Willets Point parties perturb Baysiders 3 miles away

Revelers line the streets in the Iron Triangle for pop-up parties that have been driving residents nuts as far as 3 miles away. Photo courtesy Peter Condiles
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Party animals who blast music out of trunk-mounted car speakers in Willets Point are driving homeowners nuts as far away as Bayside.

TimesLedger Newspapers reported earlier this month on the seven-week ordeal of North Flushing resident Peter Condiles, who successfully tracked the maddening music to a recurring Iron Triangle block party 1 1/2 miles from his home. Now residents living twice as far away say their sleepless nights can be traced to the same source.

At about 2 a.m. on a night in mid-May, Ignatius LaBarbera stepped outside his home near the corner of 202nd Street and 36th Avenue in Bayside for some fresh air, but it was not the relaxing experience he was looking for.

“My deck was vibrating,” he said.

The retired NYPD officer at first dismissed the pounding music, believing it was a graduation bash or other one-time party.

But when the noise returned the next weekend, he knew he had a problem.

“It was really driving me out of my skin. The din of the air conditioner, the radio and the TV — they were no good,” he said. “The bass went right through.”

LaBarbera took to wandering the streets near his home late at night in a futile effort to pinpoint where the sound was coming from. He sometimes ran into perplexed neighbors trolling the streets on the same nocturnal mission.

One man stormed over to a nearby house, sure he had located the source of the music, only to find all the lights were out and not a soul stirring inside.

“It was the most bizarre thing. All of a sudden you’d turn onto an avenue and it was as quiet as a church,” LaBarbera said.

He checked for new nightclubs or vacant stores where spontaneous revelry might crop up, but when he drove by, they were always dead silent.

One weekend he trained his crosshairs on a bar near the corner of Utopia Parkway and 29th Avenue.

“I thought, ‘This was it,’” he said. “But I walk in and they are playing Frank Sinatra on the jukebox.”

LaBarbera called the 111th Precinct, 311 — any agency he could think of. The city Department of Environmental Protection contacted him to perform a noise survey, since it can issue violations, but LaBarbera and his neighbors could not point to where the sound was coming from.

“When we went to Flushing, I really thought I lost my mind,” he said, incredulous the sound could be coming from that far away.

But Main and Union streets turned up nothing, and the armchair investigators again returned to Bayside.

It was only after learning of Condiles’ ordeal that LaBarbera believed the two had been victims of the same souped-up speakers.

On June 21, Condiles stumbled upon hundreds of people gathered at an outdoor party in the Iron Triangle, a small neighborhood of auto shops and junkyards across from Citi Field. Several cars had their trunks open, where as many as 30 speakers were mounted inside a single vehicle, the Flushing resident said.

All of the autos had been synchronized and were collectively blasting dance music out over the Flushing River, where the sound bounced off homes, supermarkets and shopping centers before rattling the eardrums of weary residents.

The 110th Precinct, which covers the area, said the parties are likely organized by social media and had moved from another location in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Officers have been patrolling the area, breaking up the bashes and have even confiscated cars, police said.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 7:00 pm, July 25, 2013
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Resident from Flushing says:

Mystery music bugs Flushing from far away
July 25, 2013, 5:42 pm
Sleepless weekends from Flushing says:

Comments from readers on this blog may help identify the problem further and get help from the local law enforcement to stop these "parties."
July 25, 2013, 5:56 pm
North Flushing resident from North Flushing says:
Its amazing what appears to be too little way too late. Is this article legit? I say that because the music parties did not materialize the weekend before the All Star Game nor last Saturday or Sunday nights. It appears to be a regirgitation, basically, of the first article, by the North Flushing resident Peter Condiles. The article says the same exact thing(s) and ill be damned, used Condiles' photos! Couldn't you be original at least? This guy can't get his own photos cause its not possible, they haven't gathered since 3 weekends ago, as I can tell and saw first hand. I don't know one way or the other about last Friday, since I was not there Friday. However I was there on Location Saturday and Sunday as well as pre All Star Game weekend 's 3 nights!
July 25, 2013, 8:53 pm
Residents from Flushing says:

If blasting music from Willets Point area is heard again during weekends or at other times, call 311 and file noise complaint, give the location as Willets Point/Iron Triangle - to process the request you need an exact location - intersection of 126th Street & Willets Pt. Blvd. will work. Also call the 110th Precinct which covers that area to report the noise. They are aware of it, but it's important to notify them as soon as the loud music starts, usually late at night, around midnight, Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

July 26, 2013, 4:48 am
Teresa from College Pt. says:
For the North Queens Resident, they were there last weekend Fri & Sat nights and the weekends before that, maybe lucky for you the wind wasn't blowing your way, look up service request #C1-1- 873430067, made on 7/20, you can see that the Police responded at 2:28 am & put an end to it. They probably started after the area cleared out, knowing there is a Police presence during games at Citi Field.They were blasting music again this evening, Fri night 7/26 to Sat.7/27 AM, I could hear it loud & clear in College Point, I made a complaint to 311 again, the last three times I complained the police did respond and put an end to the music, one time as late at 6 a.m., Tonight I made the complaint around 1:20 am, I still could hear the music around 4:30 am, I will check the service request later in the day, since it stated on the previous reports that the Police did respond & put an end to it they obviously know that it's been going on since around May when I first heard it, I think they should have a squad car in the area to prevent them from gathering in the first place
July 27, 2013, 4:44 am
Resident from Flushing says:
On Friday July 26 you could hear the music again past midnight, filed 311 complaint, cops issued summons.
July 27, 2013, 8:47 am
Peter from North Flushing says:
I was there Fri 7/26~27 and didn't hear it, but I misunderstood info from someone that it was now at a new location further west near Rego Park, Woodside, Ozone Park, etc., so I was there intermittently so may be why I missed it. But I was there last night, Sat 7/27~28 one of the louder cars got there bout 1:35a I did 311 just before 2a and 2:45 3 cop cars showed up and it was, again like a mass exodus! PS: for anyone who hears similar music with narration by a DJ ~ that actually is from legal seemingly private parties on board boats, usually "The Paddle Boat Queen" docked @ the Worlds Fair Marina. If it stops raining long enough or I hear it Sunday Nite, I will again go and if they show will again submit a 311!
July 28, 2013, 8:38 pm
Bruce from Forest Hills says:
I live in Forest Hills, well south of Willets Point, but my life has also been disrupted by this "music" over the past several weekends, most recently on 7/28 as of this writing. The noise penetrates my 12th floor apartment, which overlooks Meadow Lake, to such an extent, that my floorboards and walls vibrate, and the "music" is so loud that it sounds as if it were coming from a speaker INSIDE of my apartment. My calls to 311 have accomplished nothing . I have also called 911, but was informed that 911 does not handle "noise" complaints. I feel that this is a serious quality of life issue. What can be done about these terrible intrusions upon our lives? Surely we can do something to put these creeps out of business, and restore peace to our neighborhoods. But what, if our 311 complaints are ignored or not given priority?
July 30, 2013, 1:26 pm
Resident from Flushing says:
To Bruce from Forest Hills:

Tips for 311 complaints. Call or file online. But you need to give them an exact location. You can give them an intersection. Look at this map below and pick an intersection you think the loud music is coming from. It doesn't have to be exactly where the illegal parties are, but at least the complaint will be filed and the NYPD will respond, and as they get closer to the location they will find them. It was the same issue at Willets Point - we gave them an intersection only and the cops found them and issued summons. Also: call your local precinct when the madness starts and tell them these are the same lunatics from Willets Point and tell them to get in touch with the 110th precinct which oversees The Point. Precincts should be talking to each other about this nuisance!

Meadow Lake map - zoom in and pick an intersection:

Forest Hills 112th Precinct

Noise complaint online - Click on "Report a noisy neighbor", then click on "Start" (ignore the 911 call, emergency bit), then start filling out the form, very easy, you do not have to provide your personal info, an email will do if you want, but do write down the confirmation # because that way you can follow up with 311 within 8 hours.
http://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311/allServices.htm?requestType=topService&serviceName=Noise from Neighbor

Other links about this matter - follow the comments on these links and let's hope we can all come together from Forest Hills to Flushing to College Point and Whitestone and ask NYPD to have this stopped. We need to get the local precincts more involved. Also, get your local politicians involved. (In Flushing we have Paul Graziano looking very seriously into this matter - he's a candidate for City Council - http://www.paulgraziano.com/)

Illegal street parties at the Point

Mystery music bugs Flushing from far away
July 31, 2013, 11:09 pm
Residents from Flushing says:


Meadow Lake is under the 110th Precinct, it seems.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Zip Code: 11354, 11355, 11367, 11368
Community Board: 404,407,408
Council Member: Peter Koo , Julissa Ferreras , James F. Gennaro
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CONTACT: Veronica M. White, Commissioner
Department of Parks & Recreation
Aug. 1, 2013, 12:12 am
Residents from Flushing says:
Police should tow away their cars . This is a crime and affect lots of people because of selfish bastard.
Aug. 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
TC from North Flushing says:
This is not a 311 issue. Crimes are being committed. NYC streets are blocked off and hundreds of disorderly people participate in an unlawful assembly, use drugs, urinate in the street and consume alcohol. Report it to 911. The location is 127th Street and 35th Avenues.
Sept. 1, 2013, 11:22 am
Rob from Flushing says:
These thugs need to be deported back to Mexico... why are they ruining our country! They need to be shot down like rabid dogs and shipped back across the border...
Sept. 8, 2013, 4:20 am

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