Sections

Heavy metal machers eye Marty’s amphitheater for Iron Maiden and Metallica

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Come on, feel the noise, Coney!

The concert promotion firm that backs heavy metal super-groups Iron Maiden and Metallica now wants to produce shows at Borough President Markowitz’s proposed $64-million amphitheater in Asser Levy Seaside Park.

Metropolitan Talent — one of the premiere entertainment conglomerates in the country — confirmed this week that it is one of the bidders to operate the mega-theater on Surf Avenue between Ocean Parkway and West Fifth Street.

And this company wants a real presence in Coney Island, a senior producer said, mentioning that the hard rock promoters want to bring in at least 20 “big name shows” every year.

“We’re always looking for new and interesting venues in desirable locations and this seems to fit the bill,” said the executive, Ian Noble.

The rock insider also had choice words for residents who object to the new amphitheater on the grounds that it is too big and too disruptive: You’re not in Kansas anymore.

“I was a little shocked by people opposing it,” he said. “A venue [like this] should be welcomed with open arms — it’s Coney Island, not exactly Iowa farmland.”

Two other high-profile promoters who toured the venue on the same day as Metropolitan Talent — the prominent companies Live Nation and Marquee Concerts — may also have bid for the site, though neither returned our calls.

For now, Parks Department officials are remaining mum, too.

Amphitheater opponents insist that Asser Levy Seaside Park is really part of West Brighton Beach and should not be lumped in with Coney Island’s amusement district. For them, efforts to transform the local green space is all about money.

“It’s been clear since day one that [city officials] want to convert the majority of this park into a massive commercial enterprise,” said Geoffrey Croft, president of New York City Park Advocates.

Nobel admitted that he was not aware that city rules restrict amplified performances near synagogues — and there are two within earshot.

“I don’t want to come in there as this capitalist bad guy,” he said. “I would let the democratic process take place. A concession would only go ahead if it honored all the inherited bylaws of the city.”

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Perry from Coney Island says:
Amazing. Destroy a beautiful GREEN park for this. Why does Mary Markowitz insist on building on this spot so enjoyedby the families of the area when ABE STARK arena next top Keyspan would be a perfect place. Guess someone is in Martys pockets.grace!!!!!! Destroy a PUBLIC park for a CONCERT THEATRE...DISGUSTING!!!!!
May 14, 2010, 4:26 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
I wonder where Mr. Noble lives ? After the concerts & the mayhem that results from these concerts he goes home to his peaceful neighborhood & just checks his blance in his checking & savings accounts.
It's the residents of Brighton Beach that are going to have their quality of lives ruined in their residential neighborhood.
I can assure Mr. Noble that he's NOT WELCOMED in Seaside Park. The worshippers at the 2 Jewish Centers won't stand for it, the other people living in Brightwater Houses , Seabreeze Plaza etc. etc. etc. WON'T STAND FOR IT !
WE DON'T NEED 8000 CONCERT GOERS TO INVADE OUR PARK !
May 14, 2010, 8:55 am
Jon from South Brooklyn says:
Rock on, Mister M!! Send the oldsters packing for Boca. The new Coney Island is going to be awesome.
May 14, 2010, 10:07 am
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
Beautiful Green Space. The whole park is falling down. Maybe if those of you out there that don't want this. How come you guys didn't volunteer your time to take care of this park? You watched it fall apart, now some one wants to do something with it. Get out of the way.
May 14, 2010, 10:12 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
JudahSpechal : Evidently you have not been at our Park. You have no idea that the park isused daily by hundreds of Senoir Citizens, Middle aged , HS Kids, etc. etc. etc. They play soccer, roller skate , walk their dogs & just sit & contemplate. I guess you can't relate to this.
Put this piece of S&%T Amphitheater in your neck of the woods. You deal with the NOISE, the RATS, the 8000 people coming into your nabe 4-5 times a week , 12 months a year.
Mr. Markowitz has not put a single seed to replenish this park in over 10 years. The Parks Dept. has negelected this park for many years.
Why don't you call Marty & ask him to build this beautiful venue in your nabe.
Your nabe could use a facelift.
May 14, 2010, 10:44 am
James from Bedstuy says:
Ya well they're going to have to roller skate around the ROCK. I wanna see kiss. Or slayer.
May 14, 2010, 3:04 pm
James from Bedstuy says:
give me martys number I'll call him and tell him to move it to my neck of the woods. ROCK
May 14, 2010, 3:06 pm
No Joy.... from Prospect Heights says:
Hey Coney Island now you'll know how it is to get a project shoved up your *** like we did with Ratner's joke of a project.... Go Marty make ALL of Brooklyn un-livable..... so you can be a King like Bloomieeeeeeee & the Rich Russian....
May 14, 2010, 4:05 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed_Stuy says:
I have been to that park. It's a dump with a broken concrete slab, big rats and no people I was there heading to the aquarium. Nobody uses this park. Than god anti-development people like u weren't around 50yrs, ago. New York not be NY. You'd probably protest the building of the Empire State building.
May 14, 2010, 4:19 pm
No Joy from Prospect Heights says:
Our streets, schools, parks, bridges, MTA are in total disrepair/losing money because taxpayers are on the hook for the pols pi$$ing away our tax dollars on boondoggle private projects for basketball arena's and pay millions to players while the teams lose hundreds of millions.... if these are such good deals why doesn't the NBA/Owners pay 100% of these costs? The NBA is losing $500 million this year.... oh such a great business.... I'd rather spend the money to better our schools than have another amphitheater or arena.... pols get your priorities straight.... they can use the baseball park for concerts.... wanta'-be King Marty lets the park go to hell then says, "o'it's blighted, we need to do something quick".... spend tax dollars on something we can't afford.... I hope that the pending NYC Charter Revision Commission review concludes that we have to abolish ALL Borough Presidents, let Marty work @ Juniors or Nathans.... 1 King for NYC is enough.....
May 14, 2010, 10:07 pm
jerry from brighton beach says:
judahspechal; Now I know you have not been to Seaside Park. Your comments are not true. The concrete is in very good shape, considering that very little money has been put into the Park in over 10 years, thanks to BP Marty.
In addition judah : It looks like you never graduated HS from the way your sentences are composed. Basic English is not yur forte, to say the least.
In fact this is the way BP Marty writes.

And for James : To get in touch with BP Marty just call Borough Hall & ask them to connect you to his office, I'm sure he would be interested in talking to you about bulding this great venue in your nabe.
May 16, 2010, 8:18 pm
Jane from Flatbush says:
Hard rock at the potato ship arena? Bring it on I say!
May 17, 2010, 9:23 am
steve from brighton beach says:
Building this boondoggle of a venue is exactly why I will be moving from this neighborhood with my wife & 2 kids.
We enjoy Seaside Park the way it is.
We hate the Summer Concerts but grin & bear it. But who needs over 8000 Sirenlike customers a week coming into Brighton Beach for these LOUD CONCERTS.
This move will not only be mione alone. Most of the younger couples with children will move away too...leavinf less tax money for BP Marty to spend like it is his own.
This City & the Borough of Brooklyn is beginning to suck real bad.
There are many other communities to go to, which are much better to bring up kids.
May 17, 2010, 10:56 am
jane from Flatbush says:
@steve - Really I think you are going a bit over the top with this.
And where are you going to go? I can't think of any place with the same house prices that has the beautiful beachfront and many attractions of Coney/BB
May 18, 2010, 9:26 am
judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
Didn't know I was being graded. I'll do better next time little, weak, sad Jerry from Brighton Beach. I promise to do better next time.
May 18, 2010, 1:54 pm
steve from brighton beach says:
@jane - I'm self-employed & work at home. I have a online business. I can work anywhere there is a computer.
Right now in fact I'm online & looking at a beautiful beachfront & near beachfront condos in Hawaii. The Big Island of Hawaii or Maui look very interesting.
I have several friends & business associates who live in Hawaii & they love it there.
The schools for the kids are great. The weather is wonderful. The real estate prices are really reasonable.
May 18, 2010, 2 pm
Jane from Flatbush says:
@Steve, oh that is excellent - and Hawaii is much closer to your native Russia, you'll just love it.
And surely without the potato chip arena you would think that Brighton beach was by far superior to Hawaii.
May 19, 2010, 9:34 am
steve from brighton beach says:
@Jane - If you like the idea of the potato chip arena so much, why don't you get a petition going , get 13,000 signatures for it , Call BP Marty & let him build it in your nabe. Your nabe could use a facelift , we don't need one.
We have over 13,000 signatures against this boondoggle of a venue.
And by the way, the 13,000 signatures are both Russian & American residents, neighbors & friends who don't want this BS arena in our backyard and destroy our quality of life, something you probably can't understand.By the way I'm 4th generation American not Russian, not that would make any difference.
May 19, 2010, 11:05 am
No Joy from Prospect Heights says:
When the little King Mayor Bloomie revises the NYC Charter this Nov. to disband the community boards & fire Marty then maybe whats left of city goverment will be too busy to give a s#@t about the chip.....

http://www.nyc.gov/charter
May 19, 2010, 11:32 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: