Friday, July 12, 2013
Illegal street parties at the Point
From the Times Ledger:
Residents of a serene North Flushing block spent six weeks tracking down the elusive source of blaring music — and were shocked to find it across a river and more than a mile away.
Peter Condiles lives in the leafy section of Flushing north of downtown where lawns, driveways and carefully manicured bushes are the norm.
It was a quiet place to grow up and live.
“At least it use to be,” he said.
On May 11, Condiles was awakened by loud music pulsating through the walls of his home.
When the racket returned the following weekend, he began walking around the neighborhood, thinking someone might be throwing a party.
But the sound seemed to be playing tricks on him.
Main Street? Linden Place?
Just when the lifelong Flushing resident thought he had cornered the source of his sleepless nights, the sound would vanish.
Condiles had been in contact with another neighbor also seeking the source of the pumping bass, Flushing activist Paul Graziano, and the two spent several evenings driving around, ears tuned to the night air. They went as far as College Point Boulevard before they agreed the sound must be coming from farther away, across the Flushing River.
After another unsuccessful venture into Corona, on June 21 Condiles stumbled upon hundreds of people congregated in Willets Point, a gritty area of junk yards and auto shops across from Citi Field and more than 1 1/2 miles from his house.
“There were between three and five cars or vans. Each one had its trunk or back doors open and maybe 20 or 30 speakers on the doors,” he said. “They were all playing the same thing.”
Condiles and Graziano believe the combined amplification power of the souped-up speakers had sent sound waves bouncing across the Flushing River, off of building facades and into their quiet enclave — and they want the parties, which have been driving neighbors nuts, to stop.
Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson, commanding officer at the 110th Precinct, said police had already driven the pop-up parties — which may be organized through social media — from around Meadow Lake inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park several months ago.
Now that they have migrated to Willets Point, the precinct has started to do patrols and issue summonses.
Last Friday, officers confiscated a car, he said.