Call them the party police.
Cops and parks patrol officers have flooded an eight-block stretch in Riverside Park, going after the loud and messy barbecuers who have been invading the once-bucolic Hamilton Heights’ patch of green, according to the NY Daily News.
The authorities launched the ongoing crackdown last weekend — silencing the thumping music and boozy revelry that’s been plaguing the treelined strip from W. 145th St. to W. 153rd St.
Outrage from nearby residents — who have spent the summer griping about the perpetual noise — forced the Parks Department into action, said Parks spokesman Phil Abramson.
But Hamilton Heights residents still aren’t satisfied; some say that officials need to do more. Now, they want parking in the park prohibited.
“They come in their cars. Play their music, drink their beer and go home,” said Arnold Boatner, chairman of the Community Board 9 Parks Committee.
“The parking lot is the epicenter of this problem.”
Two lots — one on W. 148th St., and another on W. 150th St. — accommodate 84 cars just yards from prime seating along the edge of the Hudson River. No other green space in Manhattan has such bountiful free waterfront parking.
New York Daily News - August 20, 2013 - By Simone Weichselbaum