Yes, the final Pool Party of a remarkably tumultuous year has been saved, set for this Sunday, August 29, rescued after an ugly few days of Jelly and the Open Space Alliance trading crabby press releases. The dialogue is still crabby (“We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations,” lalz), but apparently a couple nearby businesses kicked in, and State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (aside the tireless Chuck Schumer) mediated a compromise. Confirmed to play so far: DeLorean and Dominique Young Unique. Uh… bring on those SECRET SPECIAL GUESTS! Full release below:
8/29 Williamsburg Waterfront Concert Re-Instated
OSA announces that the 8/29 free Pool Parties concert at the East River State Park will play on. NY State Assembly member Joseph Lentol and Senator Schumer’s office helped all the parties involved come to agreement. Owners of businesses adjacent to the park, Norman and Elaine Brodsky, as well as Douglaston Development, which is building The Edge waterfront condos, all donated funds to OSA, to support free programming at the Williamsburg waterfront park. JellyNYC will present surprise special guests headliner, DeLorean, and Dominque Young Unique.
“Any project of this size is going to have its difficulties, but in the end, everyone had the same goals: support our parks and free programming in our parks.” said State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. “Free concerts are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I am pleased to have been part of bringing them to the State Park years ago, and will work to insure that they have a home in North Brooklyn.”
Senator Schumer said, “It feels like summer in Brooklyn just got extended by an extra week. We’ve been working nonstop to try to restore the August 29th show because we didn’t want to see a good thing like the Jelly Pool Parties end prematurely. I am glad both sides finally came together because these concerts mean so much to the neighborhood of Williamsburg and the people of Brooklyn. The ultimate beneficiary from these shows is the New York City economy because cultural magnets like this make young people from around the country want to live here. I’d like to thank OSA, NYS Parks, Assemblyman Lentol, the area developers and JellyNYC for ensuring this summer’s concert series ends on a high note.”?
“Now that Jelly and OSA have resolved their differences, we hope the public enjoys Jelly’s final free concert at East River State Park this season,” said Rachel Gordon, Regional Director for NYS Parks.
“We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations.’ said Steve Hindy, Chairman of OSA’s Board.
Norman and Elaine Brodsky, residents of the neighborhood for almost 2 decades, owning an adjacent business, stepped forward to help financially. “Hopefully, other people in our community will follow our lead in donating to OSA to help keep the arts in our community, and build parks where we can showcase our local culture,”
“We were disappointed to learn of the financial challenges with the free concert series, which provides a major benefit to the local community,” said Jeffrey Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development, which is developing The Edge, new waterfront condos next to the East River State Park. “it’s our privilege to help OSA and NY State Parks to continue to host amazing concerts.”
OSA Board member Adam Perlmutter said “OSA looks forward to presenting diverse free programming in the future, from Chromeo to Copland. We thank Assembly member Joe Lentol, NY State?Parks, the Brodskys, the Edge, and of course, Senator Schumer for help in bringing this welcome conclusion.”
The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) www.OSAnb.org is a nonprofit that works with our community and elected officials to improve and create parks in North Brooklyn.
About The Edge
The Edge is located at Kent Ave, between North 5th and 7th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s being developed by Douglaston Development, which is revitalizing a 7.5-acre site into an exciting new residential development. The affordable housing rental component is fully occupied. Now available for occupancy, the first phase of development includes 565 luxury residences in two condo towers, more than 60,000 square feet of retail space, and an unprecedented 40,000 square foot amenity package.