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Liar Liar Parks on Fire

“We do not consider events that include music as part of the overall experience, and are not promoted as only a musical performance, to be prohibited..”

 David Cerron, NYC Parks Dept, July 3 2017


Halfway through the summer of 2017, it is time to check in on the many lies of the New York City Parks Dept under Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Every year Parks promises to “continue to address issues” with the concession over resident concerns about how public parkland got turned into an unaudited private nightclub.  So how are we doing so far this season?

[Sigh.]  Residents are working year-round to try and get Parks to enforce the license agreement as it is written.  These efforts usually start in reasonable questions being asked of Parks, and end in ridiculous lies and misdirections because Parks cannot possibly explain how any of what La Marina does outside of being a restaurant or bar is legal.  It is not, and this how Parks hopes to confuse you, the politicians, and the courts into letting the concession continue without interference for another ten years.

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Djs on stage, June 17, 2017

Let’s start with the unilateral extension of hours to 1 am, which you recall was extended from 11 pm.  The extension of hours is legal, but the extension of music to 1 am never has been.  Parks has tried many times to claim that La Marina’s events all end at 10 pm, and that any music after that is not from the main stage and is on some sort of sound limiter.  They have to say this because noise outdoors in New York is illegal after 10 pm.  But in the case of La Marina it’s pure fantasy.  The facility closes at 1 am, and the concert acts always go long past 10 pm till close to closing.  Even La Marina’s own website shows this when they describe an event that starts at 3 pm and features “more than 15 artists, 10+ hours of music and dancing, and special performances and surprises”  (Note that dancing is also not legal at La Marina — more on that in a moment).  And yet, when queried about the constant late-night noise, Parks will say as they did in an email of July 21, 2017 (all quotes on this page are from the Chief of Revenue, Concessions, and Controls Oversight for Parks, David Cerron).



Regarding the event’s duration, we spoke to the operators of La Marina and they confirmed that the July 4th event ended at 9:30pm. The facility closes no later than 1am.

Yeah, they checked on this by calling the operators.  Hey fox, how many eggs did you steal from that henhouse you were guarding?  Oh, none?  Ok then.

And why again are there concerts happening on the site in the first place?  Parks has been asked many times in writing to clarify how this can be when the license agreement explicitly states “concerts are strictly prohibited (see 10.18).”  This is the lie put forth by Parks in an email of July 3, 2017:

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Not a concert, just a lot of people lined up in front of a stage for no defined reason. (7/15/17)

With regard to “concerts” at the facility, as stated in prior correspondence dated August 18, 2015, it is true that the concession agreement does not define concerts. There is no indication in the agreement that live or recorded music is not permitted at the facility. The agreement contemplates amplified sound at the concession with Parks’ approval.

This first part of this answer tries to deflect by confusing any amplified music with concerts.  Amplified music is ok with some conditions, as you would expect for any RESTAURANT/BAR license.  Of course it is.  The issue is the 1,500 person CONCERTS that occur in the “La Marina Beach” area and feature a huge stage, ticketed entry, specific showtimes and featured performers.

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Not a concert.  Got that?  (7/2/17

We do not consider events that include music as part of the overall experience, and are not promoted as only a musical performance, to be prohibited. Consequently, we have approved La Marina’s use of regulated live amplified music as part of its overall concession activity, which includes its restaurant and lounge operation, marina services, and catered events.

Oh, so those are not concerts after all?  They are just “events that include music”?  Any six-year old would be familiar with this dictionary definition of concerts:

CONCERT /ˈkɒnsət/: A musical performance given in public, typically by several performers or of several compositions.

It is absurd of Parks to try and claim that “concerts” is not a defined term.  After all, neither is the word “day”, a word which is used many times.   Maybe they mean a Martian Day, or a Neptune Day, or a Klingon Day!   Come on Parks, no judge is going to buy this.  You had an entire series of events last year that was called a SUMMER CONCERT SERIES for crying out loud.  If a guy prances around on a stage while thousands of paying customers watch, newsflash: IT’S A CONCERT.

Deep down, Parks knows this.  They know they are in trouble here and cannot get out of it.  Go back to the language of the RFP from 2007:


This is not a concert, just an event that includes music.  A lot of music.

Proposers should note that the café will not be permitted to have any outdoor, amplified music without prior written approval from Parks. All amplified music must be at sound level reasonably acceptable to the Commissioner. The café and restaurant (if proposed) will not be permitted to operate past 11:00 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Concerts will be strictly prohibited at the site. If the proposer plans to build an enclosed, year-round restaurant, then amplified music may be played within the structure. All amplified music at the café or restaurant (if proposed) must cease at 10:00 p.m. and must be at a sound level reasonably acceptable to the Commissioner. Music and all other noise emanating from the café and restaurant (if proposed) shall comply with the rules for noise control in Title 24, Chapter 2 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

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A ticket description for an event that has 17 musical acts.  Not a concert!

So the intent was pretty clear.  No concerts.  So this year, Parks has been trying to strengthen the “they’re not concerts, they’re events that include music” excuse by requiring that the weekend concerts describe themselves as, wait for it, “birthday parties”.  (This seems similar to the tactic tried some years ago of calling the concerts “benefits”.)  So for these “birthday parties”, you just show up like any other birthday party, only you have to get a ticket, you don’t bring a gift, there is hours of music but no singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ or cake, and there will be about 1,500 other guests.  So pretty much the same as any other birthday party ever you’ve been to, right?

And if they are not birthday parties, the concerts are called “beach parties”.  You know, like any party at the beach, minus the ocean and beach chairs, plus bouncers, tickets a stage and multiple music acts.  And they allow 15 of these a year, on the legal basis of absolutely nothing.  Parks should be ashamed.

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Poster, May 29th 2017

Speaking of knowing no shame, another 2017 lie from Parks is that they are blameless over the content of some of these concerts/parties.   It has long been an issue that Parks allows event promotions that feature the objectification of women, a remarkable practice for a city-owned facility in the 21st century and one that is prohibited in the license agreement (10.16).  Right from Memorial Day weekend 2017, there were problems with concert posters that fixated on female bodies.  When questioned, Parks stated on July 3, 2017:

As you know, the advertisements you referenced were not approved by Parks. We spoke to La Marina and were informed that the advertisements were not approved by them either, but instead were issued by third-party event planners. We directed La Marina to instruct the event planners to immediately replace the advertisements with something more appropriate and to firmly remind event planners to have all advertisements approved in advance. After review, it appears these advertisements were subsequently replaced. We have also directed La Marina to strengthen their efforts when monitoring online promotional material for events that is not on the La Marina website.

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Event “covered up” only after being pointed out to Parks.

And yet a month later, Parks pretended to be shocked!, shocked! again when a prominent event was booked called Bikini Palooza  which featured some of the most outrageous marketing images yet.  After the event was brought to Parks’ attention, was it cancelled?  Of course not.  It was simply renamed “Beach Wear Affair” and allowed to continue.

Again, Parks blamed others — a website redesign (?) — and said on July 21, 2017 that they would resolve the issue not by stopping the illegal concerts, but by asking La Marina to hire a staffer to surf Instagram!

With regard to advertisements, approved promotional material for beach events can be found on La Marina’s website and/or Facebook page. Their website was not functioning for most of June due to a site redesign, which may have contributed to the circulation of unapproved advertisements. With that said, we agree that the event in question was not promoted appropriately by the event planner – we have expressed this sentiment to the concessionaire, and they have now assigned a staff person to search event-related online posts and ensure they are in keeping with the approved event

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This sort of marketing has nothing at all to do with Parks allowing public land to serve as a giant nightclub. Right?

Good luck with that, since the #LaMarina hashtag is now considered so explicit that Instagram often filters it and hides search results.  But please, Parks, keep up with the good work!  Because it hasn’t stopped this poster from appearing on the La Marina website for July 30th.  (One wonders if any other municipal facility in history has ever developed quite the street rep as the Dyckman Marina…)



Nothing to see here people (just the taking of public space).

Finally, Parks is continuing in 2017 the Great Lie about parking.  See, parking is a tough topic to spin.  It’s rather technical in that the site has none, the license agreement doesn’t mention it, the site plan doesn’t allow any, and the Parks-owned parking lot nearby has no agreement of its own to operate as a valet lot.  All of the streets near La Marina are either regular residential parking or No Standing zones.  And yet, and yet, every weekend, the barricades go up and parking staff seize public streets as private valet parking.  It’s a little hard not to notice, with the dozens of cops assigned to look the other way while they direct traffic.  And so, Parks must wiggle and squirm to try and not make it apparent that everything concerning parking at La Marina is grossly illegal.  Per an email on July 21, 2017 responding to a resident complaint about valet parking closing off Dyckman near Staff Street:

La Marina does not have authorization to close off this area of Dyckman Street. We spoke to the operators regarding your concern and were informed that the decision to close Dyckman Street was made by staff of the 34 precinct. In this instance, valet parking employees were allowed to move to the front of the barricade depicted in your photo to facilitate access for patrons traveling to the facility, and parking in the concessionaire’s designated area closer to the facility.

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Valet parking staff cone off Dyckman Street from public access, July 2017.

Oh, so it’s the NYPD’s fault?  Little problem with this lie:  there is NO “concessionaire’s designated area” for parking.  None.  Not a single space.  So Parks here is essentially saying the NYPD allowed an illegal parking operation to take over a public street to support a use that is not approved or authorized at a city-owned facility.

Restore Dyckman Marina.

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Welcome Back, Klubber

“At the far west end of what the district refers to as the Dyckman corridor, is the unnervingly popular riverside restaurant-bar-hookah-dance venue La Marina.”

 Metro, Dec 7, 2016

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Welcome to 2017.  This will be the sixth season operating under the never-enforced and pretty-much-worthless concession agreement for the establishment at the Dyckman Marina basin.  The rent will still only be a measly 8% (far below the rents of 14% at Boat Basin Cafe or 12% at New Leaf Cafe) and as we’ve noted over and over, much of the money potentially owed to the city may never be seen because concert ticket income seems to not be reported.  But never mind all of those abstract numbers — a return to warm weather and the concession’s reopening means a return of illegal noisy concerts that bring unfair traffic and parking mayhem to Inwood’s 40,000 residents.

As usual, attempts have been made to correct the situation by asking Parks to abide by the agreements that were actually negotiated and signed back in 2009, rather than continue whatever fantasy they have been living in since 2012.  And last year saw a lot more scrutiny than usual, with federal corruption investigations surrounding Mayor de Blasio extending to La Marina’s majority partner.

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Concert posters from the first half of the 2016 season.

But despite FBI rumors and calls for audits, as in past years Parks simply resorted to “alternative facts” to respond to critics.   In June 2016, a Parks spokesperson stated in an email to a neighborhood group that:

Similar to last season, La Marina is limiting the number of large Beach events, which are events on the beach that meet or exceed 1,000 attendees, to 15.

Keep in mind that there is no legal basis for even one of these “events” (which involve tickets and music and are called “concerts” by non-lying people).  Nonetheless, over the course of the summer Parks could not even manage to enforce their own invented and relaxed guideline.  In October 2016, long after the last mic had dropped, the spokesperson stated in a followup email:

La Marina is limiting their number of large beach events to 15 per year … for such an event to be included, it must meet or exceed 1,000 attendees.  Any events with less than 1,000 attendees are not counted in the 15 per year restriction.  Using that parameter, La Marina hosted 10 large beach events this season.

In reality, there were at least 40 heavily advertised, ticketed events in summer 2016, as seen in the posters on this page.

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Concert posters from the second half of the 2016 season

At least 21 of those events, as documented here, hosted large crowds that filled the beach area to 2/3 or more (the beach alone has a legal capacity of 1,500 people):

1. May 21 Memorial Day Party
2. May 30 Brunch Bounce
3. June 12 Mega Music Series #3
4. June 18 Everyday People
5. June 19 Mega Music Series #4
6. June 25 Mai Tai NY
7. July 2 Chicken & Beer
8. July 3 Lovetrain Tour
9. July 4 Brunch n Beats
10. July 10 Mega Music Series #6
11. July 16 CRIBS
12. July 22 AfroCarnival
13. July 24 Mega Music Series #8
14. Aug. 6 Everyday People
15. Aug. 20 Summer Daze
16. Aug. 21 Rains/Powder Wars
17. Aug 26 Fiesta Empanada
18. Aug 27 Afro Caribbean
19. Sept 3 Everyday People #3
20. Sept 5 Brunch n Beats
21. Sept 10 Brunch Bounce

So how exactly does twenty-one equal ten?  How exactly do the images of all those concert posters  match up with “concerts are strictly prohibited” as stated in section 10.16 of the concession agreement?  How exactly was this creating “a significant improvement to the ambience of the park and surrounding area while providing a convenient service to the public” as required by the original concession RFP?  We’ll never know, as when Parks can’t give an answer that justifies their negligence, they provide no answer at all.

The only time in 2016 when Parks did their job properly in overseeing the concession was when they cancelled a boxing event that the operators had booked for the site.  Presumably they could not come up with a way to describe a live boxing match better suited for Madison Square Garden as being part of the approved use of “a full-service restaurant and a lounge”, so in this one rare instance it was dropped.

But one right does not make up for so many wrongs.  Will the same abuse of Inwood’s largest park as a late-night concert venue happen again in 2017?  What about the never-performed audit, or the missing EcoDock?  Will the city continue to look the other way as the alcohol industry uses a city park as a promotional vehicle?  Will the NYPD continue to pretend that Dyckman Street is not the city’s biggest illegal parking operation?  And exactly how many new explicit songs will come out this year referencing La Marina in their lyrics?

The big question for 2017 remains: will Dyckman Marina ever be restored to its intended and approved uses?

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2016 Event Tracker

“The all day (and all night) beach party fetes the collective’s new imprint, Crew Love Records, and will host raucous sets from the label’s own No Regular Play, Nick Monaco, David Marston, and — of course — extended sets from founders Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap themselves to toast the evening into the morning.”

  Billboard Magazine, June 30 2016

2016 packages list

2016 Bottle Service Price List

Promises, laws and regulations have been broken every year since the concession re-opened in 2012.  Will 2016 be any different?  All disruptive nightlife-type events, the kind of events that are not supposed to be happening on city parkland under the concession agreement, will be posted here.

Note that many of the events will claim to end before 10 pm, since by regulation outdoor concerts across the city end at that hour.  But of course at La MArina the “house DJs” take over from 10 pm to 1 am, continuing the illegal outdoor sound and keeping the party going.

Please send any photos or videos to to be added to this page.

Restore Dyckman Marina to its intended uses as a restaurant and marina and remove the nightclub/concert venue operations and the problems will cease. 

Examples of “minor” events that are in addition to the ticketed concerts below.

May 5, 2016 – Rhythym and Style Splash

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $15
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Restless Media (RM) and AFLIK TV

May 12, 2016 – Rhythym and Style Splash

Hours – 6 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – RSVP
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Restless Media (RM) and AFLIK TV

May 28, 2016 – Memorial Day Party

Hours – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – yes, $53 advance
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Carefree Nation

May 29, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #1

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $30 advance
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

Throwback May 29th 2016 at #lamarinanyc Had a blast!

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Throw back May 29th 2016 at #lamarinanyc Summer beach party.

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May 30, 2016 – Brunch Bounce

Hours – 1 pm – 9 pm
Ticketed – yes, $20 advance
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – BrunchBounce

Groovy vibes right now courtesy of @zeemuffin • #BrunchBounce #LaMarinaNYC

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😰 @walshyfire 🔥 • #BrunchBounce #LaMarinaNYC

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Ah man damn #BrunchBounce 🔥 @walshyfire & @jillionaire 🙌

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💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 • #BrunchBounce #LaMarinaNYC

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🌊🌊🌊 #LaMarina

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Tonight's craziness. #lamarina #lamarinanyc #avs #DJ #audio #live #production #igdaily #igers #sac

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#mcfire #lamarina

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June 5, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #2

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
Cancelled by Mother Nature, not by Parks (!)
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June 11, 2016 – Jack Daniel’s PXP FEST

Hours – 6 pm – 1 am
Ticketed – yes, $40
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

June 12, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #3

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $40
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

@messiahgram Live #LaMarinaNyc #PrParadeAfterParty

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@lamarinanyc performing live @messiahgram 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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#lamarina #NYC #Dykman #Prep #Designed #Dopelegion #Rocnation

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June 18, 2016 – Remy Martin Producers Series

Hours – 3 pm – 6 pm
Ticketed – no
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Remy Martin Cognac

June 18, 2016 – Everyday People

Hours – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – yes, $10 to $20 cash at door
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Everyday People

Had a blast @missbelafonte #LaMarina #dyckman #washingonheights #nyc

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Just got to #LaMarina!! It's popn!! #everydaypeople

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June 19, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #4

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $40
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

June 25, 2016 – Mai Tai NY

Hours – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – yes, $40 advance
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Caesar’s Army, Carefree Nation

June 26, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #5

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $40
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

Last night #Lamarina

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July 1, 2016 – First Fridays

Hours – 8 pm – 1 am
Ticketed – cover charge after 10 pm
Amplified music – yes, DJ
Promoter – Drill NYC
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July 2, 2016 – Chicken & Beer

Hours – tbd
Ticketed – yes, $25
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – BrunchBounce, FeelUp

Dance still nice #LaMarina

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It was lit today #lamarina #fourthofjulyweekend🇺🇸 #lituation

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July 3, 2016 – Lovetrain Tour

Hours – 2 pm – 1 am
Ticketed – yes, $40-50
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Crew Love, Matte

July 4, 2016 – Brunch n Beats

Hours – 3 pm – 9 pm
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Intermixx Marketing Group

All the way up! #fatjoe #remyma #uptown #bx #lamarina #4thofjuly #brunchnbeats

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#4thofjuly shenanigans part 2! #uptown #lamarina #dusse #brunchnbeats

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July 9, 2016 – Rum n Riddim

Hours – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – unknown
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Everyday People
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July 10, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #6

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $40
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
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Throwback Sunday With @deejayfedez At La Marina. #djsmalls #lamarina

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By: @majorworldespanol @cosculluela – #LAMARINA #BuenosBonitosBaratos @cosculluela #

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July 16, 2016 – CRIBS

Hours – 3 pm – 8 pm
Ticketed – yes, $40 – $60
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Carefree Nation, Natalie

@carefreenation #lamarina #caesarsarmy #beachparty #soca #fete #dayparty #livecarefree

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Jidenna came thru the #everydaypplnyc day party 😍!!!! #dayparties #nyc #lamarina #blacklivesmatter

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Happy bday Fran 🎂🍾🍸🎉 @_frannntastic #cribs #cribs2016

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Found a feter! 😜#cribs2016

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July 17, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #7

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

July 22, 2016 – Boxing Event – Cancelled by Parks Dept

Hours – tbd
Ticketed – yes, prices tbd
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Uprising Promotions
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July 22, 2016 – Soul Diverse

Hours – 6 pm – 1 am
Ticketed – $10 donation
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Bang the Drum
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July 23, 2016 – AfroCarnival

July 24, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #8

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $25
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

🌊🌊🌊🌊🔥🔥🎥🎤🍾 @alexsensation #LaMarina #live 💪

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Happy Birthday to our brother @ralphiemercado love you. Your PMD Family. #pitorro #portmorrisdistillery #lamarina #lamarinabeach

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#HappyBirthdayRalphieMercado 2016!!!!!!!!!! #LaMarina

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July 30, 2016 -OASIS

Hours – 5 pm – 2 am
Ticketed – yes, $10
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Merge, Globalmixx, SoulDiverse, Brooklyn Social
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July 31, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #9

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
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Aug 6, 2016 – Everyday People

Hours – 2 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – yes, $20 cash at door
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Everyday People


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#summer #summernights #lovethiscity #nyc #lamarina #manhattan #samsung7edge #everydaypeoplenyc

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Aug 7, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #10

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
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Aug 14, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #11

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

August 20, 2016 – Summer Daze

Hours – 2 pm – 11 pm
Ticketed – yes, tbd
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – IL2L

August 21, 2016 – Rains / Powder Wars

Hours – 12 pm – 6 pm
Ticketed – yes, $60
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Ice Box Entertainment, Carefree NAtion

#lamarinanyc #evernigerian #everafrikan #trindad #powder #water

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#powder #water #evernigerian #everafrikan #tunuptime #lamarinanyc #admiralout

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#Uptown #NYC #TurnUp seems folks are still in #LaMarina all #Summer16 #Dope

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Aug 21, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #12 (postponed due to rain)

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
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August 26, 2016 – Fiesta Empanada

Hours – 5 pm – 1 am
Ticketed – yes, $10-$30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – The Frat Haus

August 27, 2016 – AfroCaribbean

Hours – 4 pm – 11:30 pm
Ticketed – yes, $30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – VybeAfrica

We litttttt #lamarina @mr_cuefilms got shit on tilt

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🎥 HERES PART 1 OF THE MOVIE AT #LaMarina #AfroCaribbean PARTY LAST WEEK SATURDAY #BestInTheCity #VibezOnly

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La Marina was on full tilt last night #lamarina

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Aug 28, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #13

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9
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Sep 3, 2016 – Everyday People #3

Hours – 3 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed –yes, $10-30
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Everyday People


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Sep 4, 2016 – Mega Music Series Concert #14

Hours – 5 pm – 12 am
Ticketed – yes, $20+
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – LaMega97.9

Sep 5, 2016 – Brunch n Beats

Hours – 3 pm – 9 pm
Ticketed – yes, $20
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live
Promoter – Intermixx

SMH WHAT A PARTY 🔥🔥🔥 #theambassador #prettylou #firstchoice #intermixx #laborday #lamarina

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@prettylou11 close up…#laborday LA MARINA #theambassador

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Sept 10, 2016 – Brunch Bounce

Hours – 1 pm – 10 pm
Ticketed – yes, $25
Amplified music – yes, DJ and live (inlcuding Skrillex!)
Promoter – BrunchBounce

Skrillex on a beach #LaMarina #BrunchBounce #Skrillex

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Master Electrician today for #skrillex at #lamarina #brunchbounce #lighting #production #lightingdesign #avspg #dubstep #edm

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Ending the summer right #skrillex #lamarinanyc #brunchbounce #dyckman #lamarina #edm @brunchbounce @skrillex

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Killing part 2 @iamtjr #tjr #brunchbounce #lamarina

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When #skrillex drops #flosstradamus I get 😁 #lamarina #brunchbounce #heatwave @skrillex @flosstradamus @brunchbounce 👽⚠️👯

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The More Things Change…

“La Marina offers a unique experience that infuses a touch of South Beach in Manhattan, setting the perfect backdrop for private social events or corporate parties.”, April 2016


Summer is coming…

As La Marina prepares to open for its fifth season, there is cause for despair.

Many residents who lived closest to the Parks concession have now moved elsewhere; newer residents moving in are unaware that the problems at the site are things that should not be happening — to them, they are just the way they have always been.

Remaining residents, tired of successive politicians who fail to take action, have adapted their travel patterns and weekend activities to try and mitigate the damage.

In 2014, at the Community Board 12 liquor license renewal committee meeting, a huge crowd turned out, only to see the license renewed for another 2 years with stipulations (that were never met) and more lies fabricated (to justify actions that are not permitted by the concession agreement or city regulations).  And so on April 13, 2016 few residents appeared for the licensing committee meeting, knowing that the liquor license would be renewed regardless — which it indeed was, without a single stipulation.

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Will summer 2016 be just like summer 2015?

So what now?  Will the “private social events” (aka concerts, no, make that “experiences that include music“) be  limited to ending at 10 pm?  To not being on Sunday nights?  To occuring just a few times throughout the season?  No, of course not.  Will the community uses of the site, which now finally includes sailing, increase?  Nope, anything like a family movie night would conflict with the concerts.  (Although, for a place that takes in many millions each year, you would think La Marina could afford to donate the $25,000 needed for a floating classroom for the sailing school.)  How about that EcoDock promised in 2012?  Every year it is promised, every year it fails to appear.

A shooting in 2014 did not bring change.  Community meetings with Parks officials in 2015 did not bring change.  A corruption scandal involving uptown politicians in 2016 has not brought change (yet – stay tuned on this one).  There is simply no reason not to expect summer 2016 to be just like summer 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.  So what can you do about it?

Take note of the impact La Marina has on your quality of life when they host disruptive concerts, or are playing music past 10 pm, or when you cannot even exit the highway. Email with your photos and observations and they will be published here.  And contact your elected officials to let them know that not all of Inwood has rolled over or abandoned the neighborhood.

Restore Dyckman Marina to its original uses, to benefit everyone, as it should be.  In the meantime, Happy 2016.

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Security staff training for La Marina’s 2016 season.  Because all Parks concessions need bouncers, right?



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Summer Lyin’ (2015 edition)

“We look forward to La Marina continuing to serve as a successful concession that is responsive to community concerns…”

Liz Sanchez, Analyst, Revenue Division, Parks & Recreation

All photos on this page are from Summer 2015

All photos on this page are from summer 2015

When fall arrives, one of the signs of the season for Inwood residents is the return of calm to Dyckman Street.  Another is the receipt of the annual form letter from the Parks Department explaining what a terrific job they did of managing their Dyckman Marina concession and how any and all community concerns about the operations of an illegal nightclub and concert venue are either unfounded or sure to be addressed any day now.

For example, here are excerpts from the 2012 version of “the letter”:

Thank you for your letter regarding NYC Park’s Concession, La Marina.  I apologize for the delayed response.

La Marina is permitted to have 500 seated people at their Parks licensed premises, 200 of which can be outside. La Marina is currently applying for a Place of Assembly permit from the Department of Small Business Services so that they can ensure they are safely accommodating their outdoor patrons.  NYC Parks, La Marina and the 34th Precinct have also been coordinating to ensure that public safety at the facility’s perimeter is maintained as well.

ritmo3Designated areas of the event space at La Marina offer a bottle fee, which Parks did not approve. We are working with La Marina for next summer’s season to ensure that the areas available to restaurant patrons remain the priority of the establishment.   We have received complaints regarding Sunday traffic congestion in the area.  As a result we have met with La Marina and they have urged more use of public transportation to their facility. In addition, we have received complaints about noise.  La Marina’s contract requires all amplified sound to terminate by 10 p.m. We have informed them of the complaints we have received and their need to comply.  We have also witnessed that many people driving in the area, perhaps on their way to La Marina, have the volume on their car stereos excessively high.  Other people set up “car parties” and put chairs on Dyckman Street and turn their car stereos on too loudly.  These areas are outside of La Marina’s Licensed Premises, and La Marina is only responsible for the behavior of patrons at the restaurant.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.


And then in 2013, another letter with some familiar themes:

Thank you for writing to us about La Marina.

We understand your ongoing concerns and indeed, we have been working with the operators of La Marina to address them. The first year of any new concession is always a challenge as the agency seeks to navigate a course that is flexible and supportive of a new  business, while being sensitive to people who have to accommodate new commercial activity in their neighborhood. 

The operators of La Marina have been advised that all outdoor amplified sound must end by 10:00pm, and they have agreed to comply with this restriction in the future. As such, several events that had been planned for the end of the summer were canceled. We hope that this will help curtail the community’s concerns about noise.  

Parks has also been coordinating with NYPD and the NYCDOT to see what street network or traffic controls can be put in place to alleviate area congestion

I apologize for the delay in responding; your message was misrouted through our correspondence system. Thank you for reporting your concerns and observations. We will continue to address issues as they arise at the licensed premises.

valet on staff st (1)In 2014, instead of waiting until after summer for the Parks Dept to make their annual excuses, the concession operators themselves  issued a preemptive letter to the Community Board before the season even started.  This included such deflections as:

All of these inspections and reviews by the various departments have determined that our business in fully compliant with applicable laws, rules and regulations: The 34th Precinct  conducted sound inspections throughout the area on one of our busiest days and found no violations or concerns relating to public safety; we received our second consecutive ‘A’ from the Department of Health; we do not exceed permitted occupancy levels; FDNY concluded that there were no unsafe conditions and that emergency vehicles had sufficient access to our site; the SLA is satisfied with our significant efforts to ensure that minors are not served alcohol.

A Parks Department audit conducted this winter has shown some areas where our internal procedures could be tightened up, but overall found that La Marina has properly fulfilled its obligations to the City. As a result of that audit, through ongoing meetings with Parks officials in the Compliance and Revenue Divisions, we are working together to develop new protocols to improve transparency. We are told that it is typical for new concessions to go through this type of tweaking – the process is never seamless.

cribs photo4La Marina has had an important impact on this neighborhood. Most of those who complain loudest about our business tend to ignore the drag racing, prostitution and drug dealing that plagued the area just a few years ago. The now absent dreary storefronts and dangerous stretches are not part of the discourse. We continue to work with the task force, the BID, DOS and DOT to improve the area further. By working with these groups, we are also eager to effect more positive change.

It’s not necessary to pick apart the above letters since they obviously resolved nothing — just click on the links.  But let’s take a look at this year’s form letter (supposedly authored by an analyst at the Parks Dept), which may be the best yet in terms of its truthiness.  Note – there are so many lies, the letter has to be addressed almost one sentence at a time.  For clarity, the 2015 letter text is underlined.

Thank you for your letter regarding La Marina. I apologize for the delay in response.  Since you sent this inquiry, NYC Parks has worked closely with La Marina to clarify requirements and adjust operations in order to enhance compliance with the concession agreement and to address any inadvertent impacts of the concession’s considerable popularity.

bb14This is a nice foreshadowing that the rest of this letter will be pure bull.  I wonder if “worked closely with La Marina to clarify requirements” has something to do with gross violations of their licensing agreement.  Since virtually nothing has changed in terms of their operations since 2012, does “enhance compliance with the concession agreement” mean “allow everything we initially said was not approved, like bottle service and concerts”?  Gee, I wonder if creating gridlock for half of Inwood was an “inadvertent impact”?  It’s a little hard to claim that the negative results of hosting 3,000 people and hundreds of cars at a site that is not capable of supporting such crowds is some kind of shocking surprise.

Finally, the crutch of “but they’re soooo popular” is wheeled out right in the first paragraph.  This is the excuse that Parks leans on time and again to paint the concession as a victim of their its success.  No.  The issue is not that the 500 seat restaurant is popular.  A facility of that size was forecast from the beginning and, on its own is manageable.  We know this because there are no quality of life problems on nights when the concert venue and nightclub are not operating.  The “popularity” is in reality the large crowds of thousands that attend the concerts and late-night club portions of the site, a use that was never approved by any agency.  This is made worse by the massive valet that operates without any legal agreement whatsoever.  The problem is not that these uses are popular, it is that they exist where they should not.
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This season, La Marina has made important strides to better serve the needs of its community and implemented reasonable adjustments to its summer 2015 programming in accordance with community concerns.

Really?  Pray tell, what were those programming adjustments? Other than fewer headline performers (2Chainz, Fabolous, etc.) there was virtually no change to the summer programming.  See for yourself — Can you tell the difference between the sample poster collection on the right, from 2015, and this image of posters from the previous summer?  I didn’t think so.

As for “community concerns”, I guess the community must have been concerned with not enough events where beer companies took over parkland for promotional events, because there were two of those this year.

Per Parks’ direction, La Marina agreed to limit the number of large events to 15.

IMG_20150715_103045What a nice bit of misdirection.  In reality, Parks raised the limit of concerts from zero to 15  (since the contract says “Concerts are strictly prohibited”).  So how did Parks weasel out of this ban? It was hinted at in May, and then confirmed in a separate letter to residents in August, where Parks Chief Accountant David Cerron wrote the words “We do not consider events that include music as part of the overall experience, and are not promoted as only a musical performance, to be prohibited.”  That has to be one of the most farcical statements ever penned by a public official.

Events that met or exceeded 1,000 attendees were counted as part of the 15 large events.

Well that was nice of Parks to arbitrarily pick a nice round number like 1,000.  Where did that come from?  How did they decide that 999 people (again, at a site that was supposed to be 500 seats) would not have an impact but 1,000 would and therefore need some limit?  As it turns out, there is a process for evaluating when a proposed use will have a negative impact.  It’s called an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS.  And did La Marina have an EIS when it was first proposed?  Let’s go back to the transcript of the September, 2008 Franchise and Concession Review Committee hearing, and recall what the Parks concession director told the committee when they asked about doing an EIS:

sep5 scene4“This is an existing use, previously a [marina] cafe, for at least, I believe, 15 years. I don’t know the exact number; at least the last 10 years. So this is not a new use of this space. Therefore, we didn’t do any [environmental assessment], because typically it is existing use and we know what the conditions that were there before.  We don’t think there is going to be any — the concessionaire has offered to work with local garages to make sure that there is valet  parking; to encourage people to come by public  transportation. And we don’t think there’s going  to be a particular traffic impact based on the concession.”

So after deflecting any need for an EIS, Parks can just turn around and say under 1,000 is ok all the time, and more than that is even ok fifteen times a year?  Inequitable treatment of Inwood, to say the least.

For the summer 2015 season, eight events met or exceeded the 1,000 person threshold.

tickets july26Liar, liar, pants on fire.  There were over fifty heavily promoted musical events during the summer of 2015.  Many of those attracted huge crowds that clearly filled the beach area to capacity.  How did Parks get its count?  Does the bouncer write up a report for Parks?  Are they getting ticket sales reports from their concession?  In other words, prove it, Parks, because the pictures don’t lie.  All we do know is that Parks no longer requires special events permits for any kind of event, even the “large” ones, so there is no official record of any kind.

Additionally, Parks worked with La Marina to ensure that Community Board 12 and the NYPD 34th Precinct were made aware of potentially large upcoming events.

Hmmmn.  How exactly did you tell the Community Board (which by the way is based in Washington Heights 35 blocks from La Marina) about these summer events when the Community Board is shut down for July and August?  The police though surely were aware of the events given the traffic and crowd control they were providing each and every summer weekend, at taxpayer cost.

In regards to noise/sound, in accordance with the NYC Noise Code, La Marina transitions to an in-house system at 10:00pm that was specifically designed in consultation with a sound engineer.

bb4No, it doesn’t.  There are many examples of videos showing main acts continuing well past 10 pm on the main stage using the main speakers.  Here is one from 11:15 pm on Aug 22.

This sound system is much quieter and part of their internal audio system which contains limiters, compressors and/or other equipment for systematically containing the volume of audio at the Licensed Premises and ensuring that neighbors are not impacted by amplified sound.

And here we find some technobabble that conveniently obscures the fact that the written contract forbids any amplified music of any kind after 10 pm.   It does not allow for limited, compressed or otherwise contained audio after 10 pm.  It bans it, for the express reason that besides the fact that the New York City Noise Code effectively prohibits outdoor music after 10 pm, any music past that hour enables a nightclub use that was never approved and keeps large crowds on a site until a late hour when their exit becomes extremely disruptive.  (This also relates to how Parks unilaterally extended the hours past those approved in the contract)

20245761884_c581ef92eb_oThroughout the season, La Marina continually worked with NYC Parks and the 34th Precinct to address parking concerns and pedestrian flow.

Oh, the jokes are really flying now.  Parking concerns?  As in, the valet parking lot is totally, completely, absolutely illegal but let’s let them have it, never mind whatever the law says?  Ha ha ha.  As to addressing pedestrians, Parks must be referring to the fact that the recently built bike path next to La Marina is now used as a ticket queue, VIP access and backstage door during summer afternoons and evenings due to the construction this year of three gates along the path.  Gates that were never on the approved site plan and act to seize yet more public space for La Marina’s benefit?  Did the bag checks and ID scans to enter a public park also help with “pedestrian flow”?

20150823_103206La Marina has continually encouraged visitors to take mass transit to the venue, ride bikes to the site, and has partnered with area garages to minimize parking impact on the community. Furthermore, Parks met on-site with the 34th Precinct and the La Marina operators to discuss safety procedures for the valet parking operation.

Yes, I’m sure the instagrams of entertainers arriving by car and yacht scream “mass transit”.  Or is that referring to the tiny fine print that was added to the bottom of the La Marina website about taking the A train?  Bottom line, if you are running Manhattan’s largest valet parking operation (cash-based, it might be pointed out) you are attracting car traffic, not deterring it.  The fact that the entire thing is grossly illegal rather overrides any “discussions” about safety procedures.

In order to expand waterfront access to the community, La Marina has established a public sailing program, which provides both free sailing instruction for children and fee based sailing programs for adults.

Ah yes, the ballyhooed sailing program.  The same program that was long promised but never appeared in 2012, 2013, 2014, or even 2015 until the last weekend of August.  The one that charges $95 per person for a sailing outing.  The one that held a single Community Day in mid-October that filled its free sessions within hours, so great was the demand.  That sailing program.  While an excellent use and entirely consistent with a proper Parks concession use, its belated arrival does not make up for the many sins committed and promises broken over the past four years.

photo-from-may24During the season, La Marina’s beach area was open to the public most Saturdays from around 12:00pm to 3:30pm.

Giggle.  “Most”.  And why was that “most” and not “all”?   Could it be that anytime there was money to be made by holding a concert the free beach access was cancelled?  And about those hours, it’s curious that Parks does not point out that the hours were originally 2 pm until sunset, but those times were found to conflict too much with the business of closing public land for private parties and so were moved forward.  During the few hours a week that this large portion of the site (originally approved as an open-air and ungated café area) was open to the public, La Marina prohibited users from bringing food or drink (which had to be purchased) but generously pointed out that virgin cocktails would be available for the “little ones”.  How thoughtful of Parks to make sure the kids developed drinking habits early in life.

In addition, La Marina provided a reoccurring free beach outdoor fitness program and hosted kayak events.

20247392583_86c3e0c864_kYes they did.  A fitness program that used extremely high volume music, because why not?  If it’s ok to blast music at 1 am, why not 9 am on a Sunday too?  As for the “kayak events”, other than letting the community-friendly Inwood Canoe Club use their ramp to build their new kayak dock it’s not clear what kayak events occurred.  Unless they are confusing kayaks with floatplanes, which did hold a demonstration event for an entire week at La Marina — although being a floatplane showroom was not exactly part of the federal boating grant that paid for the docks.

I hope this information is helpful.

Not unless “helpful” means “insulting”.

We look forward to La Marina continuing to serve as a successful concession that is responsive to community concerns.

Look Parks, it’s been four years already.  You can spare us next year’s letter.  La Marina would be a successful concession responsive to community concerns if it operated solely as a restaurant and marina, as it was supposed to.  Allowing continued operation of the Jones Beach-like concert venue and late-night nightclub is wrong and should stop.

Thank you.

We will thank you when you Restore Dyckman Marina.

This is a Parks concession?

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2015 Event Tracker – May/June

 “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.


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
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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
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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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#SolRepublikBeachClub at #LaMarinaNyc with #LA_FAMILLE 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 @djlobo & @djcamilo tonight !

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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
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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

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
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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




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The Notorious L.M.

Pull up La Marina in a yacht, n****.
Then skate off like a pirate with ya thot, n****

 French Montana, ‘Hot N****’

A NYC Parks concession is now more likely to be referenced in lewd lyrics than public events listings.


Jay-Z and Beyonce visit La Marina

After five full years of infamous nightclub operations, the Parks Department concession at Dyckman Marina has firmly established itself firmly in the pop culture. The nightclub, lounge and event space has already been used to film several music videos; it is now repeatedly also appearing in the lyrics of actual songs, and never in a way that could be considered typical or favorable for a public park concession.

The use of the business name of the concession (La Marina) by performers capitalizes on and perpetuates the club’s high-profile nightlife reputation.  This is surely not what Parks nor the community had in mind when the RFP was awarded to create a simple restaurant and a cafe with public waterfront access.  

Of course many places in New York are memorialized in song, though perhaps with fewer references to drugs, guns and misogyny.   Some excerpts are printed below from songs that mention the concession business name in the lyrics:

You n****s just findin’ La Madrina
I’ve been sellin’ dope from La Marina
Back when Joey’s name was Cartagena
Steppin’ on it like la Macarena
My Rollie, my bitch Rollie, it all come from that white cocaine
Versace, n****, ice hockey, n****, it all come from that white cocaine
My momma, 65 with a ‘Rari coupe in her name
I bought it, she signed it, who the fuck do you blame?
Two scales in the trap car, woo!
All you seein’ is a rap star, woo!
Trash bags in the trap door
Hundred bands like a black car, yuugh!

Made my first mil, start tweaking, ho
And told my old bitch I ain’t speaking, ho
Montana, I’m a block n****
You heard they shot me and I shot n****s
Young Hov, boy, said I rock n****s
Three bricks for a verse, that’s a swap, n****
Shout my n**** Meek, he on lock, n****
Shout my n**** Max, he in a box, n****
Pull up La Marina in a yacht, n****
Then skate off like a pirate with ya thot, n****     [note – Thot: slang for ‘That Ho Out There’]
You heard she’s a freaky ho
Bitch ain’t loyal, she fucked Breezy, ho
Believe me, you can ask Weezy, ho
I heard she fucked Puff like a week ago
But I still want the pussy though
I’mma Shmurda dance on the pussy, ho
That bitch ass full of bulletholes
Still pay couple grands for that pussy, ho
I’mma Shmurda dance on the pussy, ho

Alexander McQueen, Balmain Jeans
Everything all black like the Beijing
Cop the Red Octobers since the Valentine
Have Cupid shoot that ass like 1000 times
In the cell got the wrong number
But she gone be in La Marina all summer
And she gone be up in my tub half naked
And I just sold the plug

I get it from me prima
Yall n****s might have seen her
The cokin cowboys, they goin’ La Marina
You fuck up her money, Oooh mama mia
Rather be burnt with gonorrhea
Than cursed with santeria
These my nina for that white girl like Chritsina’s nina
Oops I mean nino, all the white boys
You know gardio, or like Rozay say that cocaina
Whip it back in the cocina (now we)

  • young flood what we do

    Mixtape song on Instagram tagged #LaMarina

    What We Do – Young Flood

Yeah, we get money
We havin’ hella fun.
We up at La Marina,
Dancing in the sun.
[?] in my Mercedes,
With the junk up in the trunk.
She popped a little molly,
Now she goin’ to have my son.

I was slipping grams n**** all summer
Running through these birds like the Road Runner
Then I cried know when, she got crosses on but she drinking with some sinners.
All white cabanas. All white cabanas. On the shack’s knees with some hand from Montana

…La Marina (chorus)
…La Marina (chorus)

New York get the blood money
Real n****s smoking loud ass weed
Still counting my math, La Marina
Summertime I be in the spot
On the hood shit, smell me n****s, it’s all
DC got love for me
Young n****s sippin’ all that lean (try slowin’ them down)
Real live at the town, they be go-go’d out
I play the let out, smell me, n****, still flat out, uh
Chilly weather, Balmain with many zipper
I’m ballin’, see my closet a dollar of Penny’s in them
And ain’t talkin’ about no problems
Cause problems get finished quick with ‘em
N****s ch-ch-chopper brat-tat-tat any n****

We ain’t swinging no flag, n****
We ain’t need no pass, n****
Glock 40 with a 30 clip and laser on it, play tag with us
Everybody wanna talk bricks, ’till them feds
Swoop in and grab n****s
Dream chasers got into something
We don’t ever blink, cause we trash n****s
I don’t know if y’all heard about
What my homie do with that 30 out
Deen Buck still in the cut and state fittin’ to let Ernie out
I ain’t even gotta say nothin’
‘Bout that other homie, that you heard about
Cause, if he heard about, that you run your mouth
He come to your house and start swervin’ out
Catch me N-Y-C, out Shadyville, I’m in the tank
Only time its Manhattan, when I’m in the booth, or I’m in the bank
Summertime in La Marina, with Dominicans, going in the paint
Pullin’ up, screamin’ “Eh, Dimelo’!?”
Catch you in Brooklyn, get pita-rolled, pussy!

If you want the money and fame, then pay attention
He ain’t balling the same, you better bench him
All black in the chain, you better lynch him
Streets miss him like the Range with the 7 engine
Go crazy, I spit fire
Told baby, my man be fresh — we big timers
Yankee blue ‘vette with big tires
Can you make any move?
Yes, got big buyers
Drop Medina, got Molly in Aquafina
On my way uptown, pop in at La Marina
Walking through the crowd like I’m hot and don’t got a fever
Eighteen hundred in Rucker, we taking shots of tequila

They call me Joey PYREX, cause I whip it the good
N****s ain’t recognize yet, but they bitches do
Nah, I ain’t throwin’ up no sets, but my n****s do
Versace frames, Versace chains, that’s what Big would do
Aquafina, she got that Aquafina
So much ass up in this car, you would think it’s La Marina
And this chain weigh two kilos, bought that bitch in 88′
Tattoo Al Pacino, deep dish in that paper plate
(Don’t do it!) I’m a work of art but these gats deep
(Don’t do it!) I’m Leonardo, Great Gatsby
Swimming pools, day parties, white girls doin’ cocaine prolly
She gave strep, she’ll leave ok, that bitch sound like James Harden

Yeah, I’m young and Venezuelan and I’m coming for the greatest
I’m listening to Pun, now that’s my fucking inspiration
Living in the Heights and kicking it with my Dominicans
I’m in La Marina every weekend where the women is
Wifey ain’t a citizen but she got her papers
Wake up in the morning and she making me arepas
Viejos on the corner, arguing about the basics
All they wanna do is stay away from immigration, yeah
And we just wanna trade green cards for black cards
And get out of the hood into a crib that got a backyard
On my block, I’m like a fucking OG
Everyone that hold keys make a point to know me
Little mama 14 but got an ass and now they yelling boca
That just mean the cops passing, mami isn’t loca
She just got a lot of passion, table with the hookah
And that money get to flashing and now they call me
Flaco, flaco and in the Heights, they yelling tato, tato
That’s what they saying now
Uptown where my people getting down
Where they moving all the haze by the ounce me

Call her Senorita
Perico Princess, La Marina
I love this shit, no Alsina
I’m border hopping para cocaina, God damn
I can’t find a bitch I can’t stunt on
Want fifty at the door man
I can tell my n****s keep the gun on em
This shit is a warning, verbally assaulting so that they don’t want it

Started with a hooptie and I went and got a Beamer
Pull up in a boat, titanic La Marina
Shout out to young gunner, spend a hundred on my timer
Looking through the smoke and mirrors, smoking marijuana
Rarri and the Gatti and the Beamers and the Benzes
Homicide tryna knock my door off the hinges
Riding with some cubans that be fresh up out that border
Making back a whole thang, breaking down a quarter
Drophead, getting dome, riding through New Orleans
Hear them shots ringing then I hit that money caller
Counting up my blessings, counting money keep a dollar
Drophead white mink on when it’s cold out

I’m preparin’ for more, this house feels like a kitchen
You standin’ at the door like this house feels like a prison
Used to fuck you on the terrace and let you look at the town
Now I fuck you on the terrace, feels like you lookin’ around
Like the grass gets greener or maybe you miss smokin’
That green grass with Selena on the ave near the cleaners
Laughin’, reminiscin’ how y’all smash La Marina
With homie you used to smash with the stash in the Bimmer
Tryna change the scene as we chase this dream
Our relationship is in a league of its own
Cause I’m finally on my favorite team, let’s embrace this thing
I’m tryna iron this shit out but am I wasting steam?

You was in La Marina all summer (every Sunday)
You was up in toxic all summer (turn up)
Now it’s getting chilly, that’s the fall coming (whooo)
Now a nigga get a call from her
What’s up? How you been? How was summer? Hotter then
I’m like some bitch stringing me along like a violin (dumb bitch)
She was too busy hosting, on Instagram posting
Hashtag #nofilter AKA #hofilter
With the innocent face, but she so guilty (she did it)
Now I’m a take her in like a ho shelter (whaaat)
When there’s a few niggas that I know killed her (whaaat)
4 Celtics, Knicks guard, you know Felton
This nigga in Atlanta Airtran her, no Delta (haha)
Been naughty all year trying to end it nicely (niiice)
Summer hoes turning into winter wifeys

I wake up in that mornin’, gettin’ that café con leche
Doña, hold that azucar, my stomach been showin’ lately
Plus the crossover crazy, don’t get caught out here sleepin’
That’s why they call me Allen Irishman when I ball at Cabrini
I’m throwin’ swishes
This right here that new school vintage
I been spendin’ money tryin’ not to spend up all these minutes
And I ain’t been present, man, look at what my gift is
Some push the white cause they ain’t have the privilege
Let’s get it!
Ain’t no other city like the one I’m in
I got that Bustelo in my cup again
Jim Carey with this here, I’m goin’ dumb again
Me, myself and I, the only thing I’m up against
New York stayin’ lit, rent high, payin’ it
La Marina by the water, date night favorite
My bodega on the corner, I ain’t even sayin’ it
They already know my order, they just started makin’ it, woah!

Shaking that dice and I gamble
Start from the bottom and scramble
The coupe got no top like a sandal
Pass me the rock I got handle
Money never fold up
Pull up in that beemer
Nigga buy the whole lot
Now I’m drinking lean
Yeah we smoking weed and baby we don’t mean it
When we pull up in the boat, Titanic, La Marina, god damn
When I hit it from the back and do the toe wop
Cutting up the dope and keep the door locked
I be getting to this money baby, no lie
Ask me no questions, I won’t tell you no lie
Han, southside we in this
Smoking I be drinking brain gone no ceiling here
Pull up in that drop, no ceiling here
Ask my last bitch she’s a millionaire

I come to your city, I check in with all the gangs
You come to my city and think it’s all a game
I land in cali, I holla at Game
Land in Chiraq, nigga I’ll do the same
Might call the PD, Holla at the GDs
I do this a real life, you do this for TV
Trinidad James what’s wrong with you
I put an army, you put one hot song with you
If they catch you in the Bronx ya getting stomped
If the boy see you when Brooklyn get it tookin
And if the boys catch you in Staten they get it clappin
So you better keep that a mid town Manhattan
You don’t want us to mess up your rap dreams
If you come to my city you got a land in Queens
That means I’m well connected, don’t make me call ?
Find out where you at and fast money slower
I got the nine, the four- five all chrome everything
We’re looking to rob all gold everything
And these rappers they like to party
In my city catching coming out La Marina
And smack em with the nina
New York quiet, New York minding their business
Say something slip, you’re not supposed to get offended
Buy a vest when you land I recommend it
And that’s with no disrespect intended
Every bar said in this rap I meant it
You start it a real nigga end it

I’m in Mitchell projects shout out the locs, and we don’t do drive bys, my niggas get up close
No monkey shit that youngy click’ll smoke you with the hammer, catch a body be on the run and jet out to Atlanta
I’m telling y’all we never brawlin’, New York we don’t catch bodies we clap them and let them fall
Biggie laid his first song here, Rocafella, Ruff Ryders was born here
Shea Stadium, Brooklyn Nets, Madison Square, Rucker Park, Dyckman it all started here
Don’t go no where with out ya nina, we heading straight to Sin City after La Marina
Going thru a chick’s hood is problems, so don’t go unless you got the hammer and some condoms
Uhh you niggas know my tribe thorough, shouts to Westchester, shout out to the five boroughs
You don’t know what to do until you under pressure, cause growing up in New York is a hell of a tester

I made it, classic moves and classic shoes
With a Cuban linked on, that’s some classic jewels
My homie Yankee pulled the red Porsche on the boat up
And the girls want the call, yeah, we like, show, show
But we got all sorts, black, white, Asian and Spanish girls
At the La Marina look amazing, the navy gazing, we blazing
Playing, spazzing, and johnny pump open, hold it down, don’t spray her

  • Forever Wicked Freestyle – Forever – lyrics

Yeah, Yeah
Forever, Forever, La Marina
Wicked, Wicked I’m addicted all I do is cash out
Wicked, Wicked I’m addicted all I do is cash out
I’mma stack up till the summer then I’mma blow these racks out
Mack daddy Mike Jackson on the dance floor
Billy Jean I know these hoes ain’t really loyal
Wicked tune got speakers burning like it’s coil
I rap around heat the crowd up tenfoil

Ah, I walk outta my buildin’, I see addicts and skeez
Little girls that pop pollies, bags scatter the streets
Ah, they tellin’ ‘em that they can hit the trap and be queens
But really, if they in the trap, they just fiends so get the mop hoe
Them D’s walkin’ the beat like they Gestapo
El La Marina like we got boats to spot hoes
She got her body done just to serve you a bottle
But she run around on Instagram naked like she a model
Don’t make me laugh ‘bout longevity, I’mma make it last
Your wallet mimic abortion clinics; baby stacks
And uptown, it’s lookin’ like they brought the 80’s back
Except the dope in them baggies is gon’ replace the crack

Me and lavish go together
Like Martin and Gina
Justin Beiber and celina
Major crooks and subpoenas
My fans fill arenas
White Blacks and Latinas
Even philopeanos
Down to Argentina
Sliding ballerinas
White yachts
To La Marina
Shouts to Pedro
Dyckman Yo I see ya

Faces be looking familiar, sometimes it’s hard to know
I’ve been in a whole lot of places, I’ve met a lot of folks
Ain’t had a window to open, needed a pot to throw
In my hood the story of Mouse is one you gotta know
Could ask ma to push the i8 Beamer
Can’t remember where I seen her, I think it was La Marina
Singing all the words to Trina
Whole demeanor said freak like old pictures of Adina
But now all these broads shaped the same and waist trained

It all started with this bitch named Tina
Met her at La Marina
Didn’t judge a book by the cover but it was easy to read her
See I’m too hood, she too diva, only give it when you eat her
Out to eat when you treat her
Bitch I ain’t FEMA
The word on the street, she got that Aquifina
But the pussy wetter than Katrina, she’s a keeper
But I don’t need her

La Marina’s fame is such that it’s reputation is now international.  Here is a German rap, with translation:

      • Cookin Up – Money Boy – lyrics

Großes Haus, rote Couch, Lederjacken, Segeljachten
Pull up bei la Marina, ordert den Champaign in Flaschen
Ich bin fresh in Puma Trainingssachen
Tu’ kurz mit den Ladys quatschen
Wollt ihr meinen Penis touchen?
Ich rock ein Shirt in weiß
Flirte nice die Girls sind heiß
Und sie sucken Dick für gratis Money Boy Merchandise
Homie I made it I know that you hate it
But now that I’m famous you call me for favours
But all I can say is “I don’t fuck with you little Bitch Hittas!”


Large house , red couch , leather jackets , sailing yachts
Pull up at La Marina , orders the Champagne bottles
I am fresh in Puma training gear
A short chat with the ladies
Will you Touch my dick?
I rock a white shirt
Flirt nice the girls are hot
And they suck dick for free Money Boy Merchandise
Homie I made it I know that you hate it
But now I ‘m famous did you call me for favors
But all I can say is “I do not fuck with you little Bitch Haters!”

These uses of the name may not have been formally approved by Parks, but that is no excuse for allowing a concession to operate in a manner that has now made it a major and consistent reference point for explicit songs about a lifestyle very different than what was originally envisioned in the RFP.

Restore the concession to its original intended uses so that the name La Marina appears solely in menus, food blogs and public event listings, instead of in more lyrics like these.