Deer Park Avenue

FAST CARS, YOUNG RIDERS: CRACKDOWN ON DRAG RACING

by Eric Schmitt, NYT by Marcelle Fischler, NYT

Route 231

For those who remember...

For at least 30 years, Deer Park Avenue served as one of the nation's hottest cruising strips. The New York Times twice called the three-mile stretch from North Babylon to Deer Park, New York a "Mecca for young people" where crowds of teens and young adults, usually those below legal drinking age, from Long Island and Queens, would line parking lots, hoods up, music blaring, chatting and showing off their rides.