The city has agreed to move Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Summer Concert Series from Asser Levy/Seaside Park this summer. The new location is expected to be announced this week. City sources tell us the parking lot of the New York Aquarium is not one of the two locations being considered. The next scheduled court conference regarding the lawsuit is on April 7, 2011. - Geoffrey Croft
NY1 has learned exclusively that Brooklyn's Seaside summer concert series, traditionally held in Coney Island's Asser Levy Park may be moving to a new location.
A brainchild of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the concerts have been attacked by some residents for being too noisy….and too close to several synagogues in the area.
Sources say other possible locations for the concerts include the parking lot of the New York Aquarium. The concerts have been held in Asser Levy park since 1991.
A lawsuit was filed on June 17, in Brooklyn Supreme Court on behalf of two synagogues seeking to prevent the City of New York and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz from violating a long-time law forbidding amplified concerts within 500 feet of a house of worship, schools, hospitals, and courthouses. On June 29th, 2010, the City Council passed a bill which excluded Asser Levy/Seaside Park from the law. The bill to change the existing law was hastily introduced by Queens Council Member Peter Vallone at the request of Mayor Bloomberg The amendment was a clear end-run around the existing law. Since 1991 Mr. Markowitz has sponsored an annual concert series in Asser Levy/Seaside Park, in Brighton Beach Brooklyn.
In violation of the law, these concerts have coincided with the hours of worship of Plaintiff Congregation Sea Breeze Jewish Center and with the hours of worship of Plaintiff Congregation Temple Beth Abraham. The two synagogues are approx. 300 feet away.
A Walk In The Park - August 26, 2010