Capt. John Costello
By Michael V. Cusenza
After being peppered with questions Tuesday evening regarding the recent drag-racing craze in Howard Beach, Capt. John Costello, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, pledged to put a dent in the dangerous trend.
“You have my word,” Costello said during the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic meeting, “this week, action will be done.”
Howard Beach resident John Spagnuolo dubbed the events “drag racing parades” that see incredibly loud, souped-up autos shooting down 151st Avenue at blistering speeds.
“We’re going to do a dragnet and hopefully impound some cars,” Costello said before noting that he has been informed that drag racing has been a citywide problem.
“You will see NYPD personnel out there addressing this,” the captain added.
Aside from the rumble and roar of hot-rods, Howard Beach has been exceptionally quiet lately. Costello noted that as of Tuesday evening, the NYPD has not recorded a single violent crime in Sector Adam (Howard Beach and Lindenwood) since Jan. 1.
“So, before we start putting our houses up for sale, let’s get the right information,” civic President Joann Ariola said, imploring area residents to avoid gossip and the dangerous online rumor mills.
Also on Tuesday, the civic promoted the Howard Beach Mask Challenge. Launched in partnership with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), the event calls on all area residents to create their own unique COVID mask and submit them. Civic members will choose the five best masks; those submissions will then be posted on the civic’s Facebook page for the Howard Beach community to vote on their favorites. Send pictures of your mask creations to the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic FB page, or email them to HBLCIVIC2014@gmail.com. Please send in entries by Feb. 8.