Photo by Michael Rusch for c/o the New York Times
The Times takes a long, hard look at just how Senator Charles E. Schumer came to back Jelly’s Pool Parties as they faced contract renewal problems following last year’s shows. It reveals there actually came a time when park officials grew frustrated with Jelly and began looking for alternative promoters.
But Schumer put the kibosh on those talks by “insisting that Jelly be part of the concerts series for this year, that there be no discussion with other people,” according to Steve Hindy, chairman of the Open Space Alliance (and Brooklyn Brewery president). After a winter of negotiations, Jelly finally signed a contract last week for seven free Sunday concerts this summer. The bands have yet to be announced, but hopefully we’ll get word soon of who’s playing.
Like all upsides to a story, there is a downside. Bowery Presents, the promoter behind the Music Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, and a majority of the other venues here in the city, feels left out. Joe Lentol, our state assemblyman, thinks Senator Schumer got a little muscley, getting “a little more involved than he should have.” But once he was in, it was all-in for the Senator. Lentol adds “when Chuck Schumer gets involved in something, it doesn’t matter if it seems to be small for a United States senator. He will not let it go until he’s resolved it.”
The first show will be July 11th.