Hundreds of people grab the streets of Queens in New York as they keep partying without masks until 4am with the police seemingly powerless to do anything
- Hundreds of people filled the streets in Queens on Friday night to party
- Attendees seemed to ignore the social distance guidelines
- The video posted early Saturday morning shows revelers dancing and popping music
- The area is not one of the city’s designated ‘open streets,’ designed to give New Yorkers the space to roam and create social distance
- The parties have been going on for weeks until about 4 a.m.
The streets of Astoria in Queens, New York were packed on Friday night with people partying without a single face mask in sight.
Video recorded and posted online shows shows of revelers with drinks in hand and intimately mixed – with the current global pandemic seemingly from the heart.
At one point, music fired with fireworks and flares that made the scene more like Miami Beach than in a New York City neighborhood.
Hundreds of people filled the streets in Astoria, Queens, New York on Friday night to party
It didn’t seem like someone was following the social distance guidelines
Astoria’s main road, Steinway Street, was so densely packed that it was virtually impossible for a NYPD police car to see the lights flash and the siren blaring to go through the crowds.
At one point, the patrol car used his speaker to instruct people to get out of the way, but did little to stop a man from climbing on an ice cream truck.
The crowd responded by cheering and laughing before making their way through the cruiser.
According to a resident, the maskless parties have been going on for about two weeks.
A man decided to jump on an ice cream truck on the left. Crowds filled the sidewalk and walked up the street, right
Although there were a few tables for dining, most people just walked the streets with drinks in their hands
Restaurants in the area have recently reopened for alfresco dining under phase 3 of the coronavirus reopening, but the Governor of New York now restricts locations to serve only alcohol and explicitly requires food to be served alongside it.
Restaurants that do not comply with state rules have a ‘three strikes and you’re closed’ mandate.
Such rules seemed to make little difference to the rules collected on Friday evenings, and many people managed to get their drinks from drivers selling liquor in the back of their cars.
“Anyone going to do something about this?” asked a Twitter user @vodkapond to tag Governor.Cuomo and the Mayor of New York, the Blasio.
The scene looked more like Miami Beach than Astoria, Queens
NYPD officers were also seen without masks on a street corner as people walked by.
The NYPD told it New York Post that they arrived at 12:30 pm and that “officers gave several verbal orders to disperse the crowd. The crowd disappeared without incident. ‘
The ministry said they issued 20 subpoenas for double parking and bus stop violations, but that there were no tickets for violating the social distance guidelines.
“Maybe they feel comfortable because no one tells them to do anything. I don’t know what they think. I’m just trying to run a business, ”said John Zorbas, who runs the Brik restaurant, where dozens of people were knocking on the door.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the scene should not be repeated
The streets of Astoria were completely full until about 4 am. The parties have been going on for weeks
“We have no control over what hundreds of people do. We need help. Where is it from? I do not know.’
William Crowley, a spokesman for the State Liquor Authority, said it was clear that something had to be done.
“We will take whatever measures are necessary to protect New Yorkers during this public health emergency.”
“The main responsibility for enforcing social distance rests with the local government – in this case New York City – and they must ensure that such activities that risk the transmission of COVID-19 should not take place,” said Crowley.
Councilor Costa Constantinides, who is a member of District 22 and represents Astoria, said he was outraged by the incident.
“There are companies I believe should be closed, frankly,” said Constantinides ABC7. “I already spoke to the governor and the mayor’s office today and said that they have already used up their strikes.”
Mayor de Blasio tweeted on Saturday afternoon that the situation had to change.
“This is unacceptable. New Yorkers have made too many sacrifices to fight COVID-19. We can’t give up now. We’re in Astoria and in town tonight to make sure that restaurants do their part to keep their guests and their employees safe. ‘