Sigh. Having lived in a VERY poorly maintained building for over 10 years in Queens, this does NOT surprise me in the least. We had a similar air-pressure problem that led to a pipe under my sink exploding--as in actually bursting. It was an ancient U-bend that had been shoddily replaced and taped over the years. He tried to blame me for the subsequent flooding, claiming that items stored under my sink had caused the explosive rupture (yeah, a bottle of bleach, toilet cleaner, and dish detergent that MAY bump up against a pipe does NOT cause that).
New York landlords are the worst. I have also found that we have more water pressure issues in the winter, when the LL plays games with the hot water, which leads to more air in the pipes when everyone tries to take a shower at once.