“We are pleased the matter has been resolved, and look forward to the future operation of the concession, and the marina.”
– Parks Department spokeswoman Crystal Howard, August 7, 2019
- Transfers the Manhattan River Group entity to two new parties controlled by Jimmy Goldman and Adam Mizrachi. Other new owners are not yet known but per court documents the former owners – Rosen, Tenenbaum, Mateo, et al. – must “have no present or future economic or other interest in the Manager, and shall have no involvement in the operation of the restaurant at any time.”
- Pays back the many creditors at least 40% of their owed debts, over time. It is possible they will see no more than 40%.
- Withdraws other legal actions against Parks.
- Agrees to several clarifications and stipulations reinforcing the license agreement, which continues, now in year 8 of its 15 year term
The stipulations are numerous and include the following:
- Season of May 15 to September 30
- Hours of:
- Monday—Thursday: 3PM-11PM
- Friday—Saturday 11AM-12:30AM
- Sunday: 11AM-11PM
- Restaurant may be closed for a private Special Event a maximum of two (2)
times during the Restaurant Season (limited to a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
- Food-based community events at the Restaurant involving ticketed entry, for certain holidays during the Restaurant Season. Community Events must end by 10:00 p.m. unless they are located inside the Restaurant.
- No events may be held by outside promoters.
- Off Season the Restaurant is closed, but Special Events can be held with Parks approval. Plus community-oriented ticketed food events can be held the first or second Sunday of every month.
- No valet parking during the Restaurant Season. During the Off Season, may
provide valet parking to a garage off of Parkland during Special Events
- Shall not host or allow any concerts or music-oriented events (including, but not limited to, events featuring live or recorded music/DJ).
- However music may be played so long as it is incidental to food-related or other community-related activities.
- The Parks Department does not oppose a new liquor license application by the new ownership team.
It should be noted that most of these stipulations are already in the 2009 concession agreement, which has not been terminated but has been assigned to the new owners and remains in force. This is perhaps preferable to the chaos and delays a termination and subsequent RFP process would have caused, and after all the issue was never really with that license agreement anyway. The problem was the utter incompetence and non-enforcement by Parks.
Hopefully a community meeting on September 12 will clear up some of these enforcement issues, but Inwood residents are wary. Recall that a similar meeting was held in the same location with the same elected officials and Parks officials in 2015 and it was a complete farce. If David Cerron and Melissa Goldberg could claim back then that, for example, “concerts are strictly prohibited” meant that 1,500 person highly-publicized mega-concerts were just dandy, what good are the new stipulations? What is to stop Parks from approving (or simply ignoring) changes in operations that make the facility again an improper illicit nightclub and not a restaurant? Is a concert in the vinyl party tent “incidental music”? Is “food-oriented community event” a backdoor wording for allowing the infamous #BrunchBounce to return? What happens the next time PCBlast Litty shows up to party down?
Given that Parks has maintained absolute radio silence with the community for more than a year there is cause to temper any optimism with concern.
Meanwhile the marina is now beginning to operate under Parks, and an RFP has been issued to select an operator for community-related boating services. In the past under Manhattan River Group’s concession management this role was initially unfilled despite public promises. In 2014 the function was finally filled by Hudson River Community Sailing under an agreement with MRG (although the docks were never technically legal for their use).
With the change in ownership of the marina, a new RFP process is now required to properly select an operator who can use the facilities to provide some community benefits. The RFP offers six moorings and daytime use of some dock space in exchange for offering programming, however the respondent wants to propose.
Parks is seeking proposals for the operation and maintenance of recreational boating programming and other services at Dyckman Marina, Manhattan. The operation of this concession is intended to be of a premium quality in terms of service. Parks is seeking a concessionaire who will operate and maintain the concession at the highest standards, making a significant improvement to the services available at Dyckman Marina. The concession should also make a significant improvement to the ambiance of the park while providing a convenient
service to the public. The marina was operated as a concession previously. As of May 2019, Parks operates the marina. This concession opportunity does not include the rental of slips, moorings, or boat storage.
One would expect HRCS to be the frontrunner in this RFP but there are other groups active in community boating such as SailNY or New York Sailing Center (who were part of the original 2007 concession RFP bid). We will be sure to watch the process involving the public marina asset closely.
Back to the restaurant, which as of September has already reopened (well in advance of this public meeting, hmmn). Having cleared the way for a new operation via the courts, on Labor Day weekend of 2019 the facility had a soft reopening with a name change as The Hudson, serving a casual menu of chicken sandwiches, BBQ and crab legs. There are still many questions, but for now it seems a new era has begun at the Dyckman Marina.
Is Dyckman Marina now restored, as per the objective of the CRDM? Time will tell.