In August, I was on Beach 129 Street when I noticed a large group of female bikes strewn all over the sidewalk on both sides of the street. The bikes were locked and chained to avoid theft.
I then noticed about 30 young ladies in their late teen years all dressed in pink T-shirts emerge from Jamison’s Pub.
I inquired about what was going on and was informed that the group was “Bar Hopping” for a cause to raise money for an 11-year-old boy who is ill or had a handicap.
The girls told me that they were next heading for The Wharf on the pier at Beach 116 Street. After The Wharf, they were going on to the Irish Circle to drink some more.
On the way off the street, one of the young ladies was so wobbling on her bike that she crashed into a parked automobile. She did not stop for a second to check the damage, but continued on to the next bar.
Some of the young ladies were actually drinking from open bottles of beer as they rode away.
Being a longtime resident, I recognized most of the ladies to be the daughters of homeowners in Belle Harbor.
I urge their parents, who don’t know that their underage daughters were drinking large quantities of beer as part of this fundraising group, to speak with their children.
I urge the parents to tell their daughters not to repeat this behavior in the future. Remember what happens each St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It is time to act.
A CONCERNED NEIGHBOR
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