From The New York Shitty Inbox: Withdrawn…

March 30, 2011 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

…or at least postponed. The following was forwarded to me by an anonymous tipster who opines:

Interesting. I’d prefer if you kept my name off this if you post… I think he made the right decision based on the reaction from community. I wonder at what moment he had the realization that his dream was crushed… Or, at least, delayed 12 months.

Dear prospective vendors:

As you may have heard, there has been a storm of opposition to the Bazaar by locals in Greenpoint. Vocal and influential residents complained that the Bazaar would bring increased traffic, compromise public parking, intensify noise and garbage over a sustained period. Many felt that the Bazaar was an attack on their relatively quiet neighborhood.  In response to these complaints, we made several concessions but the public image of the event got badly damaged and our ability to attain the required permits has been significantly compromised. Out of respect for the Greenpoint community, we will hold off on opening the Bazaar in 2011 and will be regrouping for 2012, making sure that the community is fully supportive.

For those that contributed by kickstarter, you should have received an e-mail with instructions on getting your pledge back.

For those that contributed on PayPal, I will be contacting you shortly.

We look forward to re-connecting next year. Thanks to all of you that have provided so much support over the past 5 months.Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. Thanks.

Aaron

So there have you, folks.

Miss Heather

Comments

11 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: Withdrawn…

  1. rutila on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 11:31 am
  2. So glad red tape has halted this project and the intake center. Everything’s coming up Greenpoint!

  3. carlosdanger on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 12:00 pm
  4. I think it’s for the better, really.

    I’d be psyched to have something in that spot on weekends, but these guys were really squirrely and non-specific about their plans. Maybe it was all totally 100% legit, but I personally got spooked by the time subletting to other promoters was mentioned, that really kind of made it look like it could *maybe* be a cynical grab at permits/liquor licenses for running an outdoor nightclub on the cheap. The weirdness about who was financing this really didn’t help either, 7g’s off of kickstarter looked like a lame astroturf effort, and certainly won’t go anywhere towards getting something of the proposed scale off the ground. I’m certainly not nearly convinced that’s the truth, but they really weren’t very well prepared to show otherwise at all. If they’re for real they’ll come back better prepared and a good time can be had by all (and I hope that happens).

  5. eagle_teater on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 12:01 pm
  6. I love how it’s not any shortcoming on their part or lack of good faith in understanding the impact to Greenpoint that is cited but that a handful of loud and ‘influential’ voices damaged the event’s public perception. Jesus.

  7. d on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 12:24 pm
  8. Haha that image is so appropriate for what went on Saturday.

  9. missheather on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 3:20 pm
  10. @rutila: What do you mean about the intake center? There’s a hearing regarding the latest rfp next week.

  11. rutila on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 3:51 pm
  12. I meant the original “homeless shelter” plans, not the new “halfway house” ones.

  13. missheather on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 3:56 pm
  14. The new RFP is for a 200 bed homeless intake center as well. Same shit, different organization:

    http://www.newyorkshitty.com/greenpoint-goodness/?p=55986

    We already have a 3/4 house.

  15. KAA on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 4:58 pm
  16. ‘ Out f respect for the Greenpoint community … ‘ … My ass

    Interestingly there was not a single ‘vocal or influential’ resident, business owner, commenter or speaker that was in support of the Bazaar at the Alliance meeting. Perhaps the supporters felt intimidated.

    I briefly spoke with Councilman Levin after the event and neither of us could figure out how Broudo expected to obtain a Liquor license, Cabaret license and Public Assembly Permit within the 2 months of the intended start date.

  17. lauren on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 5:01 pm
  18. I’m with carlosdanger – hopefully an attempt can be made to create an event that’s more Greenpoint born and bred (and a little more neighborhood friendly) in the same space. For now, though, I’m not going to shed any tears about this proposal going down in flames.

  19. missheather on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 5:01 pm
  20. EXACTLY! Yet this article in the Post makes it sound like he was well on his way to making this happen. I guess they sell more papers that way:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/update_night_market_scrubbed_over_kSba33Om12yfW8gchKplOK#ixzz1I6S8rkrh

  21. jh on Wed, 30th Mar 2011 6:56 pm
  22. Return to Light was incredible, and last weekend’s Lost Horizon truck event was really well-executed. Part of what makes such events special is that they don’t happen all of the time (and both were expertly organized for minimal invasion).

    I really don’t understand an outsider’s motivation to impose a permanent (even if seasonal) installment that might draw thousands of people when the neighborhood infrastructure cannot support it. I feel like I’ve lived here long enough to have enjoyed a significant amount of local entertainment, but also know that maintaining the integrity of the current neighborhood is an essential consideration when introducing new venues and activities. I know of several seasoned promoters who could successfully produce an ongoing summer event, but this guy’s arrogance is directly proportional to his unpreparedness. Perhaps he could plan a night bazaar in his own Prospect Heights neighborhood, right next to his home.

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