Here's a nice little blast from the past from the Queens Tribune:
These usually tranquil residential streets in Forest Hills are being transformed three nights a week into a nightclub parking lot, attracting thousands of guests, hundreds of cars, and nerve-racking noise until as late as 5:30 a.m.
The parties are held at the Forest Hills Country Club, on 70th Road and Sybilla Street, which by day is populated by women playing mahjong by the pool, swimmers, sunbathers, and a summer camp. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and sometimes Monday night, the club is rented out to various party promoters and transformed into an after hours bar and discotheque.
The owner of the club, Michael Ricatto, says that they have been renting the facilities out for parties for nearly two decades. The only difference, he says, is that the patrons of the recent events were black and not white.
"The real problem isn’t noise, it’s racism. We want to get along with the community, but we do not want to stop doing black parties."
Ricatto added that if he could he would have parties every night, but if "we are unable to continue with the parties and have to close the place down, then we will build low-income housing on the site and have the last laugh on the neighborhood."
Amazing. Not only did Ricatto pull an O'Neill's, but he threatened to turn the area into a ghetto. You folks in the 32nd Council District should keep this in mind on February 24th when you head to the polls (in case his unlicensed driver's "accident" and then lying about suspending his campaign weren't enough to sway you).