The cafés have brought new food and nightlife to an area residents say was once best known for cheap clothes and dollar stores. The new venues have enjoyed remarkable success, attracting outsized crowds of mostly young Hispanic people from across the city and nearby Westchester and New Jersey to dine and party into the wee hours.
Therein lies the rub.
Majorie Clarke, who has lived in the area for 31 years, says crowds in search of the funk have also attracted the noise of drunken revelers, motorcycle races and “boom cars,” the four-wheeled, and much louder, motorized equivalent of the 1980s-era boom boxes – basically a massive speaker system on wheels.
“Boom cars should be outlawed,” Clarke said. “Their only purpose is to disturb the peace. People outside the car can hear better than people inside.”
Check out our Op-Led on this issue: http://uptowncollective.com/2010/06/11/op-led-the-crusade-against-mamajuana/