Nethermead in Bondage

n1The lockdown of the Nethermead is almost complete.n2Curious, how gated communities, the security state, and private takings of the public sphere all begin to look alike.n4According to the Brooklyn Paper, the Prospect Alliance is expected to make “at least $75,000” from the Great Googa Mooga Shit Pile. Or put another way, something less than $3 dollars per attendee. Or, considering the set-up and take-down days as well as the three-day festival of consumption itself, perhaps $7500 per day. Seems to me they whored out the public’s park rather cheaply.n3The stage is located next to a Green Heron nest. I hope the brooding mother isn’t thrown out because she lacks a VIP Backstage Pass.

Update: As you can tell, I’m not happy with this situation. The fact that the returns for all this trouble seem paltry indeed only adds fuel to my fire. Perhaps intemperately, then, I called the Prospect Park Alliance suckers on their Facebook page for taking such a lame deal, and linked to this post. They deleted the comment and link — they can do whatever they want, of course, being a private entity — but if you think other “friends” of the park, if not necessarily of the Alliance, would be interested in reading this and yesterday’s post, I can’t stop you from adding this link to their FB page.

13 Responses to “Nethermead in Bondage”


  1. 1 Kevin Dann May 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Matthew, Keep up the rant! I just came back from oriole watching in the Park, and the GGMSP assault was relentless. . .

  2. 2 Michele May 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I am appalled that whoever is on the board that decided this was a good idea wasn’t smart enough to realize that nesting birds live here!

    • 3 mthew May 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Green Herons have nested in that area for several years now. And they are, of course, only one of the three dozen species who nest in the park.

  3. 5 Lyn May 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s new marketplace! I can’t believe that the Prospect Park Alliance is open to host these ridiculous events that are turning the park into a money machine at the expense of our precious wildlife and nature lovers. It has become the spot to have weddings, private parties, food conventions… Move over Javitz Center!

  4. 6 ronpswegman May 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for rendering dissent so eloquently.
    I am dismayed how natural resources are always viewed by these alliances as something for humans to “use” rather than a charge to keep . . . Natural.

  5. 7 JM Livingston May 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Completely agree. if I get a meeting with the park director, will you attend so we can speak our minds?

  6. 9 Tee May 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am also upset at the way the park is lent our to cheaply and damaged by the outside money mongers. A few years back, the film trucks from the stupid movie Date Night destroyed a 150 year old bridge! Another disaster was a film crew by the boat house with 50 foot tall fans blowing the green nature on top of the water because it was not appearing in the wedding scene being filmed. So the giant fans were blowing the wildlife in the water, the ducks, swans and babies of each wre being blown around by the fans. I tried to complain to the park, to the city, no one wants to hear. All they care about is the piddling money. I’d love to know if The #$%^ producers of Date Night were ever held accountable to pay for the damage to the bridge.

  7. 10 Katie (Nature ID) June 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Catching up on blog reading… Did you ever meet with the park director?


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