Posted in music | venues on November 18, 2009

Chuck Schumer @ the Williamsburg Waterfront, Summer 09 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Chuck Schumer

JELLY's Pool Parties are a business - not a charity, but they have consistently provided great free concerts that support artists while doubling as a great place to hang out on Sundays during the summer. With that in mind, check out the press release they sent out below...

PRESS RELEASE

JELLY, the biggest summer event series to hit New York in decades, is in danger of being shut down. The Pool Parties were originally held at McCarren Park Pool and were moved to the East River State Park in 2009. The free concert series started as a regional event but expanded to global recognition in a short period of time. By summer 2009, audiences were traveling far and wide to experience the Pool Parties first hand.

The future of the Pool Parties at the East River State Park could be in jeopardy. After a very successful 2009 season with 8 weeks of free performances including Grizzly Bear, Girl Talk, The Black Lips, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, No Age, Mission of Burma, Beach House, and Simian Mobile Disco, news came from the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance that the East River State Park may not be available to JELLY for the 2010 season. This will ultimately put an end to the flourishing free summer series.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a Brooklyn native, is now leading the fight to save the JELLY Pool Parties. The Senator took the stage at the last Pool Party in August 2009 and pledged that the free concert series would return to the waterfront in 2010. Senator Schumer and his staff have been campaigning for the Pool Parties to remain at the East River State Park, speaking to other state and city officials to ensure JELLY's free summer series will be back for a 5th year.

The fight is ongoing and the cause is now in need of public action. JELLY is reaching out to the community to call Senator Charles Schumer at (212) 486-4430, or via email phil@schumer.senate.gov to show their support and express any concerns on behalf of this tremendous free community program. The Senator will relay the public opinion to the NYS Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance.

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Comments (83)

But... where will Jay-Z go when he wants to watch Grizzly Bear?

Posted by J | November 18, 2009 3:40 PM

so reopen the pool for shows. admit that "let's turn it into a public pool" scam was a scam, construction hasn't started and the city's out of money.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:45 PM

I have some questions:

Does this mean that NO ONE will do concerts at the park? Or just Jelly NYC won't have exclusive rights to do it?

What does this really do for the community? Does this really help anyone besides the beer distribution companies, Jelly NYC, and the artists who are paid to play? It is a PUBLIC park after all that is maintained with our tax money.

Why does Schumer give a damn about this? I don't buy the notion that he is helping because he likes the idea of indie rock shows in Williamsburg. If he does, why doesn't he do more to help some of the other promoters in Brooklyn or other parts of the city who are really doing more to support the arts than Jelly NYC?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:50 PM

I love the idea of free concerts in a public park, but I don't really care if Jelly NYC puts on the concerts or not as long as someone does.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:52 PM

have them back at mccarren

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:54 PM

3:50, I think he's trying to get you to vote for him. It's a non-Obama year so every little bit of free shit he can get you helps.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:59 PM

@3:50

I have one question, are you retarded?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:06 PM

when that fascist chuck schumer was at one of the pool parties last year all the dumb liberal hipsters who bought into that warmonger obama's "change" slogan were in awe. this might be the one good thing chuck schumer has ever done in his political career.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:06 PM

EVERYBODY BACK IN THE POOL!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:07 PM

they book awul shows. fuck them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:09 PM

Im sure Jelly never made any money.

Posted by u huh | November 18, 2009 4:12 PM

What are they going to do about that beached whale in the picture?

Posted by Fighting Fisherman Fisting 3 | November 18, 2009 4:13 PM

pool

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:13 PM

4:06- no i'm not retarded. I'm actually highly intelligent. Are you retarded? Why do you ask are you looking for another retarded person to have a play-date with or something? Did I say something retarded? Can you be more specific?
"Are you retarded" is only a counterpoint for people who actually ARE retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:14 PM

simply no reason why these can't go back to mccarren. as others have said, absolutely nothing's gone on there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:18 PM

"Im sure Jelly never made any money."

Then you must work for Jelly. How else would you have any fucking clue how much money they made? Unless you work for them, you are talking out of your ass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:20 PM

"I think he's trying to get you to vote for him. It's a non-Obama year so every little bit of free shit he can get you helps."

Well... i'm pretty sure the democrat incumbent senator doesn't have to worry too much about getting the NYC vote. I don't think he's too dependent upon the williamsburg scene to ensure re-election.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:24 PM

what do y'all know about politics?

ya ever suck dick for coke? i have...


i seen him!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:33 PM

it's a STATE park, not a city park. so it was a strange compromise solution, and it couldn't last.

back to McCarren Pool! shutting that down was always a dumb idea.


Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:33 PM

"what do y'all know about politics?

ya ever suck dick for coke? i have..."


Larry Craig reads BV??!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:36 PM

it's weird to see so many people slamming an organization that has put on free events for several years that many of us have enjoyed. where's all this flippant disregard coming from? i've seen a handful of their shows, had some fun, and it didn't cost me anything - i'm inclined to help them stick around for another year, if i can.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:37 PM

If they had let me in with my cargo shorts and krull star, maybe I'd be more sympathetic

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:42 PM

GREENMAN!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:51 PM

I think Jelly is awesome. Fun rosters, free/cheap, and focused on making use of spaces that are re-imagined for everyone to enjoy. Kudos to them, and hope this can continue for those who enjoy the perk.

4:09, If you don't like the bands they book, feel free to masturbate to a Bon Scott poster alone in your room, again. You purist, you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:51 PM

"it's a STATE park, not a city park. "

Who said it was a state park?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:53 PM

Oops, I meant: who said it was a CITY park?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:53 PM

so you are all against free concerts put on in the sun with a great view? what do you guys like?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:57 PM

why yes...

Posted by larry craig | November 18, 2009 4:59 PM

didn't they ban snakes this year?
and then the banner WAS a snake -
and they keep calling it pool

fuck jelly
next year everyone bring a fist full of poisonous snakes

and take a dump in the beer
STOOL PARTIES

now thats a retarded comment

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:05 PM

this thread is very entertaining!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:26 PM

@4:14/3:50 I think writing a paragraph on why one is not retarded in response to an anonymous comment on brooklynvegan proves the opposite.

Although, it is true that I'm retarded too considering I bothered posting here & then checked back later to see the response....

Posted by 4:06 | November 18, 2009 5:40 PM

hey everybody! let's all care about this super-hard!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:50 PM

jelly ... yum!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:53 PM

fuck macarran pool and their stupid hipster infested pool parties. people of north brooklyn are fucking pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:01 PM

hey, would someone toss my jelly?!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:02 PM

I'm with 4:37 on this one. I am guessing that a lot of you have attended at least one Pool Party in the past. Of course there are corporate sponsors- how else do you think Jelly has money to put on these events? If you would like to see another season of Pool Party shows then send a quick email to Senator Schumer. You have time to kill reading this site, so why not do something more productive with yout time?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:03 PM

"East River State Park may not be available to JELLY"
by their own press release the problem doesn't seem to be about free concerts or concerts in general, just "JELLY"
Why is Schumer promoting one promoter?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:11 PM

I heard Schumer is going to be booking shows for JellyNYC.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:16 PM

i heard the parents of the trust fund kids behind jelly donated a bunch of money to senator schumer

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:28 PM

"people of north brooklyn are fucking pussies" hahahahahahahahaha bay ridge must be working out for you pretty well...

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:36 PM

Start charging a small fee... to thin out the crowds. As it stands, I won't go to any more "Pool Party" shows b/c the crowds are just insane. I'll gladly pay a small fee-- like $10-- to see a show I'm interested in. I'm sure a ton of others will too. There's some funding.

Of course there will obviously be a ton of people who WOULDN'T want to pay for these shows... but screw them. Take them out of the equation & the crowds will become manageable, as opposed to unmanageable hoards of people, lining up for hours & hours, just to get turned away from an overcrowded park.

Just sayin'. That's my two cents.

Posted by M | November 18, 2009 6:55 PM

the fact that this thread has gotten 41 comments and not a single "schuMEHr" is a tribute to the young people of today: their ingenuity, their innovation, their restless quest for fresh ideas and original thinking. Thank you young people! I believe in you! I'd hit it!

sincerely,
Sen. Chuck Schumer

Posted by Sen. Chuck Schumer | November 18, 2009 7:05 PM

What a totally unnessecary clusterfuck. As many have mentioned, the McCarren park pool looks exactly like it did in Aug 2008 when Sonic Youth played the last show there. And remember that was a pay show, as were Wilco, Devo and many others. For no apparent reason at all we lost not just the free jelly pool parties but a cool venue for ticketed shows. Seems like we should be petitioning the city parks dept to reopen the closed-for no-reason pool.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:06 PM

^^ um the government...

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:07 PM

6:36-i am not in bay ridge but i would take it anyday over north brooklyn fucker. north brooklyn ain't real brooklyn bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:19 PM

"hey everybody! let's all care about this super-hard!"

is that sarcasm i detect? cause reading this post, clicking on the comments, reading all the comments, and then posting your own comment would make it seem that you do care about this super-hard.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:23 PM

LETS EAT EACH OTHER OUT SUPER HARD

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:28 PM

4:06- no i'm not retarded. I'm actually highly intelligent. Are you retarded? Why do you ask are you looking for another retarded person to have a play-date with or something? Did I say something retarded? Can you be more specific?
"Are you retarded" is only a counterpoint for people who actually ARE retarded.

Anyone who claims they're "highly intelligent"---isn't.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:29 PM


I can't "jelly" my dick up your ass

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:35 PM

why are you all bashing JELLY? seriously, if you don't like the shows, DON'T GO.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:45 PM

Jelly, if you know them at all behind the scenes, has done nothing but take. Wake up Schumer, you are backing a horse that if you investigated further you would realize does not do doing anything but for themselves. Ask anyone that they have dealt with and you will find out the truth. You, Schumer, are doing nothing for yourself by supporting Jelly and those that know the truth see what kind of office you are really running. Spend some time talking to more people before you rush to defend such a lame company...

Posted by A concerned citizen of Williamsburg | November 18, 2009 8:06 PM

The sad reality is, the pool closed because yuppie assholes who live in the expensive condos near the park don't want the concerts. I have little hope that concerts will ever come back there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 8:10 PM

I really don't understand how this is a debate. the shows hurt no one. they are free. don't go if you don't like them. several people do. i am assuming all the complaints are coming from people who really wish that the east river park was a quiet picnic destination on the very few sundays it held concerts? yeah, right.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 8:42 PM

last summer had some of the best free concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:30 PM

You NYC kids that hate on these concerts are spoiled pieces of garbage. Most cities WISH they had so many free shows to go to. Be happy about it, even if they're not all your favorite bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 12:42 AM

the cliche strawman of "yuppie assholes in condos" have nothing to do with McCarren Pool shutting down. it was a city government move. and it was a scam, the failure of which is no longer feasible to hide. as 7:06 pm said, the pool is exactly the same it was when Sonic Youth played the final ticketed show there, in August 2008. not a single brick has been laid down since then.

when the pool parties had their shows there, they had raging success, and as a ticketed venue it was also a success. moving the shows to a state park wasn't going to work and didn't.

remember when they found the dead guy decomposing in the McCarren Pool toolshed? let us show the world he did not die in vain!

Posted by Sen. Chuck Shumer | November 19, 2009 12:54 AM

Yes! Exclusive monopoly of the Tool shed for Jelly!
or Schumer!?

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 1:44 AM

I'm going email my support. If you didn't enjoy the free shows this summer, you didn't try hard enough.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 1:59 AM

they've done a lot of work on the arches, looks like they're reinforcing the facade and probably the roofs(some of which were little more than elevated ponds) before they start the construction of the buildings and the pool structure...

Posted by someone who passes the pool daily | November 19, 2009 8:29 AM

^^^^You must work for bowery presents

Posted by schmehr | November 19, 2009 11:32 AM

If it's taken them 15 months to fix up the surrounding brick facade, when in the world is the actual pool with all the plumbing and new building construction going to be completed? 2013 maybe?

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:42 AM

Bring it back to the real NYC-Wollman Rink perhaps. Dr. Pepper, where are you when we need you???

Posted by Tin Lizzie | November 19, 2009 11:51 AM

They did build a skate park adjacent to the pool. It opened a few weeks ago.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:51 AM

I think some of you fail to consider the economic collapse that occurred last fall, right after the pool was closed. Since then, municipal infrastructure projects haven't exactly been a top budget priority for the city or state. Particularly not recreational sites in Brooklyn.

I know this doesn't necessarily jibe well with your subsidized lives and inflated senses of entitlement, but that's what's up.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:57 AM

She don't use Jelly...

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 1:55 PM

I think what makes the Jelly concerts DanGerOUs and exciting is each year they are "threatened" discontinue. But somehow everything always works out in the end.

Makes me "thankful" for them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 2:06 PM

If any of you bothered to attend a community meeting or read a paper you would know that:

1. The community had been trying to get the pool reopened for years, long before any condos were built. It was set to be restored in 2001, then the money was lost due to 9/11.

2. This time the money is protected, despite the economy and budget cuts it will go forward.

3. Most of the work that has been done on the pool is structural, that is why it looks the same. The buildings have had to be reinforced and all kinds of other things. The buildings will reopen as a gym and community center in about 18 months. Then the pool will reopen after that.

4. Jelly NYC is a fantastic local group who have consistently put in great shows for free or cheap all over Brooklyn and the city.

5. The Parks Dept--even though it is a state park, the Parks Department of North Brooklyn is overseeing the concerts--basically wants to take the audience and operation that Jelly has set up and take all the money for themselves, or auction it off to Live Nation or some other big company. Why should a local Williamsburg company get shut out of their own project? That's fucked up.

Posted by bk | November 19, 2009 2:14 PM

Schumer has released the following statement, saying, “I happened to pass by the JELLY concerts when I was riding my bike through Williamsburg and was amazed at the thousands of people who lined the streets to come to the concerts. People from every part of the country who had made their way to Brooklyn, enjoying music and one another’s company - it’s the best of New York. When I heard that the concerts might be cancelled, I couldn’t understand why given that this is exactly what our parks are supposed to be for and I am going to do everything I can to see that they continue.”

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 4:57 PM

In addition to Schumer you should also contact:

Carol Ash - Commissioner of the New York State Parks: carol.ash@oprhp.state.ny.us

and Joseph Lentol - State Assemblyman for Williamsburg: LentolJ@assembly.state.ny.us

and Stephanie Thayer - Executive Director for the Open Space Alliance: stephanie.thayer@parks.nyc.gov

Posted by hd | November 19, 2009 4:57 PM

2:14 #5
Oh, SO THE CONCERTS ARE NOT ENDING?!

The question is just who gets to promote them? And Jelly is asking that we just lobby for Jelly rather than any other company. Jelly is just complaining about Parks Dept charging them too much money?


Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:26 PM

I rather another promoter besides Jelly get a chance to run the concert series. The area needs something else beside constant Pitchfork approved music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 11:56 PM

11:56 no.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2009 3:13 PM

Jelly NYC does not deserve to have a monopoly on use of this PUBLIC land.

your tax dollars people. this press release is playing you for saps.

Maybe the state parks department doesn't want to work with Jelly NYC anymore because jelly NYC are incompetent boobs.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2009 3:36 PM

Actually, LiveNation started the concerts and put in 100,000 dollars to do infrastructure work on the pool so that it would be safe for concerts long before Jelly even had the idea of doing them. If anyone should take credit for starting the concerts is it LiveNation. Without their money and initiative Jelly would never have inherited the space.

Posted by Jenn | December 10, 2009 5:30 PM

Im sure Jelly never made any money.

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just say thanks for share!

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She don't use Jelly...

Posted by registry cleaner reviews | February 7, 2010 8:12 AM

last summer had some of the best free concerts.

Posted by windows xp registry cleaner | February 7, 2010 8:13 AM

These concerts are FUCKING hell. I live on Kent Avenue and had to endure the earsplitting NOISE and the drugged up masses of zombies that take over the area all summer last year.

Not EVERYONE wants this crap here, especially those of us who LIVE here and would like to be able to relax on a Sunday. Damn Chuck Schumer and all the filthy hipsters who have invaded.

Posted by williamsburg native | March 20, 2010 2:09 PM

Bring it back to the real NYC-Wollman Rink perhaps. Dr. Pepper, where are you when we need you???

Posted by Windows Tips | July 1, 2010 9:10 AM

I agree, It all depend on perspective

Posted by Robert | August 1, 2011 8:06 PM

I agree with william, These event often take place without any concern for local resident

Posted by Drain francais | August 23, 2011 1:24 PM

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