“May 1 OPENING DAY is just around the corner. Knives sharpened, smoker smoking, DJ’s aching to spin.”
– From La Marina’s Facebook page, April 21 2015.
Summer is coming.
After three full years of well-documented issues with the operation of the Dyckman Marina concession vs. its approved contract and site plan, very little has happened in the way of change. Most of the concerns with concerts, nightlife uses, capacity, traffic, valet parking, etc. continue to be as valid in 2015 as they were in 2012. And so a new summer is nearly upon us.
If the prior summers are any guide, here are some questions for 2015:
- The city’s noise law will again be violated by DJ’s playing past 10 pm?
- The long-awaited Eco-dock may make an appearance in 2015, or as in past summers, it may not?
- The illegal valet parking operation, long tolerated by the NYPD despite having no legal basis for existing, seems set to again ensnare traffic for area residents and businesses for the sole benefit of the concession?
- At this moment concerts are likely being scheduled, alcohol-based events may be being booked, along with rentals of the parkland for new mature-content video shoots. For a site where “concerts are prohibited” and vending machines can’t have Snapple unless approved by a city agency?
- Smoking, increasingly tolerated, will surely return in the form of herbal hookah and possibly actual tobacco (as seen in 2014)?
- A large part of public waterfront will remain closed every day before evening, and on weekend mornings? With ID checks necessary at night?
- The July 2014 shooting was never addressed by the concession nor by Parks and remains an open case with the NYPD. A lawsuit was just filed claiming inadequate security – for a parks concession! How will gun violence and safety be addressed in 2015?
- Will more songs and videos make reference to La Marina in an explicit and negative light?
- The Dyckman Street corridor will continue to be fueled by the 3,000 La Marina patrons exiting at 1 am, affecting everything from new liquor applications to the most neighborhood noise complaints in New York City to even rising parking prices?
- Most importantly, an overcrowded and massive nightclub will once again operate at what was supposed to have been two restaurants and a snack bar?
The many elected officials and agencies charged with overseeing parkland in New York City have said nothing about any plans to restore Dyckman Marina in 2015. This despite sparing Flushing Meadows from a soccer and event stadium after an uproar in 2012 that it would have altered the nature of the park and the community. Or despite noisy concerts being kicked out of Hudson River Park in 2013 after causing problems for nearby residents. Or despite Fashion Week being booted out of Damrosch Park in 2014 over privatization and parkland alienation issues. Why is Inwood treated differently, and inequitably?
If you are interested in seeing any action to address the issues illustrated on these pages before the thermometer hits 80 degrees, please the public officials in charge and let them know how you feel.
You can also join the CRDM mailing list, which has grown to include many individuals, co-op boards and groups; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
Summer is coming.