Noise Complaints Aired At 114th Pct. Community Council
One week into summer, noise complaints were a hot topic at the June meeting of the 114th Police Precinct Community Council.
A group of Astoria residents living between 36th and 37th Streets on 30th Avenue said area bars and clubs, one in particular, are making it hard for them to sleep. “It’s a full-blown assault,” one resident said, referring to a “drum machine” turning out 120 beats per minute late at night from the Era Lounge at 36-11 30th Ave.
A petition signed by 84 residents that noted persistent loud noise from Era has caused a deterioration in the quality of life on both sides of 30th Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets was presented to 114th Precinct Executive Officer Captain Frank Tarantola at the June 26 council meeting held at Riccardo’s. “We’re all frustrated,” a resident said.
Tarantola advised residents to call the 114th Precinct directly and assured them of a response. “We’re going to take a good look at it,” he said. A recent multiagency task force response in the area came on a day when Era was closed, Lieutenant Nick Morales reported. “We are aware of [Era],” he said.
A second group of residents from 19th Street along Astoria Park also complained about “unbearable” loud continuous noise on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays into the wee hours.
“Cars blasting music, dancing in the street, smoking, drinking, etc.” a resident said. Calls to 311 are useless, he said, because the revelers have “look-outs” who warn them when the police respond. “They shut it down and go right back [when police leave], a resident said. “[NYPD] should actually think about closing Shore Boulevard.”
“[The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)] has refused to close Shore Boulevard,” Tarantola said. 14th Precinct Community Affairs Officer Ed Negron said the 114th Precinct has sent a letter to DOT proposing the creation of a “No Standing” zone along Shore Boulevard from 12 to 6 a.m. The residents said they would support that proposal as well.
A third group of residents living at Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street complained of homeless people living in an empty lot next to their building. Tarantola said homelessness, by itself, is not a crime but loitering is. “If they are inside your building or on private property, they will be arrested,” he said.
Police Officers James Reuter, Michael Rosello and Oleg Matat were recognized as Cops of the Month.