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Park trashers speak! ‘We were going to clean, honest!’

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After more than three days of silence, the company that hosted the illegal party that trashed Prospect Park on Sunday has finally released a statement — and the company claims that it was all set to clean up the mess it made, but the Parks Department got there first.

In a stunning statement released late Thursday afternoon, MIH Ventures, the Bergen Street-based event promotion company whose unpermitted “Heatwave” barbecue drew thousands of garbage-leaving guests, said that the party simply got out of hand.

“Attendance at the event was much greater than anticipated, overwhelming our clean-up efforts,” read the statement, which was e-mailed to The Brooklyn Paper, which had been trying to reach company officials since Monday morning. “Our efforts to restore the park to its original condition extended late into the evening, but after exhausting our supplies, we decided to continue the clean-up the next day.

“When we returned with the necessary supplies and man power, the park had been cleaned,” the statement claimed.

There was no way to immediately verify the statement’s validity on late Thursday.

Earlier in the week, after The Brooklyn Paper broke the story about the mounds and mounds of garbage that filled the park’s Long Meadow, the Parks Department said it would seek damages from MIH Ventures for the unpermitted event.

The statement seemed to be an attempt to deflect that effort.

“We deeply regret that volunteers and park staff ultimately shouldered the responsibility of cleaning up after our event,” it said. “MIH Ventures sincerely apologizes to the community for the condition of the Park on Monday morning. We are currently working

with Prospect Park to ensure that the park remains a clean and enjoyable place for all, as we too are members of the Brooklyn community who use and appreciate Prospect Park.

“To show our support for Prospect Park and our respect for the community, MIH Ventures, in conjunction with Prospect Park, is organizing a volunteer clean-up effort to take place early this fall.”

A spokesman for the Prospect Park Alliance confirmed that MIH Ventures spoke with Prospect Park Administrator Tupper Thomas did speak with the company.

“MIH will be doing a major volunteer clean-up in the fall,” said the spokesman, Eugene Patron. “Tupper was very happy to actually speak to the organizers and work this out.”

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018: Story was updated to reflect Tupper Thomas's correct title.
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Reasonable discourse

Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Bull. Bull, and more Bull.
Fine the bastards.
Where's the so-called permits? Proof?
How can a private firm run roughshod over park rules, the Prospect Park Alliance and the city?. They tried to get away with it and basically did.
Why couldn't the chicken-bleep "professional" come out with this on Monday or Tuesday when this all came out?
I smell a rat.
July 23, 2009, 11:05 pm
Philipe from Bensonhurst says:
Get over it. Find something better to do with your time. Maybe the conversation was had over those days. Who cares anymore there are people dying in parks and your crying over some trash. Spend some energy on the troops over in middle east dying everyday because of some bs made up war or the gas prices that we are still paying ridiculous money on. Clowns!!! And this editor Gersh is weak too!!! Whats next squirrel excrement in the park? Hey why don't u write about the dog walkers excrement and urinating all over the park - it stinks!! Why don't they let them animals do that in their house? My kids play in the park - don't want them dropping their toys where dogs let loose their waste.
July 24, 2009, 5:14 am
Kimberly from Park Slope says:
This company's statement is simply untrue.

There was no real effort to clean up immediately after the party--there were less than a dozen bags of trash at the site Monday morning, but hundreds of pounds of open trash. That was not a real clean up effort.

The clean up work by Parks Department employees and volunteers started at about 9 a.m. and lasted well past 1 p.m. During that entire time, no one from MIH showed up to identify themselves and help. I know this because I was one of those volunteers. We never saw or heard from anyone representing MIH.
July 24, 2009, 6:39 am
Chicken Underwear from Park Slope says:
This is a great deal for MIH. More publicity.
July 24, 2009, 6:54 am
Tiffany from Cobble HIll says:
I AGREE. GET OVER IT. Brooklyn has a lot BIGGER problems. If the park got clean, they worked it out with the Parks Department, will organize a clean up day and there was no lasting damage... the reason to keep discussing it a week later is?????

Lets pick another topic...
1. Increasing homelessness in Brooklyn
2. Brooklyn children asthma rate on the rise
3. NYCHA and the Federal government deal
4. Brooklyn residents highest unemployment rate in the city.
July 24, 2009, 10:12 am
Emily from Park Slope says:
I thought newspaper's checked their facts. Gersh, I am disappointed. I called the Parks Department yesterday about this issue and they said they contacted MIHVENTURE or whatever their company is called. I asked how and they said from the information left on their PERMIT! They had a permit, but not for this size of event. I was mad about the condition of the park also, but I do not think we should spread lies.
July 24, 2009, 10:17 am
bernie from prospect heights says:
Tiffany --

What this is really about is people thinking they are above the rules and treating their neighbors with no respect, which only causes more conflict in the long run.

It's hard to see why cooperation and respect for one's neighbors is not a valid topic of conversation, I don't know what is.
July 24, 2009, 10:32 am
Victoria from Prospect Heights says:
@Bernie

You sound like a loser. You probably never had so much as a birthday party in your life with more than 10 people. So you can not imagine what being overwhelmed by guest can be like. Get a life loser!!
July 24, 2009, 12:33 pm
Jessica from Prospect says:
@Kimberly

You have to be kidding me. There was more than a 2 dozen bags full of garbage during the event, so unless someone ate those bags - you have no clue what your talking about. Get a life loser. And by the way this is great publicity - you think its bad. Clowns!!! Special shot out to Gersh for making MIH even bigger - write an article a day for the next year. I am sure they love it!!! I know I would.
July 24, 2009, 12:38 pm
CJ from Bay Ridge says:
It's pretty easy to pick the MIH shills out among these comments. They are the ones making ad hominem attacks instead of talking about the merits of the situation.

A word of advice: this is not a good way to win people over to your side of the argument. You don't just alienate the person you are attacking, you alienate casual observers and ruin any chance you have of influencing their opinion. Good job!
July 24, 2009, 2:50 pm
Ryan from Fort Greene says:
I know, I know, I should only comment about real issues like unfounded Iraq wars, asthma, and the expanding rate of unemployment in BK, but I think what this MIH event brings to light is the lack or respect shown for all parks in the city. The MIH event is not unique -- this —— happens in BK parks every weekend. Come by Fort Greene park tomorrow at 9am, you will see trash comparable to that seen at the MIH event (this happens every ——ing week btw). Did people see the photos from the MIH event? People abandoned their ——ing weber grills -- that isn't trash left behind, it's treating P-Park like a junkyard. It boggles my mind that people can remember cheetos, burgers, buns, napkins, purple drink, potato salad, etc. and not bring a goddamn trash bag.
July 25, 2009, 9:51 pm
Stephen from Prospect Heights says:
The trash is still there! CLEAN IT UP !!!
July 26, 2009, 3:35 pm
Milli from Prospect Park says:
The truth be told, these so called "parties" are nothing but excuses to drink, to sell drugs and to engage into all kind of questionable activities. The trash that was left is a good way of confirming it: Drug bags galore, liquor containers, etc.

Why the police does not keep a closer eye into these so called "parties" is beyond me.
July 26, 2009, 5:47 pm
bernie from prospect heights says:
"Tiffany",

Right -- lack of respect for your neighbors; you have it down.
July 31, 2009, 11:10 am
bernie from prospect heights says:
"Victoria",

Right -- lack of respect for your neighbors; you've further illustrated my point.
July 31, 2009, 11:12 am

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