The controversial amphitheater dreamed up by Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz to revamp the current boring Asser Levy Park's concrete band shell turns out to be a classy clam shell with a charming pearly hue. The $65 million amphitheater is gaining much opposition for some weak reasons and some strong ones.
City law bans amplified sound within 500 feet of a house of worship. That's why the free concerts by Markowitz's have always been on Thursdays. And that's exactly what sits in that range: two Synagogues. They are the main opposers of the project. Therefore, the $64 million for a concert space that won't generate money on weekend nights seems pointless.
"What concessionaire is going to take this over if you can't have concerts on Friday and Saturday nights?" said activist Ida Sanoff, who is leading the charge to scuttle the project.
"How is this thing going to be viable if they can't run events at the most popular time?"
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"This location is absolutely perfect to become something that the community will be proud of," said Markowitz, calling the site a "gateway to Coney Island."
"There's not a project anywhere in Brooklyn that doesn't meet with some folks in the community opposing it," he said.
Markowitz's plan for $64 million amphitheater comes under fire [NY Daily News]