York Methodist Hospital earlier this month reemerged last week — but only for some people, apparently.

As The Brooklyn Paper reported two weeks ago, many residents of Fifth and Sixth streets near the hospital were being driven mad by a tea-kettle-like squeal that was caused by dried-out fan belts inside a cooling tank on the Seventh Avenue side of the hospital.

The belts were replaced — and everyone seemed happy. Until this week.

“I can assure you … that the noise from the hospital has not been repaired,” a neighbor told The Brooklyn Paper. “The noise after the ‘repair’ has been louder but is now intermittent, making it even more noticable and unbearable.”

The only problem is that not everyone — or every dog, even — can hear it.

“I haven’t heard anything [since the repair],” said Robert Schnakenberg, resident of Sixth Street. “Neither has my dog.”

Hospital spokeswoman Lyn Hill conceded that the institution did get a call of complaint this week — and it turned out that, indeed, another set of squeaky fan belts had dried out and needed to be replaced.

Again, the hospital did the work. And that should end the squealing — of the neighbors, as well as the hospital’s fan belts — for now.

Stay tuned.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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