The main criticism is that the article doesn't provide any actual data to back up the claim, instead relying on anecdotal evidence.
The same can probably be said for this other New York Times article on gay men congregating in suburban parking lots for a quick hook-up. But at least in this case, the NYT was kind enough to list specific places where such activity occurs
Long Island spots include Two Mile Hollow Beach in East Hampton, the Field 6 parking lot at Jones Beach, a rest stop near Exit 52 on the Long Island Expressway and the park-and-ride lot on Route 110 in Melville. Each has its own culture and often its own set of protocols, ranging from parking position to the flashing of headlights or blinkers as mating calls.So if you are ever in one of these neighborhoods, now you know where to go for a quick fix on the way home from work.
Maybe next they will do a follow-up piece on just what exactly the "protocols" are in each of the spots, so that all the newbies who are going to start showing up don't embarrass themselves.
Now if only I can get the Washington Post to do a piece on exactly where in DC I can score some top-quality weed or stolen stereo equipment, I'll be all set.