Washington Heights residents ask cops to crack down on ATVs

A group of outraged residents is challenging cops to short circuit illegal ATVs and bikes they charge are wrecking the quality of life in Washington Heights.

“Our corner of the neighborhood has intense and long-running problems with public safety and livability affecting our health and well-being,” Eileen King told The Post. “The way that streets are laid out make us a destination for drag racing, motorcycle gangs, and dangerous driving of all kinds.”

King charged “there is little to no enforcement of any traffic/reckless driving laws, and the scale of the problem transcends periodic drive-bys by police cars.”

She said the outlaw drivers “are emboldened by the lack of enforcement and the situation is now cemented into place.”

King noted that “every night and for hours and hours from Friday afternoon through Monday 4 a.m., a portion of our neighborhood is taken over by reckless drivers from other parts of the city.”  

King said the section at 193rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue” is the beginning of the drag racing” and the motorcycles and cars come up Fort George Hill and turn left — which is illegal — onto Fort George Avenue and then onto Amsterdam, which is four lanes wide and bordering a “densely residential area that is traumatized by these cars and motorcycles.”

Washington Heights residents are asking police to crack down on illegal ATV riders, drag racing and other unruly behavior in their neighborhood.
People riding ATVs and motorbikes down a street in Washington Heights.
People riding ATVs and motorbikes down a street in Washington Heights.
Resident Eileen King told The Post that "there is little to no enforcement of any traffic/reckless driving laws."
Resident Eileen King told The Post that “there is little to no enforcement of any traffic/reckless driving laws.”

One disgusted resident, who wished to remain unidentified, echoed that Saint Nicholas Avenue, Fort George Avenue, Fort George Hill and Audubon Avenue, “become a giant race track with dozens of cars, motorcycles and Quads racing through doing loops on all of these streets, running red lights, on the sidewalks, with super loud mufflers that sound like gunshots, doing donuts.”

She added: “They then stop on Amsterdam Avenue/ Fort George Avenue and party, heavy drinking, drugs, gigantic speakers on top of cars.”

A car doing donuts in the middle of a Washington Heights intersection.
A car doing donuts in the middle of a Washington Heights intersection.
One resident said the neighborhood is turning into a "giant race track."
One resident said the neighborhood is turning into a “giant race track.”
NYPD have claimed they will put up barriers on Amsterdam and Fort George avenues.
NYPD have claimed they will put up barriers on Amsterdam and Fort George avenues.

The resident charged local cops from the 34th Precinct will post pictures on social media trumpeting “we took this one speaker” or “we grabbed two bikes from Inwood Hill Park” but “ignore 25 speakers the size of a small refrigerators on top of cars on Amsterdam and ignore the 30 dirtbikes tearing through Highbridge Park, on the Micheal Buzek astroturf ballfield.”

King said NYPD officials from the 34th Precinct station reported this week that they will put up barriers on the problematic stretch of Amsterdam and Fort George avenues and “we hope it will work.”