“La Marina is supposed to be open only seasonally, but the parks department has amended its license, allowing it to operate year-round.”
– New York Times, 6/18/13, discussing one of the many unilateral changes made by the Parks Dept. to the concession’s operations.
Since opening, Parks has made many changes to the concessions operations without any public review or notice whatsoever. The concession was described for years as a Restaurant, Cafe and Marina over and over again in the media, to community boards, in testimony to review boards, in its own contractual documents – and then upon opening, a completely different operation emerged with no notification to anyone.
Among the changes that Parks either allowed or made unilaterally and without notice to turn a lovely and accessible waterfront restaurant and docks into a massive nightclub and concert venue worthy of Jones Beach:
- Approving price increases that eliminated the proposed modest cafe menu
- Expanding the capacity by one-thousand-percent.
- Changing the season from May 1-October 1 to year-round.
- Extending the hours from 11 pm on Sun-Wed and 12:30 am on Thurs-Sat to 1 am every day of the week.
- Approving 30+ concerts per summer despite concerts being prohibited.
- Allowing events to happen even when some lacked a permit.
- Ignoring the license agreement to allow amplified music without special permission.
- Allowing on-site parking when the approved site plan had none.
- Looking the other way at bottle service fees.
- Failing to enforce a 10 pm music cutoff.
- Permitting hazardous hookah smoking on a technicality.
- Seizing a city street for valet parking.
- Permitting the use of a Parks concession to promote sex, alcohol and graphic music videos
- Signing off on a liquor license that violated the license agreement.
Was it legal for Parks to permit the above? Was it appropriate? Was it equitable?
Is there nothing that Parks will enforce? No action they will not allow?
Restoring the original approved uses is the only reasonable course at this point, but that is the one thing that Parks seems to have a problem with. This should not be the case.
DJ’s playing at 11:38 pm on Sunday, August 10, 2014, long after amplified music should have been stopped or the concession should have even been open, during a ticketed concert, with over 2000 people in attendance, served by standing bars.