From the Daily News:
A battle over a controversial amphitheater project in Coney Island has erupted.
Free concerts by the Beach Boys and Neil Sedaka could be canned if activists and a pair of synagogues battling Borough President Marty Markowitz's planned $64 million concert hall have their way.
The group filed papers in Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday charging Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concerts - which he's held in a bandshell in Asser Levy Park since 1991 - violate a city law that bans amplified sound within 500 feet of houses of worship holding services.
The synagogues are across the street, and one, the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, holds services three times daily until 10 p.m.
"If we can establish you can't have sound at that site...how can you have sound at the amphitheater?" said the group's lawyer, Norman Siegel.
The two sides are due in court June 30. Markowitz's first concert is July 15, with Neil Sedaka.
Markowitz, who is Jewish, took aim at the synagogues and accused them of "shamefully using religion to hold these concerts hostage," to stop the project.
"They should be ashamed. As we say in Yiddish, it is a shonda," he said.
And we have a response...
Dear Queens Crapper :
Brooklyn Borough President should be very ashamed of himself by saying that it is the Jews fault he's in this pickle. That doesn't cut the mustard.
Mr. Markowitz did not follow the Law with the Sound Permitting process. He never filed for a Sound Permit because he would have to perjure himself when filling out the forms. He would never get a permit. Just go to the Parks Dept. website and look for the PDF file on the Sound Permit. All the information is clearly stated.
It has nothing to do with having no complaints about his concerts. Mr. Markowitz was not in compliance with the Laws of NYC. He's a politician that knows about permits etc. He can't do a run around this issue.
He is also fanning the flames for hatred & bigotry with his over the top remarks blaming the synagogues. If it were Schools, Hospitals, Churches, Mosques etc. this NYC administrative Law would apply. He must now take responsibility, by his remarks, if any hate or bias crime is caused by his outrageous words towards these synagogues or congregants.
In addition part of the Sound Permit state that you also need a Permit from Social Services if you are soliciting funds at a event. You can get a seat for $ 5 or $ 10 dollars depending on the concert which is in kind a donation or soliciting of funds that go towards the expense of running a concert. Furthermore there are volunteers (from the Seaside Concerts) who go around with a 5 gallon pail & Marty has asked for people to put in $ 1, or $ 5 or $10 (what ever you can afford) into the pail as a donation. Where are those permits Marty? If a concert draws 2000 or 5000 or even 10,000 people that's a lot of money to account for Marty.
Who accounts for that money?
In conclusion, Marty you are abusing the community, my neighbors, my friends, my fellow congregants.
You are the Shonda.
Very truly yours;
I've identified Marty to not only be a shonda, but also a schmendrick and a shlemiel (and I'm not even Jewish). One of my readers pointed out that he's also a schmuck.