It was a chaotic scene last night at Pier 36/Basketball City, where the Satmar Hasidic sect was hosting a huge dinner. There was gridlock on the streets surrounding the large events space as the drivers of school buses, tour buses and private cars looked for parking spaces.
We’ve been hearing from residents in the area, who were not at all pleased when “no parking” signs went up in public spaces around Basketball City a couple of days ago. An email to community leaders from the 7th Precinct indicated that 10,000 people were expected and that the “city (administration) granted (the organizers) permission to put ‘no parking’ signs up on multiple streets in the area… There will be a huge police presence at the location.” The event was expected to go until 1:30 a.m.
Nancy Ortiz, tenant leader t the Vladeck Houses, has been asking questions about the event all this week. We drove around the area with her last night. Her observations to us in a text message this morning: “Building ramp entrances on Water Street were blocked, hydrants were blocked on Water and Gouverneur streets, exhaust from idling buses was wafting into apartments, car alarms were going off from 10 p.m.” Ortiz said, “It was just a mess. This is mayoral patronage, affecting the quality of life for residents and community.”
According to the “News in Satmar” twitter feed, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was among the guests.
— News In Satmar (@NewsInSatmar) December 21, 2016
Local residents have been sending us photos. Via Facebook, Y Ay Sin, noted: “It’s a shame what’s going on at Basketball City tonight. They took up all the public parking and blocked all the sidewalks for a religious event! Montgomery Street, Water Street and Gouverneur Slip, plus no sidewalk space for anyone to walk.”
William Coloma sent along photos that showed cars parked on sidewalks and blocking fire hydrants. He complained to 311 last night but received a reply stating, “The police department responded to the complaint and with the information available observed no evidence of the violation at that time.”
UPDATE 8:50 a.m. Coloma points to the following item that popped up around midnight on the @NyCityAlerts twitter feed. An officer was struck by a vehicle.
UPDATE 4:52 p.m. According to the 7th Precinct, the driver who struck the officer was not an attendee of the Pier 36 event. He’s going to be all right. The officer, from 83rd Precinct detectives squad, hurt his hand and leg.
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NADA 2015 at Basketball City.
Once again this year, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is returning to Lower East Side for its spring art fair. Details were announced today for the May 5-8 event at Basketball City on Pier 36.
There are more than 100 galleries represented from around the world. But, as in past years, the neighborhood is well represented. LES galleries in the mix include: 11R, Nicelle Beauchene, Bodega, Feuer/Mesler, Jack Hanley, Hester, Invisible Exports, Lyles & King, Essex Flowers and the Abrons Arts Center.
You can find out more information on NADA’S website, and we’ll have details as the art fair approaches.
If you’ve wandered down to Pier 36 near Montgomery Street in the last few weeks, you might have seen this enormous yacht docked behind Basketball City.
Pier 36, which includes the Basketball City complex, is getting into the boating business. Not everyone is overjoyed.
Workers began replacing the floors at Basketball City this week.
Last week we noted that Basketball City on Pier 36 sustained a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy. The wood floors covering seven courts inside the recreational facility, which just opened this past summer, were completely ruined. This week we stopped by to check out the progress of repairs and to talk with Basketball City owner Bruce Radler.
The good news, he said, is that the building is in good shape structurally. The new floors are being shipped in batches during the next few weeks. It will probably be mid-January before the job is complete. A couple of transformers were also lost in the storm, and Verizon has still not been able to restore regular phone service.
“The Roots” perform Saturday night at “All Tomorrow’s Parties. Photo by Bahram Foroughi.
We have more photos this afternoon from All Tomorrow’s Parties — “I’ll Be Your Mirror” taking place at Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. Last night’s highlights included The Roots, the Afghan Whigs (frontman Greg Dulli co-curated the festival) and Swedish folk singer Jose Gonzales. Photographer Bahram Foroughi has been covering ATP for The Lo-Down. Have a look at Saturday night on the East River.
There are big happenings at Pier 36 on the East River this coming weekend. All Tomorrow’s Parties, the highly regarded indie music festival is coming to the Lower East Side Friday-Sunday. The festival, which began in Great Britain, is co-curated this year by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs and features Frank Ocean, the Roots, Phillip Glass and many more artists. Recently, we posed some questions to festival founder Barry Hogan about the decision he and his wife/partner (Deborah Kee Higgins) made to move an American version of the event from Asbury Park to the LES.
The “All Tomorrow’s Parties” music festival has announced new details for its September 21-23 extravaganza at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. Rising R&B star Frank Ocean has been confirmed for Friday night (hopefully he won’t cancel at the last minute). Ocean was picked by festival curator Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs.
Other confirmed artists: Hannibal Buress (joining the Friday comedy lineup) and a second performance from ex-Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo. The Afghan Whigs headline on Saturday night. There will also be performances from The Roots, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, José González, The Antlers, DJ Questlove, Charles Bradley, The Make-Up, Dirty Three, Mark Lanegan Band, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees (to name a few).
The American edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties is moving from Asbury Park to Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street (otherwise known as Basketball City). Passes for the weekend cost $199. Some single-day tickets are available. More info on ATP’s web site.
Big news today in the music world — The Lower East Side is the new home of the American-version of “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” The highly regarded British music festival is moving from Asbury Park to Pier 36, the Basketball City facility at the end of Montgomery Street.
The festival takes place September 21-23. Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli is this year’s curator. Performers include: Philip Glass with Tyondai Braxton, the Roots, Lightning Bolt, the Make-Up, Godspeed You Black Emperor, the Dirty Three and the Antlers, Chavez.
Basketball City's new facility at Pier 36.
The operators of Basketball City are shooting for a March opening date for their new facility on Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. The company, which hosts corporate recreational leagues, has run into a lot of construction delays and other complications. But as the debut of the $12 million complex draws near, plans are underway for a series of youth basketball clinics.
As part of his commitment to Community Board 3, Basketball City owner Bruce Radler agreed to offer the low-cost clinics for kids in the neighborhood. Each clinic will last six weeks and will cost a total of $25. The sessions will be held on Sundays. If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 16, they’re eligible. To sign up, email CB3 member Thomas Parker at email@example.com.
Remember to include the name of your child, his/her age, your name and contact info. Kids who live in Community District 3 (Lower East Side, East Village, most of Chinatown) are being given top priority.