Night market scrubbed over Greenpointers’ complaints

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Say goodnight to the “night market.”

The producer of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will postpone his proposed summer flea market and concert series on the Greenpoint waterfront until next year, after near-unanimous public outcry over the scale of the Asian-themed event.

“We don’t want to stuff this down the throats of public residents, we want this to be something that they love and all of New York loves,” said Bazaar producer Aaron Broudo. “We looked at the facts and heard loud and clear that the community is not ready for the bazaar to proceed in its current form.”

Broudo hoped to bring 5,000 people to a vacant West Street lot on weekend evenings to enjoy antique and vintage clothing shopping, delicacies from mobile food vendors, and rock music from neighborhood bands — a bit of Singapore on the East River.

But residents and public officials balked at many of the details, particularly Broudo’s bid to close West Street between Oak and Calyer streets, and his proposed 2 am closing time.

“I work weekends and it would have affected my sleep,” Elizabeth Roncketti told the Greenpoint Business Alliance at a meeting on Monday, two days before Broudo canned the event. “You don’t just walk in and take over the neighborho­od.”

The unused waterfront lot where Broudo hopes to hold his bazaar sits adjacent to a windswept stretch of West Street home to several light manufacturing businesses.

But Calyer, Oak and Noble streets, which terminate at West Street, are some of the neighborhood’s most stately residential streets, home to Greenpoint’s only historic district.

Broudo was on the way towards making his market a reality. He had been making overtures to significant promoters such as Bowery Presents and Tiger Mountain Presents to use the space for large-scale music acts during weekdays and had raised more than $8,000, according to the bazaar’s Kickstarter fundraising page.

But he could never fully allay residents’ fears of a noisy, boisterious market.

“The idea [did] not have any real local support and would have a serious impact on the surrounding neighborho­od,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D–Greenpoint).

Broudo was disappointed at making his decision, but not discouraged. He says more planning is necessary to hold the event.

“We believe this event can be fantastic but don’t want to start it with an ugly backdrop,” said Broudo. “Look out for us next year.”

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018: Significantly updated with the breaking news.
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Reasonable discourse

kevin says:
cant make everybody happy
March 30, 2011, 6:34 am
anywho says:
Think of every stupid sh*t in the world and bring it to North Brooklyn. These freaking people act like no one lives in these neighborhoods. Hey weirdos, these neighborhoods ARE NOT YOUR PERSONAL PLAYGROUNDS!

Just plain stupid.
March 30, 2011, 6:57 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
this will be great for the community! jobs! etc.
March 30, 2011, 10:14 am
anywho says:
"Joey from Clinton Hills"

You must be joking, right?
March 30, 2011, 10:22 am
ms nomer from greenpoint says:
"Joey from Clinton Hills" I hope you're kidding.
March 30, 2011, 10:33 am
no nimby from greenpoint says:
Too bad, another great idea ruined by nimbys. and yes i live in the immediate neighborhood and have for 20 years
March 30, 2011, 11:47 am
anywho says:

Yes I am a full fledged "N.I.M.B.Y." member. I have had enough that kind on nonsense and I am sure many other residents feel the same. This is not Timbuktu.
March 30, 2011, 12:30 pm
k3000 from greenpoint says:
Didn't anyone notice how to how this guy Aaron was raising money on Kickstarter? Brilliant - booze!
Not sure if anyone has used Kickstarter in such a manner. It may be a first.

164 Backers.
118 Backers from promise of Drink Tokens.
More than half the funding was from promises of alcohol.

Pledge $7 or more
Quench: $10 token for drinks in the 'refreshment' garden of the Bazaar. Age 21 and over only please.

Pledge $10 or more
QuenchGulp: $15 token for the 'refershment' garden. Age 21 and over only please.

Pledge $40 or more
QuenchGulpUltra: $60 token for drinks at the 'refreshment garden.' Age 21 and over only please.

Pledge $80 or more
Sell-Stuff: 10 x 10 vendor space to sell or promote any non-prepared food items for one night at the Bazaar. Company image/name/link to be included in the Bazaar website. Subject to approval, with full refund to those not selected, minus Kickstarter and Amazon service charges.

Pledge $200 or more
Party Pack: $250 drink token for the 'refreshment garden' (21 and older only please). A heart felt thank you on the Bazaar website with promotional link if requested. Plus! a Brooklyn Night Bazaar tote bag.
March 30, 2011, 1:43 pm
k3000 from Greenpoint says:
Ooops, sorry - the $80 pledge had no "drinks." That was a for "one night at the Bazaar" for a 10x10 booth subject to Aaron Brodou's approval.

But, here is the site and the spreadsheet.

Kick Starter Pledge with Drink Tokens:
$ Backers Total
$7 9 $63
$10 50 $500
$40 32 $1,280
$80 24 $1,920
$200 3 $600
118 $4,363
March 30, 2011, 2:10 pm
mike from williamsburg says:
you all deserve each other. the no fun police blocking economic activity and good times. But the people who want to set up the venue are a bunch of liberal duche bags.

So there you go commrades! Where I live we don't need a license to dance in a bar!
March 30, 2011, 2:27 pm
ms nomer from greenpoint says:
Thanks, k3000, I saw that too. Broudo was obviously selling a drinking/party experience.

Broudo's story changed daily about how he was going to organize, finance and control the events - and he didn't talk at all about the fact that he could sub-lease the space the other nights of the week when he doesn't have his "bazaar" running.
March 30, 2011, 2:28 pm
Jacque from greenpoint. says:
Sorry to disillusion y'all who are boohooing about this, but some complainy neighbors didn't get this 86'ed, some doofuses with a half-baked plan got this 86'ed. If they had brought anything to the table that was actually good for the neighborhood, or at the very least not actively threatening, there would have been no stopping it. Old ladies can whine all they want, but if you have a decent plan that makes sense and you have your stuff together when it comes to safety and compliance issues - no one will stop you, it can be tough, but it's not rocket science. These guys just plain old weren't interested in a market. they wanted to shoehorn a concert venue onto the waterfront as cheaply as possible. Let's face it, it was an effing lame attempt at that.
March 30, 2011, 7:22 pm
ck from greenpoint says:
the over 75 crowd cant stop everything forever-the wierdest part is that some hipster is part of their group and he has a hand in the concerts on 6th st that other's were saying ruin their lives from the noise. At the same meeting! So he 's ok with ruining williamsburg but hey, dont ruin greenpoint i live here! Bunch of idiots, Lets see what they do when professionals come to table with capitol and a plan. Oh and the other funny thing was the guy from the Greenpoint Biz Assoc. laying out his plan to "bring 100,000" people to greenpoint. No one said anything!
March 31, 2011, 11:40 am
k3000 from Greenpoint says:
Bio from Aaron Broudo on Kickstarter:
"Before becoming a lawyer, Aaron enjoyed traveling around South East Asia, where night markets are common in just about every town. Ever since, he has been working on bringing this great tradition to Brooklyn."

Have traveled to South East Asia, and been to night markets from Thailand to Malaysia to Indonesia. They are fabulous, the crafts being sold and especially the food.

Never once did I see people with a "QuenchGulpUltra" in hand or being sold. There were also no amplified outdoor concerts. The experience is quite different, charming, and even opposite in ways from what he was planning and telling people (a different story to everyone it seems). Not sure where Broudo visited over there. Alcohol is also illegal at many of those markets.

A roughly 7 hour flight will land you in Sydney. Was there on a stopover a few years back. So maybe he was at Big Top seeing Incubus and "gulping down" something. If so, he wouldn't remember much, probably thought he was in Jakarta.
March 31, 2011, 2:57 pm
1bat4u from greenpoint says:
mucho kudos to aaron for giving the nayborehood funspoilin' nimboids a false sence of victory such that he can get this thing goin before they eveen know that this will be the summer 2011 that we're havin' this .
April 2, 2011, 11:47 pm
Lisa from Kent ave says:
OMG hell with all these stupid concert/flea market ideas...HELLO PEOPLE LIVE HERE!!!! families live here, students live here, children live here, senior citizens live here...WTFFF are you people crazy??? TAKE YOUR DIRTY PARTYING FLEA MARKET BACK TO WHERE U CAME FROMMMM!! WHO THE HELL WANTS ALL THIS TRASH ON THEIR FRONT STOOP???
April 3, 2011, 4:23 pm
diva from greenpoint says:
3 beer gardens....sublets of area to huge til 2 am?
oh yea ..I've been to the fr east and have gone to the nite bazaars.....guys sell their sisters of Broudo's friends on face book is "love your em well"
I guess I'm a NIBMY now.
April 8, 2011, 11:33 am
ed from Greenpoint says:
I would've LOVED this but everyone went and spoiled it! I've lived here all my life almost 40 years and there's nothing happening over there, always have to go to Downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan for anything fun.
Oct. 9, 2011, 10:47 am

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