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Williamsburg Community Board BANS Waterfront Concerts

Photograph by Bao Nguyen. Low-brow caption, all us.

UPDATE: Assemblyman Joe Lentol gives a hopeful statement on the waterfront concert series.

UPDATE 2: OSA Fires Back: We Have 15 Scheduled Waterfront Concerts, CB1′s Full Of It

The media crowd left the Community Board 1 meeting after no action was taken on the liquor moratorium. But as soon as they did and the cameras were turned off, the Community Board voted UNANIMOUSLY to BAN ALL CONCERTS FROM THE WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT. A spectacular rope-a-dope knockout in the 12th round that was barely witnessed.

There are a lot of questions surrounding this “decision”:

  • Can the Community Board vote on something of this magnitude without all parties in attendance to voice their positions?
  • Does this mean just Open Space Alliance Shows or all concerts?
  • Since it’s a State park, does the Community Board 1 hold that type of power?

We went to the Community Board 1 meeting along with the rest of the press due to the inflammatory “let’s put a stop to issuing liquor licenses” agenda. Plenty of people weighed in on a number of quality of life issues such as rezoning a part of Berry Street to allow for street level commercial zoning.

After the crowd cleared out the public was allowed to voice their opinions. What came up was the waterfront concert series held at the Williamsburg Waterfront / East River State Park and the cluster-fuck it causes every Saturday and Sunday.

Specifically the throngs of people ebbing and flowing and the VERY loud music being pumped through the sound stage were the spotlight issues. When push came to shove the board unanimously voted to ban the waterfront concert series at East River State Park (Williamsburg Waterfront).

We are currently trying to get comment from the Open Space Alliance that runs the main concert series, Assemblyman Lentol, District Leader 50 Lincoln Restler and Community Board 1 members.

Anyone with additional information, please contact us at tips@brooklyn365.com

Also at Brooklyn11211.com:

“A number of local residents got up during the public session and complained about the concerts at East River State Park. Basically, their complaint was that all the things that Greenpoint residents were afraid would happen if the Brooklyn Night Bazaar went down were already happening to them. In other words, a regular shitshow 10 or 15 times each summer.”

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  • Anonymous

    Today was CRAAZY

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  • Tracemeista21

    Don’t live in a young, hip neighborhood then! Try living outside a bar, it is just the same. At least your noise stops at 10pm, mine doesn’t till 4am…if I am lucky, and this is on a daily basis. You should not be living in Willyburg if you go to bed before 10pm. Go spend your $4000 for a 1 bedroom rent somewhere else and complain.they are upset because they have to deal with noise and people for a couple hours a month, not even considering how many jobs, and incomes were just lost in this selfish act. I am so pissed off right now, I could just storm the high rises on Kent ave with a bottle of spray paint and tag it to say “fuck off you hipster yupies!!!!”

    • Anonymous

      Ahh, we love your venomous enthusiasm, but we’ve contacted the politicians and organizers of it all and have cleared up the mess, check the front page.

      However, to be fair, it wasn’t the yupsters that were up in arms, it was the longtime residents of Greenpoint that were here prior to the hipsters moving in. Though we’ll agree, that living in NYC, no matter where you are, can never be guaranteed sleepy and silent.

    • Tracemeista21

      The bottom line here is NYC, waterfront location, new businesses, and a thriving community. Nuf said. Instead of getting rid of the problem, they should find a way to better facilitate it. If we as a public got rid of all things that bothered us, then chaos would really ensue. Make it better, dont throw it in the trash.

  • Georgetown

    Hipsters in tears!

  • omesq

    None of the buildings surrounding the park are old enough that their residents moved to Williamsburg for any reason other than the bar and nightlife and restaurant scene. If they have changed their opinions or how they want to live their lives that is their choice and mustn’t be permitted to force it upon others; especially not when its putting. Stop to things that have become a part ofthe neighborhood and it’s livelyhood, and are supported by te city and state. There are plenty of residential neighborhoods near manhattan that don’t have the same hustle and bustle. It’s a shame that community boards exist and have the power they do. NYC has seen the problems that can be caused by driving out businesses. Limit the community boards, not public services and communal gatherings.

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  • Survivethiscirca

    This is gross. You live in a city, get used to noise. Williamsburg is known for this kind of stuff. If you want peace and quiet, Long Island is about 40 miles east

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  • lived here all my life

    this isn’t like noise from a bar, this is like sitting in the middle of madison square garden, there is a flea market and food festival all weekend and 20,000 folks and garbage all weekend long on the same corner.  get real.  you wouldn’t like it either.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

  • Bonbon001@aol.com

    I’ve lived in Williamsburg 15 years– I wish people would stop acting like it’s their god-given right to use my street as a performance space.  And for you half-wits who think we ought to “move somewhere else”, consider that not all of us can afford to do just that, and that the whole reason you want to be in Williamsburg is because folks like myself moved out here when it was a ghetto and made it something special.  Now it’s just a clusterfuck of wanna-bes.  Go break your own ground, if you want to play the “it’s a city” game, let’s see how long you’d last in a rough area.  My elderly neighbors, my blue-collar family neighbors, all of us have a right to be here too, so take your spoiled-brat attitude elsewhere.

    • Anonymous

      According to CompStat (the NYC police statistics system) there was 75% more violent crime 15 years ago. Everything was in shambles. I find it a bit hard to believe that summer weekends of trash outweigh a 75% increase in murder and rape.

      I’m not telling you to “deal with it” but in the same sentence, it’s a hell of a lot better than it was 15 years ago and there is no way you can say otherwise.

      The McCarren Park Pool series was moved to the waterfront and now it’s becoming a functioning pool again. The East River State Park will be getting it’s lights this year and will be 24×7, all from revenue generated from the waterfront concerts. Pretty soon the second phase of the ERSP will be finished as well. Transmitter park is under construction as we speak.

      While I understand your frustration with people coming on here and telling you to essentially screw yourself, on the whole, I can’t imagine you would rather see the neighborhood go back to 1997.

  • Lenor

    I am born raised and living on the island of Manhattan, NYC all over was a
    way better place before gentrification. Drunk groups of hipsters or chicks
    hooking up with dicks is way scarier than any junkie/drug dealers.

    We live on the other side of the river and the concerts are heard into our
    entire apartment, cant listen to our own sounds because its so loud, I do not
    believe anyone has the right to destroy an others serenity, take it to the
    suburbs or wherever you came from !! The city is not a free for all, real people
    still live here so get real, I guess with all that technology and noise you
    shoot into your soul, you do not have a clue what real is.

  • Shannon_W

    …and apparently moving it over DOWN the STREET is working??? The noise is still awful. We as community members need to start a petition.

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