If you want something not to happen, try doing it in Greenpoint. Months after a proposal to build a homeless shelter—rejected by NIMBY residents who said the neighborhood already bears a disproportionate number of unwanted city services—fell apart, the folks at Greenpointers report that the community has also rejected plans for a summer bazaar.
The brainchild of Aaron Brodou, Brooklyn Night Bazaar was envisioned as a flea market slash concert series, where visitors would find vintage duds, local foodstuffs and neighborhood rock bands in a vacant lot on West Street on weekend nights. Brodou raised $8,000 on Kickstarter, and had begun reaching out to concert promoters, the New York Post reports. But the local naysaying kiboshers weren’t interested. “The idea [did] not have any real local support,” Councilman Steve Levin told the paper, “and would have a serious impact on the surrounding neighborhood.”
The Post reports that the vacant lot was in the middle of a light manufacturing area, but also near “some of the neighborhood’s most stately residential streets…Greenpoint’s only historic district.” At a recent meeting, one person who lives near the lot testified, “I work weekends and it would have affected my sleep.” Yeah, just because you live in New York City doesn’t mean you should get to make noise in an industrial area on a Saturday night. Somebody might be sleeping.
Park Slope residents are also in the midst of a struggle to stop a new bar from operating late on the weekends. Brooklyn used to be the place cool young people went to live, but that was so ten years ago—all those people got old, and now they just want you to be quiet and leave their kids alone.