Posted in music on December 1, 2009

Chuck Schumer @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Tim Griffin)
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Chuck Schumer sent out the following press release today...

WITH JELLY POOL PARTIES IN DANGER OF BEING SHUTDOWN
SCHUMER STEPS UP FIGHT TO ENSURE SERIES WILL BE BACK IN 2010 FOR ANOTHER SUMMER OF MUSIC

Schumer, A Brooklyn Native, Attended Two Pool Parties in 2009 and Pledged His Support To Keep the Music Playing

Schumer Meeting With NYS Parks, OSA and Elected Officials To Ensure Pool Parties Return in 2010 At East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Schumer Pledges to Press Officials to Iron Out Remaining Concerns

Schumer: The FREE Jelly NYC Pool Parties Are A Big Part of Why Summers in NYC are So Great And I Will Do Everything In My Power to See They Return


Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he is pressing officials to iron out remaining concerns to see that the JELLY Pool Parties are saved from being shut down. Schumer is meeting with state and park officials and organizations to get the ball rolling on a permanent solution. The JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series started in 2005, were held at East River State Park in 2009. Unfortunately, the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance (OSA) indicated that the Jelly Pool Parties may not return for a 2010 season. No final schedule has been set for the 2010 season and Schumer is committed to seeing the JELLY Pool Parties remain a fixture for next summer and beyond. Schumer, a Brooklyn native who attended two of the Pool Parties this past summer, was struck by the quality and popularity of the concerts and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Schumer has already met with the NYS Parks Department and OSA and has pledged to do whatever it takes to see the Pool Parties return 2010.

"Summer in Brooklyn without the JELLY Pool Parties simply would not be the same and I will do everything in my power to see that they return in 2010," Schumer said. "As I was riding my bike through Williamsburg this summer, I came upon the Pool Parties and was inspired and energized by the huge crowds who came to see the concerts. People came from far and wide to enjoy the Brooklyn concert series, and when I heard they were in danger I just could not sit idly by and let the JELLY Parties get cancelled. Events such as the JELLY Pool Parties are what New York's parks are made for - they are lively and exciting and build energy and enthusiasm for people to stay and live and play in NYC - and I will fight to ensure they are back in action in 2010."

"The Brooklyn music scene exploded over the last decade, drawing hordes of new bands and artists to the borough and making Williamsburg the epicenter of some of the best new music in the world. The recent East River events have been the culmination of it all, showcasing VICE bands and other artists to thousands of music junkies across New York. VICE salutes Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer - a man who clearly knows his music - for going to bat for countless New York City concert -goers," said VICE founder Suroosh Alvi.

JELLY NYC is the biggest summer concert series to hit New York City in decades. The Pool Parties were originally held at the McCarren Park Pool but were recently moved to the East River State Park due to construction. Within just a few years, the concert series experienced a huge jump in popularity, with audience traveling from across the country, and even the world, to attend the concerts. The 2009 season featured 8 weeks of free performances featuring Mission of Burma, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, The Black Lips, and Girl Talk.

But the future of the concerts was put in jeopardy as the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance indicated that the East River State Park may not be available for the 2010 season. In August, Schumer, took the stage on the last night of the Pool Parties and pledged to the cheering crowd that they would be back on the waterfront in 2010.

Since Schumer spoke to the excited audience, he has led the fight to save the JELLY Pool Parties. Schumer is meeting with the New York State Parks Department, the Open Space Alliance, and local elected officials to work on a deal to ensure the Pool Parties return to the East River State Park next year. Schumer and JELLY NYC hope to have all the necessary papers signed in the near future so the Pool Parties will be back in Brooklyn for a 5th year.

Schumer's office has received over 200 e-mails from concerned constituents urging him to help bring back the JELLY Pool Parties.
PREVIOUSLY: Jelly asking for help to ensure future of Pool Parties

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Comments (72)

"VICE salutes Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer - a man who clearly knows his music - for going to bat for countless New York City concert -goers," said VICE founder Suroosh Alvi.."

Vice approved - Retarded - All I can say.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:35 PM

"Summer in Brooklyn without the JELLY Pool Parties simply would not be the same."

The same as what?! These Pool Parties have only been around for the past 4 years or so! And Schumer only made this statement after inadvertently discovering these shows while riding by on his bike last summer. God forbid we recall a Brooklyn summer pre-2006!!!

I mean, I love me the Pool Parties, but come on. Typical political hyperbole.... and/or Schmumer trying hard to gain his street cred.

Posted by M | December 1, 2009 12:38 PM

Schumer's office mistakenly thinks there are Williamsburg votes to be wooed, and that those people will care if he supports Jelly NYC or not.

Truth be told, Williamsburg hipsters do not vote, they would't care about this support even if they did vote, and the State Parks department is absolutely right in denying Jelly a permit for the following year. Jelly NYC does a terrible job and doesn't deserve the special for profit concession on taxpayer property.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:40 PM

Glad our politicians have their priorities in order.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:40 PM

To be fair, Schumer has spent a ton of time on the Health Care bill, leading the fight in the Senate for the public option and authoring one version of the bill.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:45 PM

the power of trust funds at work!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:48 PM

How about instead of complaining do something about it.
Contact the senator and tell him to spend his time on real issues.

http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm


Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:57 PM

As long as they are not back at McCarren Park, which is impossible, I really don't care either way. McCarren Park was unlike any other outdoor venue and the shows there was the main reason I kept going to Brooklyn in the summer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 12:57 PM

Call me crazy, but shouldn't music fans be excited that someone is working to keep the free concerts going in Brooklyn. They're FREE. Complaining about free music is like complaining that the kids next door keep throwing their ball on your property. You sound like a bunch of grandpas.

Posted by panopticon | December 1, 2009 12:59 PM

im sorta dumbfounded by the lack of wow this awesome finally something i care about, culture and free music, christ o mighty

Posted by roedood | December 1, 2009 1:04 PM

hey 12:59pm aka JellyNYC: No matter how hard you try to spin it, not one person complained about free music.

Questioning the motives and use of time of politicians does not = complaining about free music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:04 PM

You guys I was riding my bicycle in Brooklyn this one time and was all like 'now THATS a demographic worth pandering too'.

Posted by Chuck Schumer | December 1, 2009 1:07 PM


Hipsters don't vote or care who is putting concerts on there, it's more about who is playing. Also, if Schumer puts this on a priority list above the real needs of the city, we are all in trouble.

The shows now don't compare to the feeling and the lineups that were at McCarren. It all feels like a dying marketing experiment designed to exploit people who don't know any better (aka hispters).

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:08 PM

i swear some of these comments sound like they made by people with an IQ of 60. Schumer is the main reason why democrats have the majority in senate along with being the main driving force on the health care bill and among others. he resides in brooklyn. why is it a bad thing that he is getting involved in a local issue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:14 PM

i don't think an incumbent democrat in NYC is really hankering for votes guys...

and, regardless if he was, he is supporting something that (i hope) most of you support.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:14 PM

Do you seriously think that because Schumer sent out a press release and threw his support behind these shows that it's any kind of actual sap on his time and energy for the bigger issues? Like the health care bill is on hold while he sits around mulling about what he can do to pull votes out of Williamsburg? Not a chance.

The guy is the freaking US Senator from BROOKLYN. And he likes these FREE shows. Is it a win-win for both Brooklyn music fans and the Senator? Yeah, duh. Get behind it or get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:24 PM

@ 1:08 PM: Bummer you feel 'exploited' by summer-long free concerts. Sounds like you have a really tough life.

IT'S JUST NOT THE SAAAAAAAAAAAAAME, MAN. IT USED TO BE ABOUT THE MUSIC.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:30 PM

there is no reason why Chuck Schumer or anyone else should be pressuring the States Park Department to continue this bad relationship with this for profit company on state property.

let's fire Jelly NYC and open up the state park to any promoters who want to use it.

Jelly soured their relationship with the State. That's their own fault.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:40 PM

Jelly obviously directed all their interns to post on this thread all day because no one else supports those crooks and their sweetheart deal

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:45 PM

I support the Parks Department, fuck Jelly and fuck meddling national politicians

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 1:46 PM

I hate everything, especially elected officials that try to make a difference.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:06 PM

who is this hot silverdaddy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:09 PM

Hello Chuck Schumer squad - thank you for wasting your time arguing on BV

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:10 PM

imagine if the pool parties didn't happen...

...us kids would make it happen ourselves...

laissez faire mother fucker

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:11 PM

Dildo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:12 PM

Barack Obama motherfucka, barack obama!

Posted by leon | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM

i want to see chuck's dick

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM

i hate everything and everyone. you can all go fuck yourselves!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:29 PM

This is only a good thing.
Don't be buttheads, douchebags.

Posted by Moy | December 1, 2009 2:30 PM

JESUS CHRIST STOP COMPLAINING

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:43 PM

I hate everything as well, but I'm going to get more specific right now.

Things from the article I hate:

brooklyn natives - fuggedaboudit
JELLY Pool Parties - not as good as it used to be
free summer concert series - ripoff
East River State Park - parks! fuck you ken burns
the "2010 season" - that is so 2005
the "quality and popularity of the concerts" - ha!
bikes in Williamsburg - get a car, you hobo
The Brooklyn music scene - only for wimps
huge crowds - this is not what MY new york is about
"audience [s] traveling from across the country, and even the world, to attend the concerts" - go back to ohio, trustfund daddies
Mission of Burma, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, The Black Lips, and Girl Talk - none of them are as good as my favorite band, which I'm going to keep secret so all you assholes don't find out about them
August - too humid

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:44 PM

people who leave snarky comments to something like this are freakin' awesome. seriously... coolest kids around.

this is great news. the fact of the matter is, these shows are for everyone. if you paid any attention, you'd see (especially when they were in the pool and the slip n slide was there) it's not just 20 and 30 somethings out there. families were there with kids, locals who had no idea who the bands were. and they were having a blast... it's great for the community. and it's top of the line free music for the people who do go to hear particular bands.

leave the sad attempts at witty commenting to gawker and shut the fuck up already.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:54 PM

schumer is an asshole and a democrate. i hope they close those stupid brooklyn hipster events which sells out bands.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:58 PM

East River State Park - parks! fuck you ken burns

hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 2:59 PM

RSVP +35!!!!

Posted by Yancy | December 1, 2009 3:02 PM

holy shit the wahmbulance is almost there 2:44.

i dont like fun, wah.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:03 PM

RSVP +10

heard tom yaps was heading up the fight too

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:04 PM

what's a "democrate"?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:04 PM

2:11 - "imagine if the pool parties didn't happen...

...us kids would make it happen ourselves...

laissez faire mother fucker"


MWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Yeah, please. Get to it, you fucking KIDS.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:04 PM

"I support the Parks Department, fuck Jelly and fuck meddling national politicians."

look i get it, its the internet, hating works but please stop being retarded, the guy is from bk and he is senator of ny so he gets involved in local as well as national.

fer fuck sakes, take a civics class

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:06 PM

Meanwhile, McCarren Pool is not any closer to being renovated than it was the night of that last Sonic Youth show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:07 PM

where was Chuck when all of the real independent trail-blazers were creating this scene? He didn't seem to care too much when greedy landlords squeezed them all out of the neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:07 PM

how about everyone CHILLS THE FUCK OUT?
HOW ABOUT THAT?
SHUT THE FUCK UP, ALL OF YOU.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:08 PM

chuck shumer is the next James K. Polk

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:09 PM

waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 3:58 PM

East River State Park sucks. moving the Parties there means it's beyond the community's control, or Schumer's, or Jelly's. STATE park.

time to reopen McCarren!that was one mother of a community space and music venue, before it got shut down to turn into a contractors pork party.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 4:08 PM

the new Wayne Coyne

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 4:21 PM

Why is the Fed messing with the State's affairs? State's rights, motherfuckers!

Posted by Regular reader | December 1, 2009 5:00 PM

Finally a Senator supports something cool and fun, in our neck of the woods, and you guys complain about it.
If a rainbow flew out of his ass you would complain that it was too bright.

if the pool parties stay at the park, please get better barriers up front, and more food options, and make it so it isn't a clusterfuck to get beer or food, or water. (They ran out of water). I know the state park won't allow beer to be outside of the beer area, which is one of the many things I miss about McCarren, but at least make it easy to get in and out of the food area.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 5:24 PM

I am petitioning the excessively bright rainbow that recently flew out of Senator Schumer's asshole. Signatures below.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 5:27 PM

Jelly and the Pool Parties just piss off people because... um... hipsters?

I hope that these continue next year and am glad Chuck's throwing some weight behind it.

Posted by Aaron | December 1, 2009 5:50 PM

P.S. Okay, some of these are actually pretty funny though. Specifically Chuck Schumer's excessively bright ass rainbow and 2:44's comprehensive list of Things to Complain About.

Posted by Aaron | December 1, 2009 5:54 PM

I think 2:44 pretty much nailed it. Thank you, 2:44.

Posted by panopticon | December 1, 2009 6:35 PM

If the Pool Parties could diversify their programming--re: have some other non-white, non-geek approved artists--then I'd welcome it back to my neighborhood. Otherwise, it can go somewhere else. I'm sick of all the white noise coming through my kitchen window.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 6:51 PM

Here's a compromise: Have the parties at South Street Seaport. Oh, wait, they already have booked the same shitty artists...

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 6:53 PM

"Jelly obviously directed all their interns to post on this thread all day because no one else supports those crooks and their sweetheart deal"
Well, I'm not an intern anywhere and I went to 3 of the pool parties last summer...if everyone in Brooklyn hates them so much, then why did I wait in line for over and hour and I had fun with 1000s of my closest friends at a packed show? I and all the rest of us are all for these free concerts and want them to continue. You bitches need to go back to Ohio or where you moved here from.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 7:49 PM

this will cure all y'alls ills:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pP6ajgpzBw

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 8:21 PM

all of you people that think chuck shroomer gives a shit about music are idiots. All he cares about is pandering for votes and maybe blond interns. You Brooklyn people amaze me with your blindness to see that politicians are only seeking money and power. (with ralph Nader being an exception)

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 10:10 PM

if you don't get that Jelly NYC is trying to steer you and all of Brooklyn into thinking Jelly and only Jelly should be able to do parties on this PUBLIC property then you're naive and easily manipulated.

these guys screwed up their relationship with the Parks Dept. Why should we fix their mess? The State is willing to work with other promoters and organizations, just not with Jelly NYC.

Free concerts in the park can continue without Jelly's involvement. Don't be fooled into equating "Jelly NYC" with "free concerts in the park." They're just one (for profit) organization, others can and do do the same think as well or better.

Not to mention... others clearly know how to maintain relationships with their partners better than Jelly has!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 2:08 AM

i don't think you're ready for this jelly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 10:46 AM

BTW, the groundbreaking ceremony for McCarren Pool is on monday, 10:30am. Got an email from OpenSpace Alliance yeasterday morning. You have RSVP with Parks Dept.

Posted by Aaron | December 3, 2009 5:36 PM

the parties at the waterfront weren't all that great. if the parks department doesn't want to work with this company anymore, the there is probably good reason not to work with them anymore.

either way, it's no tragedy if this one company loses their sweetheart deal. Why not open it up to bids or community groups?

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Posted by mapquest driving directions | March 19, 2010 5:39 AM

Really can't stand Schumer, but this may be one of the best things he has actually stood up for.

Posted by Computer Freezes | March 31, 2010 7:12 PM

I really hope they find a way to keep them going. Glad Schumer has taken a stand in favor.

Posted by Adonia Legtone | May 18, 2010 4:48 PM

Chuck Schumer is a fat hunchback alien motherfucker.

He thinks the Israeli government has a right to murder whoever the the fuck they want. He feels the same about America.

He's a racist fuck, trying to to cocksuck a few votes from the kids.

Hey, let's bring my bullshit politics to your party, get on stage, and say, "Let's not make this about politics!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:13 PM

screw all politicians. bottom line is east river state park is located in a residential neighborhood. too residential. all this drunk partying, littering, knocking seniors who live here over, urinating on our trees and trash cans, sitting on our cars, lighting our trashes on fire, and chicks changing their TAMPONS on my stoop are NOT cool. and all these things happen because of these concerts. there are tons of other ways to provide funding for the park. these concerts shake and vibrate these old buildings. i'm no grandpa either. i'm 25 and like to use my weekends to relax, not have to blast my tv, and put on my ac so i can somewhat avoid the loud music and screaming inebriated retards.

Posted by Larissa | July 24, 2010 3:47 AM

this politicians are only visible during campaigns but rarely be seen after they win.

Posted by virtual pbx | November 23, 2010 2:31 AM

I agree with larissa, not all people like loud music in a residential area. Its better to do it somewhere else.

Posted by virtual pbx | December 9, 2010 9:04 PM

Throughout our history, the unparalleled freedoms that we enjoy as Americans have fueled

Posted by Mikki Wilder | May 13, 2011 3:51 AM

Chuck looks great in the picture, the press release sent seems very interesting.

Posted by packing crates | July 15, 2012 3:23 PM

I never vote for politicians, it just encourages them. Chuck looks half hearted in his photo

Posted by crate hire | November 12, 2012 8:14 AM

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