This is my first post on the forum... so... an official hello! I am a new resident in Crown Heights and am a tenant of the notorious #73 on the Worst Landlords List provided by de Blasio.
To make a long story short, my second-floor apartment has been cursed with an inexplicable banging sound coming from the kitchen/bathroom area of my apartment. There are three heat pipes (I don't know the official terminology) that go through the living area (two in the kitchen, and one in the bathroom). The banging is super random, and sounds like a jackhammer going through the building. It has happened twice since I have moved in two weeks ago.
I got about 3-4 hours of sleep last night because I thought a war was going on between the floors. Is there any way this can be taken care of without a landlord? I have a super but he speaks very limited English, and essentially I think there is nothing that can be done as the pipes run through the kitchen and bathroom.
Also, one last note: There is a cigarette/gas-y type smell that comes from a corner of my bedroom where the radiator is located. I shut off the radiator to stop the banging, and thankfully my room is well-insulated, but a cigarette smell crept through there last week, and then I awoke to a gas-y smell this morning. I tried to use a odor deodorizer but that makes it smell worse.
Any and all suggestions would be helpful!