Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hipster "beach" replacing affordable housing project in Ridgewood

From QNS:

Several Ridgewood residents at Wednesday’s Community Board 5 meeting in Middle Village spoke out against the Rockaway Brewing Company’s pop-up urban beach beer garden, La Playa NYC, which is set to open on June 4 at 176 Woodward Ave. on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border.

“We are opposing the pop-up beach and a liquor license,” said one resident who wished to remain anonymous. “We don’t want the noise that’s going to come with this, the traffic, the littering, the smoking and we have a lot of working people who work days and evenings in the neighborhood, the elderly, the physically sick.”

La Playa NYC is being billed as the city’s first pop-up urban beach beer garden and will ship in 140 cubic yards of Long Island sand and be fully decorated in a beach theme with beach chairs, sun umbrellas, a thatched palapa, beach volleyball courts and kiddie pools.

The pop-up beer garden will run from June 4 through September. It will operate Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, and from noon to midnight on Fridays through Sundays and will feature local talent including DJs, guest chefs, beer talks and special performances.

As a brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company is allowed to have five remote sites where they can conduct business, CB 5 Chairperson Vincent Arcuri said. However, Rockaway Brewing Company has not named 176 Woodward Ave. as one of those sites as of yet, he added.

According to CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano, Rockaway Brewing Company has secured a two-year lease with the owners of the Woodward Avenue corner property.


I had to read this several times to fully absorb the abject stupidity of it.

1) We live in a city and on an island surrounded by beaches, yet a bunch of dopes are going to go to a filthy truck lot in Ridgewood, which has no water at all, to grill food and drink beer on a fake beach? And they're going to bring their toddlers?

2) To create this fake beach, they will truck sand in from Long Island, where we're spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars on beach replenishment in an effort to avoid more storm damage. How environmentally and fiscally friendly!

3) Why are the local papers going ga ga over this idea while failing to report the actual news here, which is that the owner of the lot obtained a zoning change in order to construct a mixed use project, and only won the approval of the local council member when affordable housing was included, but now is opening a douchebag paradise for the brahs for at least 2 years? What's going on with the housing? No comment from the council member about the switcheroo?

We're now expected to fawn over the thought of a bunch of lame millenials getting skin cancer and dancing around a polluted former garbage dump? What the hell happened to journalism in this town?

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

"QNS" is not a local "Paper" it's the Courier trying to re-brand itself as a bona fide "News" source. Actually the Courier is, is another advertising outlet for Vicki Schneps and her son Josh. If the Schneps are fawning over crap like this, you can bet they're making a buck on it...

Anonymous said...

Drugs, alcohol, sex, fights, trash, rowdiness, noise, crime . That's what this "beach" will bring to the neighborhood. Pure crap!

Anonymous said...

Lol....what a bunch of idiots! I hope they all get themselves buried in the sand and suffocate! What a bunch of morons! This city really does suck anymore!

Anonymous said...

Buy an ad and they write a great complimentary story about your business or a lip licking review of your restaurant.

Quid pro quo.

Anonymous said...

The Asians have their spas converted from junky old factories and the hipsters have their urban beaches converted from old brown field junk yards.

Anonymous said...

The Asians put millions into converting a factory into a spa. The hipsters are throwing down a bunch of sand and convincing losers to take the L train to a fake beach.

Anonymous said...

Coney, Orchard, Rockaway, all a subway ride away and these folks want to wallow in the filth of a contaminated junkyard? This is one dumb set of bunnies!

Joe Moretti said...

Just when you think you have heard the dumbest NYC idea, another one just takes its place. I mean why not, the Republican presidential election was just another idiotic reality show in which an oil snake salesman won the nomination.

We have dumb ideas because this is what the people want anymore.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous Said:
"We have dumb ideas because this is what the people want anymore."

Yeah OK but these aren't "People" These are HIPSTERS

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the public urination, street vomiting, and cat fights.

Anonymous said...

Nothing can stop hipster invasions like nothing could stop the colonization of Flushing.
It is ALL part of REBNY's plot to drive out locals. In many cases this means working class and people of color. This drives the real estate prices sky high. The areas wind up overdeveloped and developers can fork over more campaign contributions to collaborating politicians. Result...everybody is happy but the local residents. Well, brace yourself...NYC is running out of "good" neighborhoods to exploit so it is converting less prime real estate into luxury. In Flushing the pols used Chinese to keep Blacks and Latinos from, as they have said, taking over the town. In middle Queens it's the hipsters that will be displacing hard working local residents.

Anonymous said...

So now everybody can get drunk in the sand and piss in it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Crappy, for your logical (as always) insight on this!! Might I add a line about feral Ridgewood cats using the venue as a giant box of kitty litter?

By the way, I am especially glad you mentioned the movement of sand from Long Island shores!

The brewery owners must be nuts!

JQ LLC said...

Ah, another story about lazy entitled hipshits, this is where I am a viking.

This may be the dumbest and most mind warped concept, well since some dicknose hipshit in rockaway shipped palm trees and ran a mud bath without proper facilities (http://www.rockawave.com/news/2015-07-24/Weekender/Nothing_But_Mud.html). And a true attribute to their usual laziness of thinking and outright thievery and profiting of local culture and of what normal residents would consider regular summertime leisure.

This insane plan to market their skunky beer (and I tried it, blech) and using their name and the branding of a town without even residing or operating a warehouse there is not a surprise. Nothing Generation Gentrification does should surprise anyone anymore for this is the demographic and lifestyle and the mindless tourists they attract that our elected officials and their overlords at REBNY give a massive shit about. Logic doesn't matter nor exist anymore in this town so they can truck sand at the expense of people's safety and the environment to a contaminated lot so they don't have to make the long trek to beaches which these pussies obviously can't handle, even with those rickety school buses they rent to take them all the way to Fort Tilden.

And why should these posers care that the city has given them Riis Park for an obnoxious booze, laptop djs, bland background indie music and overpriced artisan food bacchanal for the next 2 years, giving them carte blanche to get loaded and stupid in a lame attempt to annex the people's beach and turn it into some luxury getaway. And that bland overpriced taco stand and those barstaurants on the selectively re-structured boardwalk is not enough for them either. Apparently its too damn far. Besides, they got the ferries and the light rail coming to give them a lift in the near future, so why not ruin a middle class neighborhood even further by turning it into some 24/7 playground as they done in Northeast Queens and goddamn Brooklyn.

I don't speak for, nor live in and not personally know anyone in Rockaway but judging by this lunatic stunt and the naked contempt for their neighbors in Ridgewood, these hipshits probably sense that they are not welcomed there. I base this theory on the few times their enabler Mayor Big Slow gets ceremonially and justifyingly heckled and booed when he shows up there, even the last time on st. pats weekend when he made it on time!. So I can only sense the restrained fury and rage when they see these hipshits show up and act like they own the place.

These fucking people seriously need to be taken down a peg and maybe need to have their faces shoved in the sand that is being pilfered with help from the government. (anyone think that there isn't a nexus with gentrification and government yet, well this is a just a small example). And these papers better get with the program and start raking the muck a little harder. What is the deal with this Camber Property group? And why are they funding a shit craft swill brewer? There QNS, I just gave you two for free.

We got a repellent gilded age going on here, this summer on the beach is fucked.

but that's not going to stop me or anyone from going to the place I have been frequenting for decades.So make 'em feel awkward and scoff at them

And get those fucking fucks, residents of Ridgewood!

LibertyBoyNYC said...

The hipsters don't need to piss in it. The neighborhood cats and the rats they love will do a good enough job of staking their own claims.

Anonymous said...

This is great. Go to a faux beach, fall asleep, get buried in the sand by friends, wake up shake off the sand, realize that you now look like a human La Brea Tar Pit, ooze yourself to an attorney, sue the faux beach, find out there is no insurance and then get an incurable skin cancer.
Pity the hipster victims.

georgetheatheist said...

It's s-o-o-o creative . . . man.

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

JQ LLC said...

Apologies for imposing my editorial suggestions Crapper, but the proper nomenclature for these fucking fucks is hipshit. The market for this has got to cease to exist if there is the slightest chance that the cost of living in NY and civilization here will return to normalcy.

Upon reading this again, I think this is like the nursing home flip at 45 Irvington and the other flip that happened in harlem, except instead of making a humongous profit through stealth and wilfull ignorance by a councilman, we have a filthy nursery school hipshit sandbox produced by stealth and wilfull ignorance by a councilman

Actually, maybe it can be profitable, if it's run like a petting zoo. Just have artisanal burger and craft swill dispensers instead of the usual mulch.

(sarc) said...

If you build it, they will come...

fiscus1 said...

No one needs this fucking shit in any neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Come on, nothin' finah than havin' a PBR on a fake beach with a whore in both arms.... - Alfster

Anonymous said...

Noticed how the 104 precinct conducted not one but two sting operations to clean up the area near there recently and probably have more in the works. It's pure BS. These hipsters don't give a crap about the community. Oh and to the people who feel immune to the changes, I hope you still feel that way when they begin using eminent domain for their brilliant ideas and your house stands in their way.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, it's a real pain to get to the beach, especially without a car, from that part of Queens - or from most of Queens.

Anonymous said...

L to A gets you to Rockaway. M to F gets you to Coney. Or get a Car2Go. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Ever been to Montauk on a Summer weekend night? The hipsters have destroyed it. People passed out Fighting, pissing, sex in the street, cops, ambulance's, DWIs every closing time.

All the comments here are huge understatements of the trouble these poor people in Ridgewood are in for. Which crooked political bastards are behind this?

Anonymous said...

Can't ya still get the bus on Metro to Woodhaven and transfer to a bus thru Crossbay to the Rockaways?

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, "affordable housing." The death knell for any neighborhood.

Room 9 said...

Can't wait for the Courier's Vicki to rave about her "staycation" in this renovated junk yard. A photo of her blubber-beluga bodice in a bathing suit would be the icing on the cake.
Pozarycki get a fotog on this pronto.

Anonymous said...

Isnt this the former Oswald auto wrecking. That soil was packed like cement with hydrocarbon loaded motor oil and a dozen or so other nasty cancer causing chemicals,

JQ LLC said...

some varied responses...

I used to ride to Montauk every year (yes ride) and it was worth it just to ride 10 hours to the end and hang out at the beaches for hours, So tranquil and spacious, And yes the last few years has seen a grotesque caravan of hipshits (Kind of like santacon) and turned it into another excuse to wreak havoc with their self-entitled drunkenness, volatility and stupidity. And reportedly a longtime establishment has decided to sell their property for millions. I don't think that cool little movie house is there anymore either. Nowhere is safe from Generation Gentrification Inebriated, the Predator Devilopers, and the Vulture Funders.

I think the Q21 is still around for crossbay, I haven't taken that bus in decades.

Staycation, I am sick of these fucking portmanteaus.

La playa, shut the fuck up you cunts. Boycott rockaway brewery infinity.

Anonymous said...

Hipsters Suck !

(sarc) said...

A bit nicer than "Tar Beach".

With beautiful music and a waiter serving fine cuisine and ice cold craft beers.

Who could ask for more...

Anonymous said...

You bring your own food to cook.

Anonymous said...

May not last Cuba is launching a huge program aimed at luring these trustfunfarians. These assholes don't work so when the money runs low hopefully they will be gone. Art & music cant pay the bills so NYC is looking at a future population of welfare brats 100% dependent on the government for life.
Deep shit is coming.

JQ LLC said...

The timing of this abortion of "affordable housing"...

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-section-8-residents-talk-fears-forced-article-1.2637839

...cannot be worse.

these fucking fucks deserve to get tarred and feathered.

Has anyone seen what these hipshit entrepreneurs look like?,,,

https://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2dhuj7sb31r1tcz6o1_500.jpg

Anonymous said...

Could we please stop using the term "hipster"? There is no such thing in NYC.

JQ LLC said...

Last anon,

it is how I came up with hipshit,

A portmanteau or algebra solution of my own, hipster/dipshit = hipshit.

make it spread, the market for this demo must die.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Said:

"Could we please stop using the term "hipster"? There is no such thing in NYC."

What color is the sky on your planet?
NYC is LOUSY with hipsters...

Anonymous said...

Could we please stop using the term "hipster"? There is no such thing in NYC.

Absolutely correct! They are 'shitster' - dipshit hipsters. A love of Thai noodles, dog grooming, bicycles, craft beer, apoltical in politics but fascinated about beer and cheese, living with 4 other interns, and avid readers of 'We Heart Astoria.'

Like listening to the blather of a politician and reality as it is, they live in a fantasy world that conceals a hard brick wall when they turn 40.

Anonymous said...

Stop getting upset about the newspapers, they no longer give news, but merely official party line on those things they want you to focus on - like hot developments, hot foods, hot gender orientations, and hot ethnic groups.

As the library no longer provides books or self-enrichment, but babysitting services, photo ops for pols with targeted interest groups, and state supported (and skewed programming) all the institutions in Queens exist for one purpose and one purpose only.

To keep you isolated from the outside world and to adopt the value system of beliefs that are self-serving to the politicians.

Strong evidence that the system is about to head south pretty soon.

Unknown said...

There are tons of hipsters in NYC. Also interesting how people are naming the race of the Asians who are converting factories into spas, without naming the race of the people who are contributing the most to gentrification in NYC--WHITE PEOPLE.

Anonymous said...

Bingo.."unknown"!
NYC White People.
But isn't that what REBNY and city planning want...a White New York?
There you have it...racism uncovered in the agenda of city plotting.
Racism goes hand in hand with gentrification, which elevates the value of real estate.
REBNY runs NYC!

Anonymous said...

Unknown, when people say "hipsters", everyone knows what race the vast majority of them are.

JQ LLC said...

We can pigeonhole the hipster/hipshit culture/market all we want, because it's fun and easy, but let's not forget the real issue here and the real crime. It's that a pile of shit developer went back on their word and deceived the city to pull this stunt. And the underlying reason they did this is because there is total anarchy and impunity being displayed by our devious mayor and his minion city planners, in spite of being under federal scrutiny, with officials being subpeonaed and even a suicide of a high ranking officer. And the cherry on this shit cake is that this lot was meant for affordable housing to be built, which is supposedly the reason why Big Bad Bill is circumventing and breaking all these laws to get his goal achieved in the first place, and of course to somehow stem the growing homeless crisis and the malaise of growing unaffordability.

The Camber group has pulled something akin to the odiously opportunistic nursing home flip at 45 rivington st. Sure, it's just for some ill-thought summer event but the tactics are the same. And I bet they were hoping no one would notice, (except the saps at QNS, who just think they are doing another timeout magazine article or gothamist post on some local quirky hip conceptual promotion shit), since this is being done in a vacant lot on the border of the boroughs and no one would notice or care, and they have their hipshit mayor on their side. But this should get the same constant scrutiny as the other scandals, because this is just as heinous especially that they are practically building a resort, well a nursery school sandbox for imbeciles in their 20's and 30's (and 40's?) in the middle of a residential area. And the lengths to build this, especially the importing of federal sand, is just diabolical.

Again not to impose my opinion on how to run a blog, but don't let this story go crappy. This isn't just some weird novelty bit. And even somehow if they get denied, they should get daily hounded just for the sick attempt.

Boycott Rockaway aka LIC brewery.

Anonymous said...

There are tons of hipsters in NYC. Also interesting how people are naming the race of the Asians who are converting factories into spas, without naming the race of the people who are contributing the most to gentrification in NYC--WHITE PEOPLE.

I'm a white person....born and raised here in nyc, not one of these low life "hipsters"! But yes I do acknowledge the fact that they are white and these disgusting asians do open up disgusting spas!
My point is that I do not fit in with these disgusting "hipsters" because I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THEM! Most of them I would never want to live next to either! I despise living next to the asians because they are filthy and I despise living next to a "hipster" because they are disgusting! So both of them are on the same level to me!

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if the magic blue and purple buses will be there...

JQ LLC said...

Just wondering if the magic blue and purple buses will be there...

Yeah, the Molly and Purple Acid select bus service. It's been a few years since they were seen here. Their origins are there I believe.

Anonymous said...

My local paper isn't going gaga. Just had a short mention of it. The Courier really isn't representative of Queens papers. It's more like a pennysaver now.

What happened to journalism in Queens? People who don't speak English moved in, their businesses don't advertise and staffs were cut. That's what happened. And the Internet killed classified ad revenue.

Anonymous said...

"Stop getting upset about the newspapers......"

You have no idea what you're talking about.