Now that Williamsburg has become a popular destination for tour groups and fashion students, the hipsters who took over the neighborhood years ago are losing their precious Pool Parties. Circle of life. We're told that with the deadline quickly approaching to find a new spot, there's no agreement in place and "the end could be near." As such, Senator Chuck Schumer is requesting that the community show some support—this summer the very same Senator Schumer pledged to the audience at one show that the free concerts would be back on the waterfront in 2010.
However, we're now told that "the future of the Pool Parties at the East River State Park could be in jeopardy. After a very successful 2009 season... 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." But Schumer said!
To support the JELLY folk, who work tirelessly to put on these events every year, you can call Senator Charles Schumer at (212) 486-4430, or email phil(at)schumer(dot)senate(dot)gov — in turn, he'll "relay the public opinion to the NYS Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance."
UPDATE: 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.”