Asser Levy Concerts Moved
The Seaside Summer Concert Series normally held at Brooklyn, N.Y.,’s Asser Levy Park will take place at a different location at least for this summer.
The free concert series reportedly kicks off July 14 with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at an empty lot near Coney Island about 16 blocks away.
However, a rep for property owner Taconic Investment Partners told Crain’s New York the company can’t guarantee that space will be available for future seasons.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the flak he’s gotten about the concerts and amphitheatre proposal has been disheartening.
“Unfortunately, we’re up against selfish, spiteful people,” Markowitz told Crain’s. “It would be a shame if an opportunity like this is lost.”
The concert series had been held at the park near Coney Island for about 20 years until officials with two synagogues across the street became vocal opponents last year of the concerts and a proposal to build a $64 million amphitheatre there. The officials claimed the noise from the concerts disrupted their services.
Synagogue officials then filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Superior Court based on a city law prohibiting the use of amplification within 500 feet of a house of worship during services.
Markowitz compromised and found a new location for the event but reportedly hasn’t given up on seeing the amphitheatre project he pitched six years ago become a reality.
The concert schedule also includes The Monkees July 21, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Spinners July 28 and Cheap Trick Aug. 16.