Restore Dyckman Marina

Parks gets Litty

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“Thank you to the @Nypd 🚔for closing the street down so we can close out the #LittyEdition with the 3 BLOWTORCH SALUTE

 @PC_Blast on instagram July 29 2017

Throughout its six years of existence, perhaps the most unbelievable aspect of La Marina’s operations is the continued use of parkland and city streets for vehicular parking and displays to benefit a private operator.   And all enabled by a compliant NYPD that seems to have no problem assigning scarce officers to babysit club-going traffic.  It’s illegal, it’s bizarre, and it’s in complete plain sight.

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NYPD officer looking the other way while a promotion blocks the street at the La Marina entrance, June 2017

This site has extensively covered the issue of valet parking.   And gridlocked traffic.   And the confusing improper definitions of different property boundaries.  But every weekend, the same script plays out.  The valet staff start coning off regular parking spots and No Standing areas.  Massive crowds attending a prohibited concert event start arriving in the afternoon, many by cab and car.  VIPs get to park illegally inside the gates.  Traffic starts to back up.  And the police spend taxpayer dollars redirecting traffic at various intersections around Dyckman Street to aid cars in getting to the valet and the front door, even if it means reversing or barricading streets.

The police have never explained why a valet parking operation is allowed to operate on a public street, or how a No Standing zone means Nightclub Parking zone.  They just point to the Parks Dept and say they are trying to “allieviate congestion”.

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Sex and autosports, perfect for NYC parkland?

But some events are just a little too hard to explain. How, exactly, did the NYPD view the PC Blast Litty Edition tour event of July 16 at La Marina?  This was a 3-day exotic car tour organized by enthusiasts who enjoy high-performance driving while wearing anarchist masks and firing off smoke bombs.

The first two legs of the tour involved driving laps around NJ Motorsports Park and partying at an Atlantic City nightclub.  That makes sense — racing at a racetrack, then being entertained at a massive entertainment venue.  Hey, you know what would go great with that?  Driving to congested Manhattan to visit a city parks concession for more racing and partying, right?  Which is exactly what they did – La Marina was the official third stop on the tour.

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This was supposed to be parking for kayaks, not racecars.

And so on July 16, 2017 this unbelievable scene took place on Dyckman Street, a public street and highway access route, as a parade of exotic cars was welcomed by La Marina staff to roll onto public parkland as guests of the concession facility.  Ear-splitting revs and thick clouds of smoke, never mind a complete traffic standstill, did not draw seem to draw any attention from the NYPD during the entire event.

What the hell?  This goes way beyond the time La Marina turned into a seaplane showroom, or their misuse of public space for alcohol advertising, or their frequent appropriation of a $3.5M bike trail for a bouncer line (sometimes even used for driving performers to the stage).   This is inviting and condoning activities that belong at a racetrack or Atlantic City onto NYC parkland, and is pretty much the exact opposite of every promise made in the RFP when the concession was awarded in 2009.  In one testosterone-soaked moment it conveys everything wrong with the Parks Dept, and the NYPD’s enabling of their mind-boggling mismanagement.

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The apocalypse, or a Sunday afternoon outside La Marina?

The cars were parked on site, despite it being improper for any cars to park on the site.  They held engine rev contests that night in the middle of a residential neighborhood.   They made a general mockery of the streets of Inwood.  Watch this moment as a La Marina staffer blocks two women with strollers from accessing the park because the exotic cars get priority!

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No Standing zone?  More like No Enforcement zone.

None of these activities would be permitted in another part of New York City, but they are magically allowed in Inwood by Parks and the NYPD?

It is completely insane that a Parks concession is being used for events like PC Blast and other promotions.  Restore the approved uses.  Restore Dyckman Marina.

 

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One thought on “Parks gets Litty

  1. Thank you for documenting this.

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