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The Day the Music Was Turned Down (But Not Really)

Apparently last night’s CB1 Parks Committee was a bit of a doozy (Aaron Short went so I didn’t have to!). In an advisory vote, the committee recommended that the number of concerts be cut by a third and that attendance at each concert be cut by about 25% (from 6,500 to 5,000 people). Since the Open Space Alliance has already booked 15 shows for the summer, and since the concerts are held on State park land (which the local CB1 has no jurisdiction over), this vote won’t change anything. It may be a symbolic gesture, but it’s pretty clear that some people are not too happy with the concerts or with OSA.

2 Comments

  1. Laura Hofmann wrote:

    Fortunately, I don’t live at that end of the neighborhood. I truly feel sorry for what the local residents go through dealing with these concerts.I love concerts, but communities shouldn’t have to deal with them all the time.
    It’s a shame that the OSA board, who knows the issues, allowed a capacity of 6,500 people in the first place. That park is no Central Park. The OSA board should be looking out for the community. I thought that’s why they formed.
    The CB1 vote CAN assist if the people of the community want it to. If people are unhappy with the quality of life issues the concerts are raising, it absolutely helps to have a full CB vote in place that supports the community. If the people choose to take the protest further, they’ll have CB1 support. After all, it was community folks who put pressure on the CB, who put pressure on the electeds, who put pressure on the state, to open the park in the first place.
    I think it’s great that the Community Board took the vote.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 17:00 | Permalink
  2. Bryan wrote:

    Eh, don’t feel sorry for us. IMHO, it’s just a few residents complaining for the sake of having something to complain about (a common occurrence at CB meetings, to be sure). As long as the shows are run well (and for the most part, they have been), I am all for them.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:28 | Permalink

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