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Vice Media Party Disturbs Quiet Waterfront Neighborhood, Residents Say

By Nikhita Venugopal | September 16, 2014 12:27pm
  Community Board 6 is hosting a meeting on Sept. 17 where representatives from the festival and Port Authority will present and discuss details of   "Escape Music Festival," a two-day and night festival will feature 30 dance music and indie/electro-rock acts.   
Community Board 6 is hosting a meeting on Sept. 17 where representatives from the festival and Port Authority will present and discuss details of   "Escape Music Festival," a two-day and night festival will feature 30 dance music and indie/electro-rock acts.  
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COLUMBIA STREET WATERFRONT DISTRICT — Neighbors who are still reeling from this weekend's loud dance-music filled 1,000-person private party hosted by Vice Media and Absolut Vodka are gearing up for Wednesday night's community board meeting where yet another massive event is set to be discussed.

Residents said they were taken by surprise during Friday night's "Nights by Absolut," an invite-only event that ran from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Red Hook Container Terminal, a private venue run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Neighbors said the party featured loud, bass-filled Electronic Dance Music and bright lights that ruined their peace and quiet.

"We closed all the windows and we could still hear it," Megan O'Shea, who has lived with her family in the neighborhood for two years, told DNAinfo New York.

While there were no 311 noise complaints for the area on Friday night, some residents voiced their concerns and complaints on Twitter.

The party featured music from Araabmuzik and Alvin Risk as well as a collaboration with artists Vita Motus. Nights by Absolut will host parties in Johannesburg, Berlin and Sao Paolo in the next few months. 

Port Authority, Absolut Vodka and Vice Media did not respond to request for comment.

Next month, Pier 9A is scheduled to host Escape Music Festivala massive waterfront concert that will bring thousands of people to the neighborhood with more than two dozen performances and concession stands for food and alcohol.

In anticipation of the upcoming festival, CB6 will host an informational meeting featuring reps from Escape, the Port Authority and the terminal’s independent operator, according to the board.

However, Community Board 6 has no say over events at the terminal because they are permitted by the Port Authority, officials said.

While Escape Music Fest organizers have not yet secured final permission to use the venue from the Port Authority, which manages the Terminal, they kicked off promotion and ticket sales last month. The terms of the agreement are still in negotiation, a spokeswoman for the agency said Monday. 

Residents said if Friday's dance party was any indication, they're not pleased with the upcoming plans.

“I think it’s a bad idea,” said a local resident who gave her name only as Julie, adding that the neighborhood was known for its quiet residential feel. 

The CB6 meeting will take place on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Miccio Center in Red Hook, located at 110 West Ninth St.