Mystery music bugs Flushing from far away

Vehicles congregate in Willets Point for what residents across the water in Flushing say is an extra-loud bash. Photo by Peter Condiles
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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.

“You go around the corner and there it is, but you go around another and you don’t hear anything,” he said.

Condiles next suspected the late-night din could be emanating from a karaoke club on Union Street, but another weekend’s search turned up nothing.

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 called 311 to report the nuisance, but when he was contacted by the city Department of Environmental Protection, the man on the other end of the line wanted to know where the sound was coming from.

“I don’t know,” Condiles recalled saying before he was told there was nothing the agency, which measures decibel levels to verify noise complaints, could do.

DEP later said the agency is responsible for issuing violations and would need to know the offending party to do a sound test, but would follow up with Condiles’ request.

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.

But Graziano hopes the NYPD can put a stop to the gregarious gatherings altogether.

“Who knew you could hear something like that from across a river and through downtown Flushing?” Graziano asked. “It has got to end. I have had enough.”

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 2:54 am, July 12, 2013
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Joann from whitestone says:
I have been complaining about this noise since last year!, I thought it was my neighbors next door and I was going to go there and start screaming (because i have a toddler at home), but it seemed to be further than that. I asked (on facebook) if any of my neighbors heard it and 3 others agreed with me. No one wants to hear reggaeton at 11 pm!
July 11, 2013, 12:19 pm
Drew from North Flushing says:
Still doesn't hold a candle to my stock '97 Nissan Altima speakers blasting Wang Chung and Oingo Boingo. Read it and weep, boys!
July 11, 2013, 5 pm
Peter from North Flushing says:
To Joanne from Whitestone; Why didn't you do something about it. I dontt understand why everyone between where I and Paul live and, at least, College point Blvd haven't said something, report it thru 311 at least. Based on the info I have from the Comanding officer @ the 110th Pct and Reporter Joe Anuta, I don't believe its been quite a whole year. At least, if you read the complete article, it only began at their present location, Willets Pt., May 11~12. Before that, they held these Music Parties at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Corona Park!
July 11, 2013, 7:19 pm
To Peter, I actually called 311 and the 109th Pct to see if anyone else had complained or to see where it was coming from. nothing got done as usual. and this problem did happen about a year ago and again more recently calling 311 which was EDC at citifield MAY 17-18.
July 12, 2013, 10:04 am
Bernadette from College Point says:
I've been hearing this extremely loud spanish music in College Point, 23 ave & 129 st, on holidays & weekend nights sometimes until 6am, ( in the house with the windows closed) and when I called 311 they told me I needed to give them an address I finally did track it down to Willets Pt around T.Mina Supply, 35 & 36 ave's bet 126 & 127 st. When I called 311 back & then checked the service request #, it showed the Police responded & took action, but even after that they were doing it again. So, everytime I hear it I call & the Police respond and stop it so, I dont understand why the Police from the 110 Pct dont go there regularly knowing this is going on instead of waiting for someone to call & complain.
July 13, 2013, 12:18 am
Arthur says:

Centola, cut the crap!
July 14, 2013, 6:21 am
Bernadette from College Poin says:
Arthur,I hope you are not telling me to cut the crap, this is all true, if you like, you can leave your phone number & next time the music is playing I will call you and you can come to my block and hear it yourself. I have been living here for 57 yrs & the only time I've heard music like this was from the concerts at Shea Stadium/ Citi Field, at least they were pleasant and ended & didn't go on all night. I dont know what the centola means, but since you made your comment right after mine I thought you were referring to me, if you weren't I apologize
July 14, 2013, 10:52 am
Joann from Whitestone says:
Bernadette, I thought I was going crazy hearing the music .. As long as I'm not the only one.. But not knowing where it's coming from is frustrating especially when calling 311.
July 14, 2013, 2:30 pm
Resident from North Flushing says:
On Saturday 07/20 you could hear the loud music again from around 12 AM to 2:30 AM in North Flushing (Linden Hill). We called the 110th precinct and informed them of the madness and who knows if they will take real measures to prevent this from recurring. It's a real nuisance which needs to be addressed now. It's been going on since May.
July 20, 2013, 8:51 pm
Bernadette from College Pt says:
I also heard it 2 am ( fri nite) I called 311 again & the service report says the Police responded at 2:28 am & stopped them....I'm waiting again tonight, I know they will be there again, I also think they should take measures to prevent them from congregating in the first place
July 20, 2013, 10:06 pm
peter from N. Flushing says:
I too am going tonight, Saturday~Sunday, 7/20~7/21 in a few minutes. If they are there again I will submit 311 online and wait there to see what happens. Oh, btw, Ch.11 may do a story on this. They told me they liked this Times Ledger story/article. And depending on "other activities" they may report it also.
July 20, 2013, 10:54 pm
peter from N. Flushing says:
Well, I stayed at Willets Point till 3AM and, as of 3, it didn't materialize. However there were a few cars driving around, pulling over to the side of 'Stadium Drive' I presume waiting for it to be posted on whichever site they've been illegedly using to disseminate the info of where the night's time and exact location!
July 21, 2013, 2:40 am
Sleepless nights from Bayside says:
I am so glad I found this story. I called everyone . this noise was keeping me up all the way in bayside East of Francis Lewis Blvd. At first I thought it was a graduation party. then as the time progressed I was walking the streets with other neighbors we tried to track it down we thought downtown flushing it wasn't. I even needed some sanity checks as I could not believe I would be hearing loud bass 2 miles away. turn out its more like 3 miles away. I goggled grand opening Spanish nightclub queens thinking id find the location. Endless 311 calls , now I know the spot. P.S. I even called the real estate to sell the house I dreaded weekends.
July 22, 2013, 2:55 pm
Sleepless weekends from Flushing says:

Article linked on this blog - comments from readers give more information on the situation
July 23, 2013, 10:51 am
Resident from Flushing says:

New article - Willets Point parties perturb Baysiders 3 miles away
July 25, 2013, 5:40 pm
Resident from Flushing says:
Again the crazy loud music from Willets Pt. street party on Friday 07/26 very late, called 311 again, waiting for Saturday/Sunday nights, God help us all... When will this madness stop? It's been going on since May. Unbelievable!
July 27, 2013, 9:11 am
residents from flushing says:
those people coming back again. God help us
Aug. 25, 2013, 11:17 pm
ed from flushing says:
Crazy happened again 2015. Thank goodness I found this website. I was going nuts driving around. They should do a science project on this. Amazing how the sound plays tricks over a mile a way.

This time the police said it was coming from the park. Flushing meadow park
May 25, 2015, 12:36 am
M. MacGregor from Forest Hills/Corona border says:
This has been afflicting my neighborhood for the past several years. However, this past Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2015, was one of the absolute worst. I have been blaming it on a downstairs neighbor. I live at 108-53 62nd Drive, 12th floor, with a view out on Meadow Lake. A neighbor told me it was coming from Flushing Meadows Park. I couldn't believe it...I started to walk towards the park at night, to see . . .as I got closer to the Grand Central Pky. service road, it was deafening and seemed to be coming from EVERYWHERE. . .It is good to know I am not crazy, but also will it ever STOP? HELP.
Oct. 6, 2015, 7:08 am
Joe from Whitestone says:
It's 06/11/16 at 12:47 am and this bass is pounding. I'm in central Whitestone and it's coming through the walls. It sounds like it's coming from my north-west. Wtf...
June 10, 2016, 11:49 pm
Larry from Michell garden #3 says:
I live off unit street at Michelle garden and today and yesterday night at 11-1am I can hear music playing, something has to be done. I'm calling 311 the local police station and whom ever that I can think of to end this, but it's up to all of us to see something and say something!
June 11, 2016, 10:01 pm
Rex from Whitestone says:
I've been noticing this since fall of last year, have called 311 a bunch of times, and have gone out to try to find the source several times. For awhile I was convinced it was a restaurant down the street until I called them directly when the music was blasting and they were like, huh, what music? So it wasn't them. The latest was last night. I walked all the way to Francis Lewis Park and it sounded like it was coming across the East River from the Bronx, but I can't be sure as it's very hard to pinpoint. On my walk back I approached a cop in a police car and mentioned the problem. He said they are aware, as they get 30-40 calls "when this happens" but he said he's never heard it himself. He mentioned something about a boat with huge speakers in a marina somewhere. Thing is, if they're driving around with the windows up they probably won't ever hear it unless they're stopped and just happen to catch a loud burst. He said the problem was in a different precinct (pretty sure he was from the 109th). I called 311 just to log it and they closed the complaint with the following:

Status The Police Department responded to the complaint and took action to fix the condition.
Notes to Customer music was coming from 110 pct and has stopped

I wonder what exactly happened. 110th handles Elmhurst and Queens Blvd. That's farther away than the Bronx I think.

I started hearing some of it again tonight starting around 10:30pm or so. It comes and goes.

Joe where are you in Whitestone? Man are we the only ones complaining? It's driving me nuts. Send me an email, maybe we can get others together on this and complain in a more organized fashion. Maybe there's a forum or better website that we don't know about. road_slayer
June 11, 2016, 10:54 pm
Sleepless in Bayside says:
These creeps are at it again started at 11 pm
May 19, 2017, 11:18 pm
Sleepless in Bayside says from bayside says:
nice ruin this night too, bayside 1148pm its been going on now for 45 minutes
May 27, 2017, 10:48 pm
Sleepless in Bayside says:
Thank you for starting up the music again at 1240 am, I hope you drop dead
July 1, 2017, 12:07 am
Sleepless In bayside says:
they are at it again
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:20 pm
Sleepless in Bayside says:
These dirty low lifes at at it again since 1045pm
Sept. 30, 11:33 pm
Rohan from Kissena park says:
Hi. It’s been a few weeks I hear the bass and subwoofer from the music paying. Weekends until 5 am! Also Monday’s! I’ve actually sat in my car and drove around Kissena Park to see if it was coming from there but I hear it everywhere. Who should I contact? I’m extremely fed up
Oct. 16, 2:36 pm
john from razzaq says:
It is interesting to read your blog post and I am going to share it with my friends.
Nov. 6, 4:20 am

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