Community Board 13, half of whose members are appointed by Markowitz, has refused to take a position, even as hundreds of neighbors of Asser Levy Park have protested repeatedly.
The main issues are clear: Markowitz’s glitzy amphitheater would absorb nearly all of the grass recreation area inside the park, replacing it with a concrete seating area and a raised lawn that is off limits to soccer or football players.
In addition, neighbors worry that amplified music will create a disturbance — especially on weekends when two area synagogues are filled.
Make no mistake, if city planners were forced to listen to every little complaint, nothing would ever get built in this polyglot town.
But we believe that the opponents have good reason for objecting to Markowitz’s legacy project.
Face it: There is no question that Markowitz is dumping this amphitheater in Asser Levy Park without a full vetting. The project is not undergoing the city’s normal public review process, and the Parks Department will select an operator without public discussion.