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One More Time: The Final Williamsburg Pool Party Is Back On

Looks like the Jelly Pool Parties will live to see one more week. After a week when the conflict between the Brooklyn free concert promoter and its non-profit landlord boiled over into full-on "I'm taking my ball and going home" tantrums, order was restored (at least temporarily) when that non-profit, the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, announced yesterday that the season's final Pool Party — originally scheduled for Sunday, August 29 and then canceled last week after OSA claimed that Jelly had defaulted on its debts (a charge Jelly disputed) — would run as scheduled.

That final show will — according to Jelly's original lineup — feature "Super Special Guests" in the headlining slot, along with support from Delorean and Dominique Young Unique.

Turns out the resolution required the efforts of many mediators, including New York State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Charles Schumer, and financial contributions from "owners of businesses adjacent to the park."

In the statement from OSA, Schumer said, "The ultimate beneficiary from these shows is the New York City economy because cultural magnets like this make young people from around the country want to live here."

Still, all the togetherness couldn't quite wipe away the bile built up over a tough summer. Here's a telling quote from OSA board chairman Steve Hindy, via OSA's statement: "We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations."

Jelly, for its part, mostly stayed quiet and kept to the actual shows it produced this weekend: a Mad Decent Block Party in Chicago, and yesterday's rain-soaked Pool Party featuring Chromeo in Williamsburg. Yesterday morning, Jelly did respond, via Twitter, to one fan's post about what was to have been the final Pool Party:

Jelly NYC Twitter

OSA's full statement:

OSA announces that the 8/29 free Pool Parties concert at the East River State Park will play on.  NY State Assembly member Joseph Lentol and Senator Schumer's office helped all the parties involved come to agreement.  Owners of businesses adjacent to the park, Norman and Elaine Brodsky, as well as Douglaston Development, which is building The Edge waterfront condos, all donated funds to OSA, to support free programming at the Williamsburg waterfront park.   JellyNYC will present surprise special guests headliner, DeLorean, and Dominque Young Unique.

"Any project of this size is going to have its difficulties, but in the end, everyone had the same goals: support our parks and free programming in our parks." said State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. "Free concerts are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  I am pleased to have been part of bringing them to the State Park years ago, and will work to insure that they have a home in North Brooklyn."

Senator Schumer said,  "It feels like summer in Brooklyn just got extended by an extra week. We've been working nonstop to try to restore the August 29th show because we didn't want to see a good thing like the Jelly Pool Parties end prematurely. I am glad both sides finally came together because these concerts mean so much to the neighborhood of Williamsburg and the people of Brooklyn. The ultimate beneficiary from these shows is the New York City economy because cultural magnets like this make young people from around the country want to live here. I'd like to thank OSA, NYS Parks, Assemblyman Lentol, the area developers and JellyNYC for ensuring this summer's concert series ends on a high note."?

"Now that Jelly and OSA have resolved their differences, we hope the public enjoys Jelly's final free concert at East River State Park this season," said Rachel Gordon, Regional Director for NYS Parks.

"We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations." said Steve Hindy, Chairman of OSA's Board.

Norman and Elaine Brodsky, residents of the neighborhood for almost 2 decades, owning an adjacent business, stepped forward to help financially. "Hopefully, other people in our community will follow our lead in donating to OSA to help keep the arts in our community, and build parks where we can showcase our local culture,"

"We were disappointed to learn of the financial challenges with the free concert series, which provides a major benefit to the local community," said Jeffrey Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development, which is developing The Edge, new waterfront condos next to the East River State Park.  "It's our privilege to help OSA and NY State Parks to continue to host amazing concerts."
OSA Board member Adam Perlmutter said "OSA looks forward to presenting diverse free programming in the future, from Chromeo to Copland.  We thank Assembly member Joe Lentol, NY State?Parks, the Brodskys, the Edge, and of course, Senator Schumer for help in bringing this welcome conclusion."

About OSA
The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) is a nonprofit that works with our community and elected officials to improve and create parks in North Brooklyn.

About The Edge
The Edge is located at Kent Ave, between North 5th and 7th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  It's being developed by Douglaston Development, which is revitalizing a 7.5-acre site into an exciting new residential development.  The affordable housing rental component is fully occupied.  Now available for occupancy, the first phase of development includes 565 luxury residences in two condo towers, more than 60,000 square feet of retail space, and an unprecedented 40,000 square foot amenity package.



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