NY authorities break up ‘illegal rave’ in Queens park amid COVID-19 spike


The New York City Sheriff’s Office broke up a clandestine rave that drew over 100 revelers to a Queens park early Sunday amid the coronavirus’ resurgence.

Deputies slammed the brakes on the bash around 1:50 a.m. at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows — just outside one of two red zones established in the borough last week with a new round of pandemic restrictions.

The agency tweeted that the “illegal rave” boasted “110+ people, DJ, tables, chairs, bar, food service, hookah attendants, lighting, torches & security personnel.”

Photos accompanying the tweet showed a sea of folding chairs by string lights and torches, along with a table of hookah paraphernalia.

The Sheriff’s Office noted that four “organizers” have been charged with criminal, parks and public-health violations.

The crackdown came as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to get serious on coronavirus safety, with cases on the rise in Queens and Brooklyn.

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