A star-studded Bronx rave this week hosted by real estate developers in support of two luxury towers along the South Bronx waterfront has come under criticism for being tone-deaf and insulting to local residents. Among other things, the party featured burnt-out, bullet-riddled cars and flaming trash barrels. "Trivializing legit community concerns not welcome. Neither are attempts to erase neighborhood's culture & history," City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted yesterday.

The party, called "Macabre Suite" by artist and party curator Lucien Smith, took place at a former piano factory under the Third Avenue Bridge in Port Morris. The event was hosted by Smith, warehouse owner and private equity mogul Keith Rubenstein, who is head of real estate developers Somerset Partners, and art dealer Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn.

According to the News, Somerset Partners and The Chetrit Group partnered together to buy two properties along the Harlem River in the area for $58 million, with the plan to turn them into a residential community and transform Port Morris into...Williamsburg Far North. The developers put up a billboard dubbing the area "The Piano District," a nod to the party location, last week.

"We’re developing about 2,000 apartments along the waterfront in the South Bronx," Rubenstein told WWD. "Tonight is an amazing opportunity to introduce a whole new world to the South Bronx, and celebrate its heritage." Another partygoer told them, "for the Millennials, if you will, this is a pilgrimage. From Brooklyn to the motherf—ng Bronx."

There were stars and models galore at the private event, including Adrien Brody, Baz Luhrmann, Carmelo Anthony, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, and most glaringly, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Kool Herc and rapper Travis Scott also performed at the party.

You can see some photos of the art—including the burnt out bullet-ridden cars—below. "The entire night was curated by Lucien. Each painting relates to some kind of macabre suite, so it’s all thematically based," Greenberg-Rohatyn explained to WWD. "Most of them have to do with some kind of still-life death story."

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Bronx blogger Ed García Conde was aghast at the party and iconography, railing against it on his blog, Welcome 2 The Bronx. He told the News it was a "slap in the face," and was even more passionate in his own blog on the event:

Oh and not to mention drug fueled frenzy going on as one anonymous tipster (the individual wishes to remain anonymous for fear of losing employment) who was working the event told us that cocaine and drug use was pretty rampant and at one point it was just being done quite openly at the VIP bar.

How could these individuals cosign such an event where there was no concern for the real world issues which the community faces outside the gates of the party on a daily basis? The struggles? The parents trying to provide food on the table for their families as they are working non-living wage jobs and are overburdened with rent?

Meanwhile, just across from the party lives a homeless man in a cardboard encampment and just a couple of blocks north you’ll find Mitchel Houses, one of the largest public housing projects in the city where folks live in abject poverty and know all too well the realities of death, drug addiction, and many other issues which plagues our communities.

There was certainly no shortage of Instagram and Twitter posts about the event, mostly with photos of models, drinks, and the aforementioned bullet-hole ridden cars. There also has been a counter hashtag by locals, #WhatPianoDistrict, to call out those oblivious partiers.