Monday, March 30, 2009

Battle over Marty's $64M potato chip

From the Daily News:

With construction set to start on the 8,000-seat amphitheater in Asser Levy Park this summer, community critics are scrambling to block it before it's too late - charging it will be too loud, big and expensive and will take over the entire park.

"It has more seats than Radio City Music Hall," said local activist Ida Sanoff, who is leading the charge to derail the plan - and is hoping to hold a protest rally outside Markowitz's Park Slope home.

"The whole thing is a waste of taxpayers' money at a time when they are cutting services left and right," said Temple Beth Abraham President Al Turk. "They could use this money for day care centers, for hospitals, for police."

Markowitz is paying $54 million of the project's hefty price tag with money from his capital budget. The rest is coming from the mayor and the City Council.


Anonymous said...

No, no, no. Private businesses and existing cultural institutions don't need the competition for the gate during these straitened times.

Use the money to keep the fire department, police and hospitals staffed.

Anonymous said...

Marty wouldn't dare plunk this potato chip in his Park Slope backyard, so he dumps it on Brighton Beach.

I hope to see the local Russian community stand up to Marty's ugly plan.

Anonymous said...

Hell no! what is wrong with everyone, money could be used for better things. what is going on with this city?? closing firehouses and possibly laying off teachers. what is this mayor doing to this city allowing for such b.s........