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Bloomy to the rescue of Marty’s concert series

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So much for the 500-foot rule.

Days after opponents of Borough President Markowitz’s $64-million concert amphitheater proposal sued to prevent the Beep from running his popular summer concert series, the City Council past a bill that would make amplified music legal — no matter how close it is to a house of worship.

“This is such a low thing to do,” said Al Turk, a vice president of Temple Beth Abraham, one of the two synagogues that is fighting the amplified concerts, which have filled the air around Asser Levy Park in Coney Island with amplified sound since 1991.

The bill, which has Mayor Bloomberg’s support, would allow Markowitz’s summer concerts to go on, though sound readings will be taken at the synogogues. The law forbids such concerts if interior sound levels go up by more than 10 decibels during the shows.

And the bill expires in three months, presumably when a permanent law will be drafted to cover amplified music.

The temples’ lawsuit seeks a restraining order preventing Markowitz from kicking off the concerts on July 15 with Neil Sedaka. It was spurred by Markowitz’s larger plan for a $64-million amphitheater in Asser Levy Park. Opponents said they only discovered the existance of the 500-foot rule when they started putting together their lawsuit.

As such, Norman Siegel, who is representing the plaintiffs in the possibly moot lawsuit, criticized lawmakers for this week’s end-around.

“It’s a sad commentary when legislators, rather than comply with the law, decide to change the law,” said Siegel.

After the bill passed on Tuesday, Markowitz issued a statement hailing the legislation.

“The show will go on!” he said. “This vote is a vote for valued cultural programming in our city’s parks and a show of commitment to ensuring our city’s laws reflect the needs of our vibrant, diverse 21st-century city.”

He lashed out at his opponents as using the 500-foot rule “to hold these shows hostage to an agenda to stop future park renovations. … The [amphitheater] will include a renovated covered band shell as well as improved drainage, walkways, a new state-of-the-art comfort station and fabulous new accessible playground [and] will only make the park better and more usable for the surrounding community.”

A spokesman for the mayor argued that the new sound bill addresses shortcomings in the exiting 500-foot rule.

“Every venue is different, so basing the rule on a one-size-fits-all distance may not be the most effective way to do it,” spokesman Andrew Brent said.

Opponents had a different take on it.

“This is Marty Markowitz smashing the public under the heel of his jackboot,” said Ida Sanoff, a plaintiff in the suit.

Updated 12:04 am, June 30, 2010: Updated to include final passage of the bill.
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jerry from brighotn beach says:
When I go shule tonight , I will pray that the tentacles of the FBI probe of Senator Carl Kruger has far reaching effects.

I'll pray that Carl Kruger friends & colleagues such as Recchia, Nelson, Krasny, & Markowitz get caught in the net of corruption.

Unfortunately this is the only way to get rid of these BUMS.
Mr. Kruger is claiming to be a victim in this probe. LOL.

Mr. Kruger is giving Marty $ 2 million to this boondoggle of a project. They should investigate where that money is coming from.

In additon , Marty solicits donations from the people who attend the concerts. Thousands of dollars a year over 20 years. Who is accounting for these monies? Investigate that S@#t too !
June 25, 2010, 1:01 pm
sal from coney island says:
I just got word about the hearing at the NYC Council. What a crock of S#$t.

Councilman Domenic Recchia (and I use that term loosely) was verbally abusive & berated witness testimony . He showed his true temperment & class. All very low & common.

I guess " birds of a feather fly together " . Recchia, Markowitz Kruger et al, all the same BUMS.
June 25, 2010, 1:38 pm
yehuda from brighton beach says:
Bloomberg the "King" , Marty Markowitz " the King's Court Jester",the "Monkeys" on the City Council, Vallone, Recchia, Fidler, Greenfield , think the game is over...

Not true... as Yogi Berra has said..It Ain't over till its Over...

It ain't over yet.

Also as the Tom Petty song goes " We Don't Back Down.."
June 28, 2010, 9:58 am
carter from fort greene says:
What real negative effect will a couple hours of amplified music over the course of seven Thursdays in a park have on these houses of worship?

Literally thousands of people will enjoy free concerts by artists who'd they'd not be able to see otherwise.

Even if it is slightly annoying to the folks at the synagogues, they should remember that a lot of people will receive joy from the shows that go on at Asser Levy, whether they're a political play by Markowitz or not.
June 28, 2010, 1 pm
ch from bh says:
can we replace the clock on the Watchtower with a countdown to when Markowitz' term expires?
June 29, 2010, 12:10 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
The end run around the existing law just shows you that Marty was guilty of not getting Sound permits for over 20 years, otherwise why would he have his Thugs in the City Council Fast track a new law to skirt the existing law & the real issues of people praying in peace & quiet.

That's why the 500 foot rule was passed in the first place.
June 30, 2010, 10:47 am
steve from coney island says:
Why do we give houses of worship so much power?What about seperation of state and church.How about collecting real estate taxes from these and other "houses of worship".The free ride should be over.
June 30, 2010, 8:31 pm
Tom from Midwood says:
I have to listen to a screaming air raid siren every Friday evening. I don't mind (though I think the air raid siren itself is inappropriate). I'm used to it. These concerts are pleasant diversions that bring all types of people together and enhance the image of our borough.
July 13, 2010, 7:16 pm
Wil from DC/NYC transplant says:
To not use the word 'city' loosely, America has many great cities, and NYC being the most popular. With that said, a simple few hours of pleasantry to the ears will never hurt anyone. Whatever happened to music calming the savage beast! If U want total peace & quiteness, move to the countryside. Let the community have some fun experiencing artists that they may never be able to see/hear elsewhere. Synagogues and Mosques are hardly interrupted as they worship 7 days a week, so whats the problem with a few hours of musical joy for All people on a nice summer eve... The city is for comfort of the Majority. Deal with a slight discomfort, or just move away... And I say 'no to building establishing a mosque to the sacred World Trade Center area; It's Non-deservant...
July 16, 2010, 9:13 am
Auria Rodriguez from Midwood says:
As a new Brooklyn nite, I want to say my family and
I would travel from Manhattan for these concerts.
Iam now living in Brooklyn for 12 years and look forward to these wonderful concerts Marty and Dominic
given to us. We have people from out of state comming to Brooklyn........this said something for us.
Quite bickering and lets get on with the show.
Aug. 29, 2010, 1:30 pm
Ivy Reisner from Midwood says:
You're upset about 10 decibels? And yet you blast my living room with an 80 decibel air raid siren? That level of selfishness is normally beyond human capability. Congratulations.
Dec. 1, 2010, 12:54 pm

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