Judge sides with Markowitz’s foes — but Council rule change allows summer concerts

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A judge on Wednesday ruled that Borough President Markowitz’s summer concerts may violate a city anti-noise law — but the ruling blocking this year’s series is effectively moot thanks to a just-passed Council bill that excepts the very concerts from noise code restrictions.

“The show will go on,” Markowitz promised after the meaningless injunction was delivered by Judge Kenneth Sherman.

Mayor Bloomberg has promised to sign the Council bill — which exempts Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park from restrictions barring amplified music within 500 feet of a house of worship — on July 12, three days before Markowitz dons his trademark white tuxedo and introduces Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee for the concert kickoff.

The Council maneuver was designed to thwart a June 17 lawsuit filed by members of two synagogues — Temple Beth Abraham and Sea Breeze Jewish Center — that are within 500 feet of the Asser Levy Park band shell.

Still, Markowitz’s opponents did claim victory on Wednesday, arguing that the court ruling at least confirms that they were right about a noise law that Markowitz has been violating for 19 years in Asser Levy Park.

“The injunction validates what we’ve been saying all along — the concerts are illegal,” said Norman Siegel, attorney for the plaintiffs suing the borough president.

The lawsuit against Markowitz is after larger game: blocking the borough president’s plans to construct a $64-million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Park that critics say is a “monstrosity” that will chew up their sole recreation space and overwhelm their quiet corner of Coney Island with noise.

“Maybe Markowitz will grow up one day and realize he’s making a mistake,” said Mendy Sontag, president of the Sea Breeze Jewish Center.

But Markowitz has slammed his critics right back, saying that their lawsuit is an attempt to hold his concert series “hostage,” and would deprive Brooklyn of a popular form of entertainment.

Upcoming shows include the Beach Boys (July 22), George Thorogood and the Destroyers (July 29), and Aretha Franklin (Aug. 12).

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Perry from Coney Island says:
Marty Markowitz is a fool. It's like it's his money he is spending. It's ours, the TAXPAYERS. You know YOUR BOSSES MARTY.

Where will anyone park their cars? Who will pay for the surrounding neighborhoods security and road disruption? Why take away the only green area in a 10 mile radius away from the people? It's amazing that Markowitz is doing this aginst the communitys will!!!! How can he get away with this type of strong arming? What a shame and disgrace Mary Markowitz has become to Brooklyn. And to disrespect the neigborhood religious groups is even more of a disgrace. Why is it so important to Marty in these tough economic times for this project to go on?

What about all the other projects like the park near Belt Parkway that has come to a standstill?
July 1, 2010, 4:55 am
Mo from B says:
Marty, make the concerts near your house in Windsor terrace and leave the synagogues alone.
July 1, 2010, 1:12 pm
jerry from broghton beach says:
Mr. Markowitz has such a disdain for the courts & the laws of NYC. He hs run the concert series in violation of the 500 foot rule for over 20 years at Seaside Park.
The Judge ruled in favor of the synagogues. But Mr. Markowitz has said that ruling is meaningless.
Mr. Markowitz together with the Mayor & City Council has done an end-run around the 500 foot rule by passing this amended bill in just 5 days.

Mr. Markowitz is a bagel & lox Jew.
By doing this end-run around the existing law, Mr. Markowitz has mocked his own religion & took away the sanctity of his faith, the religious observance of the congregants of these 2 synagogues.
Mr. Markowitz is a serial violator of the laws of NYC. Back in the 1980's Mr. Markowitz violated the NYC Finance Laws. He pleaded to a Misdemeanor & was given an $ 8000 fine & 75 hours of Community Service.
He was allowed to plead down to a misdemeanor because of the Brooklyn DA who at the time was Elizabeth Holtzman & cut him a deal.

Most recently his taxpayer driven car went through redlights with the sirens blaring to a ribbon cutting ceremony, even though it was against NYPD rules & regulations.

Who do we have running this City anyway ? Monarchs & Kings? I thought we had already fought for our Independence back in 1776. Now we have to fight again from those who dictate & do back door changes to the laws rather than enforcing them.

As Yogi Berra said " It ain't over till it's over...AND MARTY MARKOWITZ IT ISN'T OVER.

We're fired up & ready to go fight !

July 1, 2010, 6:58 pm
Any Mouse from Any Where says:
You just have to raise enough money to tie his project up in court. He's only got 3.5 years left in office. Count down the days. The community's will be here a lot longer than he will.
July 2, 2010, 4 pm
M from K says:
Would Marty do the same near a church when services are being held?

Marty stop beating up on your own people, have some respect for the faith you were born to, even if you don't follow it yourself.
July 2, 2010, 4:31 pm
Badab Ing from bayridge says:
This is sad... Is there only one religious community there? The concerts do not happen during school hours.. This is selfish to again have again religion do dictate and control men... You guys have no respect for other people... 10 db is gonna kill someone in a rock concert... 6 concerts a year and you can not accomodate other people living in the area from a different age group and a different lifestyle...
The "community" need a bit more exposure and youth in their thought process.. I do agree that 64M$ is a waste of money for the area in the economic scenario we are in, but you guys are also totally intolerant in your ways of mingling with other lifestyles and communities residing in the area...
July 24, 2010, 2:18 am

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