It’s summer, and that means outdoor parties — and live music tops the list of residents’ concerns in southern Queens.
At the July 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, addressed a number of concerns over loud music and raucous parties.
One such concern stemmed from a problematic bar in the vicinity of 129th Street and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill.
Moody Bandelly, who lives next door to the bar, said that since it opened on the block five months ago loud music emanating from the establishment until the early morning hours has been a problem.
“Ever since they opened up we are deprived of sleep because of the music and the sounds that they make until 3, 4, 5 o’clock in the morning,” he said.
He said he and his neighbors have spoken to the bar owner about the problem, but the condition has not been corrected.
Pascale told Bandelly that he would arrange a meeting between all parties and the police.
“We’ll take it up a notch with the police involved,” he said.
A South Richmond Hill resident living in the vicinity of 107th Street and 107th Avenue complained about his neighbor’s loud backyard music going on into the early morning hours.
“They have no consideration,” he said, adding, “The neighborhood is already fed up with him.”
He added that his neighbors were reluctant to sign a petition against the noisemaker.
The resident said the music is so loud that it can be heard on the next street.
Pascale asked that he see him at the end of the meeting to personally discuss the problem.
Frank Dardani, president of the Precinct Community Council, said several Tudor Village residents called him to complain about constant loud music every Sunday coming from the local ball fields. He passed on their complaints to Pascale who assigned a precinct officer to the ball fields.
The commanding officer also discussed the July 4 illegal fireworks in the community. He noted that additional police officers on were on duty in the neighborhood and said that at the end of the night police made 51 seizures of fireworks and seven fireworks-related arrests and issued 27 summonses for illegal fireworks in the command area.
Pascale noted that with the summer comes an increase in noise complaints and house parties. He told the audience that additional officers will be assigned on weekends to address the issue and that the precinct has received several officers from the recent NYPD class.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) attended the meeting and told the audience that he supports the police and opposes the Community Safety Act, the bills passed by the City Council last month that seek to rein in stop and frisk and create an inspector general for the NYPD.
“What the City Council has done is to tie the hands of the Police Department,” he said.
Goldfeder added that politicians should not dictate to police officers the best way to do their job.
“The police officers on our streets are doing a great job,” Goldfeder said.
The next meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the 106th Precinct.