East Hampton Town police dispatchers were kept busy by a prodigious pace of calls last week; of these, a substantial portion were about noise as people kicked out the jams, celebrating summer and the beginning of Fourth of July week. The party really didn’t get going until last Thursday after about 8 p.m. From there it was thumping bass from Old House Landing Road to Montauk Downs.
Town Lane in East Hampton rocked hardest at a Coachella East-theme private party on Saturday with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The night before the Gipsy Kings performed at a house just a couple of miles away — at a “white party,” for which guests arrived by seaplane via Gardiner’s Bay.
You didn’t have to be a Bitcoin Daddy Warbucks to irritate the neighbors; police heard complaints from Copeces Lane to Cedar Street, from King’s Point to East Lake Drive. East Hampton Village was well behaved with few noise problems reported. So was downtown Montauk. Go figure.
Hosts gamble that police are stretched too thin on summer weekend nights to deal with noise problems. On Friday and Saturday, the decibel levels remained high until the parties ended. But just because you can doesn’t mean that you should. No matter how much fun you are having, your good times should not infringe on anyone else’s. Or, if you must turn it up to Spinal Tap’s iconic 11, the least you should do is invite everyone in earshot.