Time to towel off! The Open Space Alliance (OSA) and JellyNYC have been sparring all season over the Pool Parties held on the Williamsburg waterfront, and now the last show of the summer has been canceled. JellyNYC started the parties five years ago at McCarren Park Pool, and more recently the OSA (which has a lot of influential board members) has been taking control. Following the publication of an interview that Jelly co-founder Sarah Hooper did with NPR, the OSA folk released a fightin' words filled press release through their lawyer (also an OSA board member) last night. It says, in part:

"We are deeply disappointed that the August 29th show has been canceled due to the continuing unmet financial obligations of the event's promoter, Jelly. OSA can no longer cover both the costs of putting on these events—equipment, labor, and payments to the State for use of their park—and Jelly's substantial debt. Our primary concern is improving open space in North Brooklyn, and we will not endanger our mission by putting the finances and reputation of our organization at risk by allowing Jelly to slide on its financial obligations."

The full release is after the jump, where the organization also apologizes "to the two artists JellyNYC confirmed with the venue for 8/29, Delorean and Dominique Young Unique." The August 22nd show will go on as planned, and it's looking like this will be the last of the Pool Parties as we know them—though they really haven't been the same ever since moving over to the East River Police State Park. Jelly has yet to issue a statement of their own on the matter, but we'll update when they do. One source has told us that the OSA had been trying to bankrupt Jelly with "made-up" fees and by taking over concessions—if true, expect to hear about that, because something tells us the gloves are off!

Concert Promoter's Default Forces the Cancellation of Final Jelly Concert at Williamsburg Waterfront

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), through its programming arm OSA Presents, announced today that payment default by JellyNYC, LLC (Jelly) forced the cancellation of the August 29th summer concert at East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The concerts scheduled for September 14, 19 and 30 will take place as scheduled.

"We are deeply disappointed that the August 29th show has been canceled due to the continuing unmet financial obligations of the event's promoter, Jelly," said Adam Perlmutter, Board member of OSA. "Over the years, we provided generous financial subsidies and other forms of support for Jelly's concerts in order to keep the Sunday shows free to the public. But, as a community-based non-profit, OSA can no longer cover both the costs of putting on these events -- equipment, labor, and payments to the State for use of their park -- and Jelly's substantial debt. Our primary concern is improving open space in North Brooklyn, and we will not endanger our mission by putting the finances and reputation of our organization at risk by allowing Jelly to slide on its financial obligations."

"We are proud to continue to provide many other forms of programming in our parks this summer, including some of music's biggest acts. Ultimately, our neighborhood and those who care about open space deserve to see improvements to our parks, as well as free programming in them. We remain committed to providing free concerts in North Brooklyn in the future, expanding and diversifying offerings to better serve our entire neighborhood."

"The abrupt end to the concert series is certainly unfortunate," said State Parks Regional Director Rachel Gordon. "Although there will be disappointment, the public should know that we will continue to host concerts in the park, as well as other activities, programming and resources that will benefit the people of Williamsburg and continue to add to its unique landscape."

OSA became formally involved with the North Brooklyn concerts in 2008 when NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation issued a bid to produce the shows at McCarren Park Pool. When industry professionals did not wish to take the overall financial risk and management responsibility for building the stage and providing the necessary support infrastructure, OSA stepped forward. OSA produced the McCarren Pool concerts to insure that free community programming, including Jelly's concerts, continued. Also, with OSA managing the concerts, rather than a private company, proceeds would go directly back into community parks improvements. The pricing OSA provided to JellyNYC was 85% less than ticketed concerts, in order for the local community to enjoy free programming.

As the Pool moved into reconstruction, OSA sought an alternative venue for the shows. In 2009, OSA, through OSA Presents, negotiated with NY State Parks who graciously allowed the concerts to continue nearby at the East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront. Although there were substantial operational difficulties in working with Jelly, OSA Presents gave Jelly another opportunity in 2010.

This summer, continuing the model at McCarren Pool, OSA Presents hosted ticketed shows to subsidize free programming and raise funds to improve our local parks. This summer, Jelly was given free fixed infrastructure, as well as substantially discounted labor for its shows.

OSA and OSA Presents expressed regrets to the two artists JellyNYC confirmed with the venue for 8/29, Delorean and Dominique Young Unique. This summer, OSA Presents hosted the first East coast appearance of Faith No More in more than a decade; new diversity in North Brooklyn programming with Nas/Damien Marley; as well as Weezer, Band of Horses/Grzzly Bear, Primus/Gogol Bordelo, and more. Still to come in September, it is presenting Modest Mouse 9/14, Pavement 9/19, and Belle & Sebastian 9/30.

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) www.osanb.org is a nonprofit that raises funds, links community volunteers and works with our local elected representatives and government agencies to improve and create parks in North Brooklyn.