Carroll Gardeners battle John Quadrozzi and Aaron Broudo over Brooklyn Night Bazaar

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Some Carroll Gardeners are itching to shake off Brooklyn’s latest flea before it starts keeping them up all night long.

Residents living near the Gowanus Canal are demanding a plan to bring a late-night market-style festival and concert series to a concrete plant on the banks of Lavender Lake this summer be stopped in its tracks so they can get a good night’s sleep.

“This site is opposite residential streets, houses and apartment buildings, and will cause disturbances all night long,” the Coalition for Carroll Gardens wrote in an online petition that had 41 signatures as of press time.

But concrete maven John Quadrozzi, Jr., who owns the site on Huntington Street between Smith Street and the canal, says his lease with the creators of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar — popular markets inspired by those found in Asian cities boasting an array of food vendors, merchants, live music, DJs, dancing, a beer and wine garden, pig roasts, games, arts, and thousands of shoppers — will be a boon to the area.

“I think it’s a nice public event for people to enjoy themselves,” said Quadrozzi. “It’s another outlet to enhance the neighborho­od.”

The flea market will run every Friday and Saturday night from June through the end of September, said Quadrozzi, who said that he will officially lease the entire city-block-sized lot to flea market impresario Aaron Broudo after the contract is drawn up in the coming days.

But activists who got wind of the plan after Community Board 6 was notified that Broudo submitted an application for a seasonal liquor license for wine and beer only to the State Liquor Authority are ready for a fight.

“There will be significant community pushback on this,” said Steven Miller, chair of the Coalition for Carroll Gardens, who is urging neighbors to protest the pop-up marketplace.

Broudo did not return calls or e-mails as of press time.

It’s not the first time one of Broudo’s pop-up flea markets has caused an outcry.

Greenpoint residents and politicians, including Councilman Steve Levin (D–Greenpoint), successfully halted his proposed bazaar from coming to that neighborhood’s waterfront two years ago.

Community Board 6’s permits and licenses committee is scheduled to vote on Broudo’s application for a liquor license on April 22. The full board will vote on it next month.

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Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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T-Bone from DoBro says:
CCG is a NIMBY organization that was setup to oppose the homeless shelter. I guess they intend to use this to expand their reach.

Isn't this lot buffered by the canal on one side and the very loud train on the other? It's cement yard, not Carroll Park.

Bring it to downtown; we didn't mind the late night markets at the Dekalb site. We'll take the market - they can have the 60 floor glass tower.

Anyone ever notice that change, growth and gentrification only become a negative thing after YOU move in. "I gots mine...."
April 11, 2013, 7:40 am
manposeur from breokland says:
Really? its not like the Bazaar is going to offer .25 cent beer and spirits and be run into the wee hours of the morning.
The NIMBY's are bunch of old crumudgeons. I have been to night bazaars in Thailand and it is not some drunken oktoberfest.
April 11, 2013, 8:38 am
Ina from PS says:
Please bring this to Park Slope instead! We would love it!

I have noticed that the NIMBY's in Carroll Gardens are really some of the worst! Rivaled only by their counterparts in the West Village.
April 11, 2013, 10:08 am
JJ from BKLYN says:
Move the bazaar to Downtown or Bushwick and forget the Gowanus.
They can't handle anything fun- it's all those fumes from the canal rotting their minds.
April 11, 2013, 10:13 am
Scott from Carroll Gardens says:
I can't wait for this to start. These kind of events are what make New York awesome.

CCG is a ridiculous organization that needs to go away. They seem to object to anything new happening in the neighborhood. Maybe they should change their name to Coalition Against Progress in Carroll Gardens.

If they're looking to live in a place that is silent and completely devoid of culture, I'm sure they can find a house in a nice subdivision in the suburbs of Boise, ID or somewhere in Montana.
April 11, 2013, 10:44 am
imby from Carrol Gdns says:
_ in my back yard!

Why not? It's for a few months, lets try it, we may like it.

This is going on an industrial site, they can make noise there 24/7 as of right. It's not like the folks that live near there should be expecting an idealic surrounding. It's not exactly the Hamptons!

Go through the public process, convert the land to residential (like your doing everywhere else) AND THEN AND ONLY THEN should you complain. Till then, accept the neighbor hood for what it is and the rights for business to operate in a rightful and permissable manner.
April 11, 2013, 11:23 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:

Is the site vacant? I suspect as much because no sane proprietor would expose people to the hazards reelating to the day (and night) operations of a concrete plant.

I used to work down the street from a concrete plant. LAte night rumbling of trucks, concrete dust covering everything for blocks.

But - unlike a bazaar, at least the plant is contained. The truck drivers and other employees will not be leaving beerc ans and trash on your front stoop or screaming at the top of their lungs.

Will it happen? Well if you get the same crowd that does this in B-burg and Bushwick, then it's possible.

It's easier to see vote against this based on past experiences. Once leases are signed and businesses move in it will be a lot harder to close it.
April 11, 2013, 12:06 pm
Local from CG says:
Ugh, those NIMBY nerds are my neighbors at 505 Court Street, total uptight yuppie mommies. Ignore them, they'll eventually move to Westchester.
April 11, 2013, 2:32 pm
S from Park Slope says:
The author of this article needs to re-evaluate the use of the term" activists" - if people who don't want things they don't like in their backyards are activists, then the whole world is topsy turvy. I thought being an activist was fighting for something you believe in and making the world a better place, not that you don't want hipsters or homeless people anywhere near you. I think that is what you call detached NIMBY snobs who need some real problems to focus their energy on. Seems that most the others who have posted agree!
April 11, 2013, 3:36 pm
jay from nyc says:
judging by the repetitive exact language in the exact same style I would say that a number of these posts are fake.
In any event, from what this article says the plan is to put people into an area that is a hazardous chemical dump and also has an active concrete factory which puts dust into the air and is harmful to lungs, and then add beer.
Hmmm, with that equation what could possibly go wrong?
April 11, 2013, 7:44 pm
Louise Luquer from says:
Quadrozzi is a mafia stooge but I'd rather the outfit than those vile Carroll Gardens crybabies...

... And you want to talk crime, let's see just how they pay their black nannies and latino laborers.
April 12, 2013, 1:09 am
imby from Carrol Gdns says:
All in favor must contact the 76th pct 718 834 3211 and tell them you want this to happen. Otherwise if they only hear from the nimby's, the police won't issue the permits.

Red Hook hipsters, wake up to this, cross the highway, and show these gardners how to to have fun.
April 12, 2013, 7:26 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
But, according to [South Jersey] Pat I., we're all the same person. So they will just get one phone call.
April 12, 2013, 9:08 am
Scale from Carroll gardens says:
I'm fine with a flea market, but this is not quaint little flea or whatever all the little Brooklyn foodies love now - , it's a full on live concert venue , outdoor with no plan for sound mitigations or idea of how the proposed 4000 people a night are going to get here and leave. So before slamming nimbys let's see if there is any planning. And how this temp idea ( on a cement plant) will work? Brouder wouldn't even talk to the writer of this article - why not? this about the live music and bar, not bringing a quaint little flea market all the craft people will shop at. if the guy basically was open about his plans I might buy in, his silence makes me suspect his final vision.
April 12, 2013, 12:26 pm
imby from Carroll Gdns says:
Scale from CG; If silence make you suspect, and you are seeking silence, then you are in effect suspect. What ever the case, just because someone doesn't spill the beans, doesn't make them suspect.

People have a right to go out and have a fun time. There are resturants, bars, etc all around the place, so night life is not unfimiliar here. There's even a TRAIN STATION!

I also doubt that anyone will be walking aroung outside the place with beers as the place has a responsibility to make sure no one does so - as does any establishment which serves beer.

Lighten up - live and let live
April 13, 2013, 7:26 am
Scale from CG says:
Imby - anyone planning something of this scale who does not consider talking to the press and making clear their intentions when asked is setting themselves up. barring that , and maybe he just was out of town, now that he's been asked to clarify let's see what he says. I'm well aware there is a train station there, I haven't been able to use if for two years. It never bothered me when it was open. The constant machinery , work and dust have however been a pain in the neck since. I would like to know how this plan offers any long term benefits to a zone that looks like crap and which has been the dust bin of industrialists for decades. Is he building a closed structure, planting any trees? Creating bike stands? Anything at all? He will make a mint by plopping speakers, beer and 4000 people next door to me for four months every weekend. And he can't be bothered even to announce his intentions or talk to the papers. Dude needs to learn community outreach 101. Just cause you want to party, listen to music and shop( oh yeah, how great! ) doesn't mean it's the arrival of the Parthenon.
April 13, 2013, 10:22 am
The dude from carroll gardens says:
Eric Demby probably planted this seed to fight it. Can't stand other people having ideas.

Nice guys finish last, Broudo is a stand up guy. Too bad.
April 30, 2013, 2:08 pm

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