Restore Dyckman Marina

2015 Event Tracker – May/June

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 “We’ve directed La Marina to reduce the number of large-scale events”

  David Cerron, Chief Accountant, Parks & Recreation

At the May 2015 Community Board parks committee meeting, a representative from the Parks Dept. made half-hearted gurgling noises that maybe, just maybe the Dyckman Marina concession was causing some issues for the neighborhood with their nonstop massive parties and concerts, and well, gosh, perhaps there should not be quite so many of them.  After all, when the prior concession was shut down at the end of 2006, the New York Times had noted:

The Parks Department said that it planned to solicit proposals for a new concession at the site, and that it would ensure an end to the late-night parties.

Obviously that did not happen. But after three years of constant bad press and community complaints and even a shooting Parks evidently noticed they had to do something.  And so at that May 2015 meeting they stated they were “directing the concession to reduce the number of large-scale events”.

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Typical weeknight DJs in addition to the below weekend events

Note that this is not addressing the typical DJ’s or salsa bands in the lounge on weeknights who generally are not run by outside promoters and do not require cover charges or tickets.  Those are also not allowed unless given express permission by Parks (when they use amplified music), but at least are more consistent with a normal restaurant and bar in the summertime.  And Parks has granted approval for such.  But clearly the large events in the beach and lounge that were heavily promoted, drew large crowds and created a great deal of noise were a different matter that required attention.

Parks did not give further details at the meeting as to how exactly they would limit La Marina – what size, dates, times, formats, etc would be acceptable?  How many such events?   As of July 2015 Parks would still not answer these questions – they told the Community Board that they needed to “consult legal”.   But from conversations with other community representatives it appears that Parks has limited La Marina to 15 “large special events”, which they unilaterally (and comically) defined as events with more than 1,000 people.

everydaypeopleparty

Nothing to see here, move along. (7/11/15)

Here’s the catch though; since La Marina rarely files for permits for more than 1000 people (their permits typically are filed for 1000 or less attendees), and does not provide counts of actual attendance after the fact, this is a meaningless restriction. These four pages list all of the events held in 2015.  Parks has informed neighborhood residents that only five of these have exceeded 1,000 people, so therefore there is no problem.  Clearly this is fiction piled upon absurdity.

Isn’t it great for public officials to be able to tell the public one thing, and then do the exact opposite?  Or to live in a world where 999 is a small number but 1,001 is not?   Or where quality of life issues are treated like rollover minutes and if one big event gets cool weather or rain, you get to hold another?

Again, none of these large promoted events with outdoor amplified music and non-restaurant attendance should be happening.  Not one.  It is against the contract and it is inequitable to Inwood.  The meaningless limitations “imposed” by Parks are no way to solve the problems these events cause.  Restore Dyckman Marina to its intended uses as a restaurant and marina and remove the nightclub/concert venue operations and the problems will cease.


May 23, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson

Hours – 1 pm – 7 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – no, but uses a guest list if they fill
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
Saturday afternoon DJ series for summer 2015. Did Parks approve?

May 24, 2015 – Alex Sensation

Hours – 5pm – 1 am
Attendance – appears close to 1,500 capacity based on photos
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Fully Equipped Ent, ShowtimeNY, others


May 30, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson

Hours – 1 pm – 7 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – no, but uses a guest list if they fill
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
Saturday afternoon DJ series for summer 2015. Did Parks approve?

May 31, 2015 – SolRepublik Beach Club

Hours – 5 pm – 1 am
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7.
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – various
Note – event cancelled due to weather, restoring peace and quiet to Dyckman Street for at least one Sunday night
may31 event

June 6, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson

Hours – 1 pm – 7 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – no, but uses a guest list if they fill
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
Saturday afternoon DJ series for summer 2015. Did Parks approve?

June 7, 2015 – SolRepublik Beach Club

Hours – 5 pm – 1 am
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7
Amplified music – yes
Promoter – Fully Equipped Ent, ShowtimeNY, others

June 13, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson

Hours – 1 pm – 7 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – no, but uses a guest list if they fill
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
toth part II poster

June 14, 2015 – Puerto Rican Day Parade / SolRepublik Beach Club

Hours – 5pm – 1 am
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7.
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – LeRuffo, others
Note – event took place, but main DJ Camilo set cancelled by rain that started at 10 pm.  DJ promised to reschedule.

#lamarinanyc we lit….

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June 20, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson

Hours – 1 pm – 5 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – no, but uses a guest list if they fill
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
toth part II poster

June 20, 2015 – All White Party

Hours – 5pm – 1 am
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – cover charge but some admitted free or reduced.  Must text promoters directly.
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Note – wet weather, unclear if event continued as planned
june20th poster

Promotional Tweet (video from 2014)

June 21, 2015 – SolRepublik Beach Club

Hours – 5 pm – 1 am
Attendance – “sold out”, according to what operator told a promoter.  (How many is that, Parks?)
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7.
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Fully Equipped Ent, ShowtimeNY, others
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June 27, 2015 – Turntables on the Hudson CD Release / Anniversary Night Party

Hours – 1 pm – 1 am
Attendance – rained out, cancelled
Ticketed – yes, $10 advance
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Nickodemus
toth june27 poster

June 28, 2015 – Day & Night Beach Club

Hours – 12 pm – 6 pm
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – RSVP to promoter
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Dual Groupe
beach club june28

June 28, 2015 – SolRepublik Beach Club

Hours – 5 pm – 1 am
Attendance – unknown
Ticketed – $20 cover, ladies free before 7.
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Fully Equipped Ent, ShowtimeNY, others

CLICK HERE FOR JULY 2015 EVENT LISTINGS

CLICK HERE FOR AUGUST 2015 EVENT LISTINGS

CLICK HERE FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 EVENT LISTINGS


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