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Parks gets Litty

“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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Liar Liar Parks on Fire

“Concerts are strictly prohibited at the Licensed Premises.

 License Agreement, June 25 2009

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

“With this concert, we’re giving audiences an opportunity to reminisce in the nostalgia of the music, while giving Pedro’s fans something fun to watch.”

Jackie Gagne, HBO marketing vice-president speaking about an event at La Marina Aug 9 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?

Since La Marina’s opening in 2012, residents have been working year-round to try and get the Parks Department and elected officials to enforce the license agreement as written, as well as eliminate the serious impacts this nightclub has created for the surrounding community. These efforts usually start in reasonable questions being asked of Parks, and often end in ridiculous lies and misdirection 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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Not a concert, that’s just the cable guy fixing the wifi router.   (5/27/17)

Let’s start with the unilateral verbal extension of hours to 1 am, which you recall was extended from 11 pm.  The extension of hours is perhaps permissible,  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 – and are often advertised as such by sloppy promoters.  (The veteran ones, like #BrunchBounce, know to keep to the 10 pm lie.).  Even La Marina’s own website shows this when they describe a July 4th 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).  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 David Cerron, Chief of Revenue, Concessions, and Controls Oversight for Parks):

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 standing around a space filled with concert speakers. (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 or bar.  Of course it is.  The issue is the 1,500 person CONCERTS that occur in the “La Marina Beach” area and include a huge stage, ticketed entry, specific showtimes and featured performers.

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Not a concert, just a nighttime TED talk.  (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”?  That’s odd, since 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.

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Not a concert, they are cheering at random and not at all at whatever is happening on that stage. (5/27/17)

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 in the agreement many times.   Maybe they mean a Martian Day, or a Klingon Day?  Or a language in southern Chad? Come on Parks, no judge is going to buy this.  You had an entire run of events last year that was called a SUMMER CONCERT SERIES for crying out loud.  You had HBO rent the place out for a CONCERT SPECIAL.  If a guy prances around on a stage performing sets, maybe accompanied by musical instruments, all while thousands of paying customers watch or dance, newsflash: it’s a concert.  Borough President Gale Brewer was emphatic about this point in a 2015 letter her office sent to Parks, but even that was ignored.

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Not a concert — those are just funny-looking hookah pipes.

Deep down, Parks knows they can’t squirm their way out.  They know they are in trouble here.  Go back to the language of the RFP from 2007:

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This is not a concert, just an event that includes music.  A lot of music.  Actually pretty much only music. (7/1/17)

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 will have 17 musical acts on 3 stages.  But it’s not a concert! (8/19/17)

So the intent was pretty clear then.  No concerts.  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?

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Not a concert, just a smooth jazz trio performing ambient music and not in any way a HBO Concert Special (Aug 9, 2017)

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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Not a cartoon of a nearly naked woman.  Also, not a concert.  Also, a birthday party.  (8/6/17).

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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See, it’s not Bikini Palooza anymore.  Now a family-friendly non-concert affair suitable for public parkland.  (7/2/17)

And yet a month later, Parks pretended to be shocked!, shocked! yet 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 a public facility 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.  Or this one from circulating on event ticket sites.  (One wonders if any other municipal facility in history has ever developed quite the street rep as the Dyckman Marina…)

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Officer in background: 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.  Because that’s totally normal to happen every weekend on NYC streets in violation of DOT regulations.

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.  Nice.

End the lies.  Restore Dyckman Marina.

Not a concert, despite the same exact event being a Summerstage concert in Brooklyn.

Not a concert, it’s a fest.  Also not more than 1,500 people. (Aug 6, 2017)

#LaMarina #SolidCircle … DOLCE THIS FRIDAY AUG 11TH@

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Not a concert, it’s…. oh, screw it.  This is a concert. (Aug 6, 2017)

Yeah, and so is this. (Aug 9, 2017)


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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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.

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NYC Parks concession as album cover?  But of course.

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)

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    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
Hierarchy
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 with the freak hoes
Here to suck and tear their knees up like D. Rose
People on me, We the rap gang gang homie, Nation be the main gang homie
If Fame ain’t on it, I don’t even put the cloth on me
I don’t stuff just any pockets (un)less Riotte
Or Polo
Woo
She just trying to fuck that’s the goal though
Her friend creep in she like that’s slow-mo
But keep it on the low-low

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!”

[TRANSLATION]

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.


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Unilateral Changes

 “La Marina is supposed to be open only seasonally, but the parks department has amended its license, allowing it to operate year-round.”

 New York Times, 6/18/13, discussing one of the many unilateral changes made by the Parks Dept. to the concession’s operations.

 

Price list from the Bottle Service area. Patrons can only sit in this area if they order bottles of liquor and champagne costing hundreds of dollars. This kind of fee was not provided for in the RFP or License Agreement but Parks has allowed it for three years nonetheless.

Since opening, Parks has made many changes to the concessions operations without any public review or notice whatsoever.  The concession was described for years as a Restaurant, Cafe and Marina over and over again in the media, to community boardsin testimony to review boards, in its own contractual documents – and then upon opening, a completely different operation emerged with no notification to anyone.

Among the changes that Parks either allowed or made unilaterally and without notice to turn a lovely and accessible waterfront restaurant and docks into a massive nightclub and concert venue worthy of Jones Beach:

Was it legal for Parks to permit the above?  Was it appropriate?  Was it equitable?

Is there nothing that Parks will enforce?  No action they will not allow?

Restoring the original approved uses is the only reasonable course at this point, but that is the one thing that Parks seems to have a problem with.   This should not be the case.

DJ’s playing at 11:38 pm on Sunday, August 10, 2014, long after amplified music should have been stopped or the concession should have even been open, during a ticketed concert,  with over 2000 people in attendance, served by standing bars.


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Inappropriate Content

“We have made it clear that certain promotions and images used this past year related to La Marina were not acceptable, and the operators agreed.”

– Melissa Goldberg, Parks Department Director of Concessions Compliance, September 12, 2013

2012 promotional poster. Does this look like a restaurant and cafe?

One of the problems with operating as a nightclub instead of as a full-service restaurant (as was originally intended in the license agreement) is the hedonistic marketing that comes with nightlife promotions. The license agreement does include language such as:

“Any type of advertising … which is otherwise unlawful or obscene as determined by Parks , including but not limited to advertising that constitutes the public display of offensive sexual material in violation of Penal Law Section 245.11, shall also be prohibited.” 

However, the concession has consistently hosted events of questionable sexual content.  At least five times in 2013 there were “cash prize for best bikini” contests.   Several other events have promoted themselves with very graphic images.  The site has also allowed the filming of explicit, violent and misogynist music videos.   None of this is especially new ground for a typical nightlife establishment, but this is a Parks Concession that was approved as a restaurant and a cafe, not a nightclub.  Is this appropriate use of city parkland?

When contacted about these problems in 2013, the Parks Department responded through Melissa Goldberg, the Director of Concessions Compliance.  In a September 12, 2013 email to an Inwood resident she stated:

“In addition, we clarified what we feel is appropriate advertising for a business on public property, including any presence on social media sites. We have made it clear that certain promotions and images used this past year related to La Marina were not acceptable, and the operators agreed.  Improved control by the operators over printed and online promotional communications should help recalibrate the facility’s messaging.”

This is a Parks concession?

This is a Parks concession?

The nightlife uses also attract other problematic marketing to the adjacent residential area, drawn by the (improper) amount of foot traffic going to and from the nightclub and concerts.  One particular Bronx strip club has been illegally projecting its ads on residential buildings, churches and other structures along Dyckman Street on busy nights at the concession for two years.

Needless to say such issues would not be present if the concession was restored to a normal full-service restaurant use as originally intended.

 


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Explicit Music Videos

 “You was in La Marina all summer”

 French Montana, ‘Cuffin Season’

Screenshot from R+B Bitches (MTV)

Why is Parks allowing explicit music videos to be filmed at a Parks site or use its logo? (MTV, “R&B Bitches, Screenshot @1:17)  Click on image to enlarge

Public Parkland is being used to promote violent and misogynist behavior.

A number of highly offensive, racially derogatory and misogynistic music videos have been filmed at the parkland concession site located in upper Manhattan.

Since 2012, La Marina has played a starring role in at least four major commercial music videos that make explicit references and depict numerous images degrading woman, promoting guns, violence, drug and alcohol use.

The videos raise serious questions regarding revenue tracking, prior approvals, alcohol promotions, gun violence and clauses in the license agreement limiting the use of offensive material.  These videos also raise serious policy questions regarding the appropriateness of allowing city parkland to be used for such purposes, and promoting the image and likeness associated with a park concession (a concession which, according to the RFP, the accepted bid, and the final contract was supposed to be simply a restaurant and a cafe).

Public parkland should not be used to promote violent and misogynist behavior.

Concession logo is prominent at 1:57 and 3:00 mark. When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz. (YouTube) Click to enlarge

1) When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz – lyrics

A particularly offensive video filmed prominently in the beach area. Chorus “Kill these N****s when I feel like it.”   Murder and explicit language and threats against women.  Lyrics include explicit language, F**k, N*****r, B***h,  used liberally.   Sexually suggestive content including woman servicing a man.  Several references to guns.  Concession is mentioned by name in the video:  “I don’t know what you got going on over there man but I think you need to get up to the Marina right now.”  The concession logo is used several times.
Lyrics include, “Grandma bought me a hand bible, I bought me a hand rifle.” “Now I got ‘caine, like a walking stick, shoot you for a argument” The video contains dozens of images of alcohol use.
"Kill these hoes when I feel like it."  - 2:13.  When I Feel Like It - Fabolous/2 Chainz  (YouTube)  Click to enlarge

“Kill these hoes when I feel like it.” – 2:13. When I Feel Like It – Fabolous/2 Chainz (YouTube) Click to enlarge

Screenshot from When I Feel Like It (YouTube)

Life Imitating “Art”? Several videos shot at La Marina promoting “gangsta” lifestyle make explicit reference to guns, including “When I Feel Like It” – Fabolous/2 Chainz. Lyrics include “shoot you for an argument”.  A shooting resulting from an argument later occurred at the concession on July 13, 2014.  (YouTube)  Click to enlarge

 

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1:57 The concession logo is used several times. -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

2) R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous – lyrics

Filmed at the Marina dock, the video contains explicit language, sexually suggestive content and several references promoting guns are featured throughout this particularly offensive video.

Lyrics include, “Fell in love with my AK.”  F**kin’  bitches is used numerous times. Concession logo used several times.  Alcohol is featured prominently.

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“Fell in Love with my AK” – 1:55 (reference to AK 47 assault rifle) -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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Cake Vineyards brand of while wine is prominently featured. -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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A lingerie clad woman filmed at the Marina dock site. Sexually suggestive content is found throughout the video. – R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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“Shooting myself… – 3:09 -R&B Bitches – French Montana/Fabolous (YouTube) Click to enlarge

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Cuffin’ Season screenshot. The La Marina logo is featured prominently several times at the beginning of the video which leads into the first lyrics of the recording,”These hoes keep calling, I ain’t picking up.” (YouTube). Click on image to enlarge

3) Cuffin’ Season – Fabolous – lyrics

Uses multiple shots of site including an aerial fly over of the beach/concert area in the introduction. The video contains explicit derogatory and misogynist language.  N…r, Bitch, f..k are amply used throughout the video.  “These hoes keep calling, I ain’t picking up” is the chorus. Alcohol brands and sexual imagery are used liberally. There are several gun references.

Lyric “You was in La Marina all summer” became a Twitter catchphrase.  The offensive video continue with a take off on the syndicated show Cheaters.  Concession logo is used several times prominently at the beginning of the video.

"He paid for the shots" at 2:11 mark of Cuffin' Season (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

“He paid for the shots” at 2:11 mark of Cuffin’ Season (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

Screenshot from Give it All to Me (YouTube)

Screenshot from Give it All to Me.  The concession logo appears at the 25 second mark. (YouTube)

4) Give It All to Me – Mavado/Nicki Minaj – lyrics

Filmed almost entirely on location in the concession beach concert area and Marina docks.  Concession logo is used.  Explicit language including derogatory word for women, lyrics promoting promiscuous behavior The video also contains dozens of images of alcohol use.

"Tell them with a shot…"    At 1:13 into the video several participants mimic shooting guns accompanied by distinct shot- gun sound effect.  (YouTube)  Click on image to enlarge

“Tell them with a shot…” At 1:13 into the video several participants mimic shooting guns accompanied by distinct shot- gun sound effect. (YouTube) Click on image to enlarge

Did Parks approve these video shoots?  Why?  If Parks did not approve, how could this activity have taken place under their noses, repeatedly, without any sort of discipline or controls?

Restoring the original intended and approved uses of a restaurant and cafe will remove much of the desire by nightlife entertainers to film at the site and perpetuate negative behavior on public parkland.