Monday, August 23, 2010

Senator Chuck Schumer Saves August 29 Pool Party, According to Chuck Schumer

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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Word came yesterday via the offices of Senator Chuck Schumer and the Open Space Alliance that Jelly's final Pool Party of the season will indeed go on as scheduled this upcoming Sunday, nevermind the whole JellyNYC vs. OSA smackdown last week. We apparently have Schumer to thank, who, with the help of NY State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, encouraged both parties to negotiate a deal for Jelly's outstanding financial obligations. Schumer was, as he likes to remind us in the press release, a large part of why the concert series was renewed this year at the Williamsburg Waterfront in the first place. In OSA's official statement, Chairman Steve Hindy said, "We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations" — oh, snap — also crediting financial donations from Williamsburg business owners Norman and Elaine Brodsky and Douglaston Development, the company behind The Edge, the new waterfront condos adjacent to East River Park.

According to Chuck:

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 it is cultural magnets like this that 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 JELLY NYC for ensuring this summer's concert series ends on a high note.


Now we wait to see what sort of "planned special guests and unannounced surprises" Jelly has up its sleeve to make for "a day no one would soon forget" to join already announced acts Delorean and Dominque Young Unique on August 29. Who you got, Jelly?!

Here's the full press release:

FROM SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER

August 22, 2010
SCHUMER: POOL PARTY CONCERT ON AUGUST 29TH WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED; SENATOR HELPS BROKER DEAL BETWEEN JELLY NYC AND THE OPEN SPACE ALLIANCE TO SAVE SHOW FROM CANCELLATION
Senator Brought Two Sides Together To Resolve Dispute That Threatened Eighth and Final JELLY Concert of 2010 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Schumer Praises OSA Chairman Steve Hindy and JELLY NYC for Coming Back To Negotiating Table
Schumer Had Intervened Last Winter To Bring Back Popular Concerts for 2010; Steps Up Again To Make Sure This Summer's Concert Series Ends On High Note

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that an agreement has been reached between the Open Space Alliance and concert promoter JELLY NYC to ensure that the previously cancelled August 29 concert in East River State Park will go on as scheduled.

Earlier this week, a dispute between JELLY NYC and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn led to the cancellation of the eighth and final show of this summer's concert series. That would have brought an abrupt end to the JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series that was started in 2006. But beginning this past Tuesday, Schumer-who stepped in last winter to get the concert series renewed for this summer-intervened again to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table. After three days of discussions, JELLY NYC today made the necessary payments to OSA, allowing the August 29th show to be restored.

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 it is cultural magnets like this that 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 JELLY NYC for ensuring this summer's concert series ends on a high note."

The pool parties have become the biggest summer concert series to hit New York City in decades. They were originally held at the McCarren Park Pool but were moved last year to the East River State Park due to construction. Within just a few years, the concert series experienced a huge jump in popularity, with audience traveling from across the country, and even the world, to attend the concerts.

The concerts almost did not return for 2010 at all. But last winter, Schumer intervened to lead the fight to save the JELLY Pool Parties. He met with the Open Space Alliance, and local elected officials to work on a deal to ensure the Pool Parties returned to the East River State Park.

The seventh Pool Party of 2010 is scheduled for today. It would have been the final concert if the August 29th event had remained cancelled.

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FROM OSA

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 two 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."

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