There was standing room only at the 106th Precinct Community Council’s meeting in Ozone Park last week, when angry residents packed the precinct’s meeting room to voice their complaints about continuously blaring music and disorderly neighbors disturbing their quality of life.
The corner of 124th Street and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill has become a hangout for individuals drinking, urinating in the street and sleeping on the sidewalk, according to a neighborhood resident who asked the police for help in correcting this situation.
Lt. Christopher Charles, head of the precinct’s Special Operations Unit, said that police have arrested five individuals at the location for quality of life violations. Charles added that they will endeavor to remove the loiterers from the corner.
Another resident, who did not give her name, complained that over the past month she and her neighbors have had to endure four noisy parties on 125th Street between Sutter Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. The most recent fete lasted four days, from Thursday to Monday, adding over the four-day period she made several calls to 311 but received no response from police.
The resident added that the situation could have turned serious because one of the noisemakers threatened to kill her son-in-law when he asked them to lower the volume.
“Before things get violent, something should be done,” she said.
Capt. Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, said he was not aware of the problem on the block but that police will look into it.
In an effort to curb the noise problem, Pascale said he has assigned more officers to patrol during the midnight shift and respond to residents’ complaints.
He added that if none are available to man the operation, he has authorized overtime to other officers and directed them to respond to noise complaints after their regular shifts have ended.
The captain said there has been a 107 percent increase in the number of summonses issued this year compared to the same time in 2010.
According to a resident living in the vicinity of 107th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park, the bar located next to her house has become “a nightmare” in recent months.
“The loud music blaring from the bar can be heard in my living room with the doors closed,” she said.
Management from the the Getaway Sports Bar said the business has worked hard to be a good neighbor, including installing a double door to limit the amount of noise that escapes from the building and always keeping the doors shut.
The individual from the bar said the business has security guards who always guide people to mass transportation on Rockaway Boulevard after they leave the bar to deter them from bothering neighbors.
Still, the resident said she is frustrated with the establishment.
“We’re absolutely fed up,” she said.
Margaret Finnerty, president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, expressed her frustration about being unable to notify the precinct about a wedding party scheduled to be held at a house on 115th Street between 133rd Avenue and 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park. She said that when she called the precinct on the day before the party was to start, and the desk officer told her that there was nothing she could do since the party was not in progress.
Finnerty said she became quite upset when she was referred to Community Affairs Officer Ken Zorn, who was on vacation at the time. Finnerty said the music carried on from Saturday through Monday but she could not say if any officers went to the location.
Frank Dardani, the community council’s president said to Finnerty that he has told her in the past that if she is frustrated and cannot locate anybody that she should call him.
Finnerty did say that the police arrived at the location on Monday night.
Pascale said that when he was notified via e-mail on Friday afternoon by Community Board 10 District Manager Karyn Petersen of the impending party, he sent an officer to the location.
He said the officer spoke to the owner of the house and noted that there were no issues at that time.
Pascale said that officers on duty during Saturday and Sunday nights were advised to be alert for a wedding at the house.
He said it came to their attention on Monday that there was a problem, at which point a summons was issued.
A resident of 121st Street complained about loud music she said has been coming from her neighbor’s home in South Ozone Park for the past two years. She asked police to help her to regain her peace and quiet.
Dardani urged the residents to notify the precinct’s Community Affairs Unit at (718) 845-2228 or 311 if they see scheduled parties in the precinct area listed on social media networks.
CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton commended the police for what she said is the outstanding job they have done on noise enforcement, noting that noise is not the number one quality of life issue for the first time since the board began tracking noise complaints in 2004.
An unleashed pit bull being walked by his owner on Rockaway Boulevard between 106th Street and 107th Street in Ozone Park is endangering residents, children and pets on the block according to residents.
One woman said that she offered to buy the owner a leash. Another resident who called 911 was told by the operator that she would have to be there when officers responded to the location.
When she told the operator that she was leaving because she was afraid of being bitten, the operator said, “have a nice day,” and hung up.
Pascale said that police officers would have to personally observe an alleged violation of the city’s leash law before issuing a summons to the owner.
However, the captain added that police are now aware of the problem and will pay special attention to the block.