BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Editor in Chief
The NYPD shut down plans for a massive outdoor party that was allegedly planned at Charles Park in Howard Beach, the 106th Precinct announced Saturday.
According to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, an outdoor dance party called “Sex On The Beach 5” was planned for Friday night “on a real beach.”
In a Facebook post Saturday, Schiff said police officers were monitoring plans for the party on social media, which advised people to take the A train to the 88th Street station in Ozone Park, then call a cell phone number to be picked up by van and taken to “a secret location” where the party was to take place.
Schiff confirmed that the location was Charles Park, which has a small beachfront facing Jamaica Bay. He explained how the NYPD, along with National Park Police, which oversees Gateway National Recreation Area, a national park that includes Charles Park, worked together to bust the Friday night event.
“The 106th Precinct came up with a plan that involved our Harbor Unit who would search our shore line and the Federal Park Police who would patrol the park and the weeds to discover the location and stop it before the party took root,” Schiff said in the Facebook post. “As it turned out, the 106th Precinct followed that van and discovered the secret location within Charles Park at around 11 p.m.. We contacted the Federal Park Police who then issued a federal summons to the DJ for assembly with no permit.”
Though the party’s location was to be in a remote section of Charles Park, it is only several hundred yards from homes on 165th Avenue.
Schiff added that event organizers expected 4,000 people to attend the party.
According to a posting advertising the vent on heyevent.com, nearly 77,000 people were invited and 4,042 responded that they would attend.
Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton, a resident of Howard Beach who lives near the park, praised the NYPD’s work in shutting down the party.
“Good job by the 106 Pct. & other NYPD units last night,” she wrote on Facebook Saturday. “They were the ‘party poopers’ who shut down an event with no permits that was advertised on social media to take place on Gateway land.”