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Bloomy to Marty: Keep those concerts down!

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On the eve of the first summer concert in Asser Levy Park, Mayor Bloomberg warned Borough President Markowitz that if the music gets too loud, Thursday night’s concert would be the last.

On Monday, the mayor was expected to sign into law a bill that would legalize the amplified music coming from Markowitz’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series.” But before Hizzoner sat down with his pen, he was persuaded to review the law by dozens of protesters who had gathered at City Hall.

“We’re not going to stop the concert, but they will not have another one” if it’s too noisy, Bloomberg said, though he did go ahead and sign the bill on Tuesday, two days before Markowitz’s season opener with Neil Sedaka on July 15.

The law, hastily drafted at the behest of Bloomberg and Markowitz to overturn a decades-old ban on amplified sound within 500 feet of an active religious institution, would allow the concerts as long as decibel readings in the vicinity do not increase by more than 10 dbs.

The mayor said he did not side with the opponents’ larger beef against Markowitz’s plan for a $64-million amphitheater in Asser Levy Park, but merely wanted to take a day with the bill to ensure that it’s actually enforceable.

In the end, he said it was:

“After having listened to the testimony [on Monday], I met again with our legislative and legal staff this morning at Gracie Mansion — and after carefully weighing all concerns, I signed [the bill],” the mayor said.

He added the bill would “help the city determine whether standards for the issuance of sound permits currently in the law can be made more exact and effective” because the 500-foot standard “was adopted before reliable sound measurement technology was established.”

“We believe focusing on actual sound levels rather then exclusively on distance will better protect the quality of life of all New Yorkers,” he added.

Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who represents the two Sea Breeze Avenue synagogues that are suing Markowitz for violating the 500-foot rule, disagreed, saying that the law is merely “legitimizing an illegality.”

“It’s a classic case of different standards for different people,” he added.

Indeed, days before Markowitz’s season opener, a 10-band autism benefit concert was not allowed to take place in the band shell because the city, citing the very 500-foot rule that Markowitz has been allowed to flout, said it would be too noisy.

Updated 2:01 pm, July 13, 2010: Includes a comment by Mayor Bloomberg.
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larry johnson from park slope says:
mayor bloomberg just get off markowitz back mr. markowitz all these years has been doing just a great job i disagree with the 500-foot rule marty has united brooklyn people all of these years something mr. mayor you are trying hard to stop please get off marty's back now
July 13, 2010, 3:46 pm
jerry from brighton beach says:
mayor bloomberg keep on marty's back. mr. markowitz all these years has been in violation of the law. when he stood & took his oath of office he pledged to uphold the constitution & the laws of NYS, The City of NY & the US. He violated this pledge & by the way should be impeached. Mr. Markowitz thinks he's the Mayor but he is actually only just a figurehead. Mr. Mayor keep on Marty's back. Show him who's boss.
July 13, 2010, 4:04 pm
Anonymous from Brighton Beach says:
Oh please, Larry. How come all of the people who think that these concerts are sooooo terrific aren't clamoring to move them to THEIR neighborhoods? This isn't huge Prospect Park like you have in Park Slope. It's just a little neighborhood place. You can put up with all of the terrific traffic. You can put up with all of the terrific noise. You can put up with all of the people singing off key at the top of their lungs after midnight when you have to get up the next day & go to work. You can put up with all of the garbage and the rats that feast on it. You can put up with having your block closed off all day so Markowitz and all of his buddies can park their SUV's. C'mon Larry, we are just dying to share all of the REALLY good stuff with everyone who just loves these fabulous concerts.
July 13, 2010, 8:48 pm
freddy from slope says:
I call BS on Anonymous from BB...

There is no way that park is a "little" neighborhood place. Elevated subway runs nearby, across street from the Aquarium, next to the beach.

Use whatever logic you want.... except the poor folks don't want to live in a city and their psyche is messed up if large numbers of people come to an urban beach area and enjoy the summer.

That being said...the opposition is screwed for now.

the following :

"... allow the concerts as long as decibel readings in the vicinity do not increase by more than 10 dbs."

is code for .. 10dbs more than the regular car/truck traffic, however intermittant. That will be impossible to enforce.
July 14, 2010, 2:10 pm
James from Forest Hills says:
I would like to see these concerts held Queens...how about Arthur Ashe Stadium, which goes unused for 50 weeks a year?
Aug. 11, 2010, 3:06 pm

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