Photograph by Bao Nguyen. Low-brow caption, all us.
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 email@example.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."