Stop the development of The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a 21-and-over nightclub in residential Carroll Gardens/Gowanus
  • Petitioned Community Board 6 Chairperson Daniel Kummer

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Community Board 6 Chairperson Daniel Kummer
NY State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
New York State Assemblywoman Joan Millman
New York City Council Member Stephen Levin
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Stop the development of The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a 21-and-over nightclub in residential Carroll Gardens/Gowanus

    1. Petition by

      We Are Gowanus neighborhood group

      Brooklyn, NY

Executives from The Rock and Roll Playhouse represent their proposed business as a children’s music education venue. But its approved NYC DOB plans and owner Peter Shapiro's statements show that the heart of this development is a late-hour, 21-and-over nightclub, with veteran security officers from Shapiro’s popular Brooklyn Bowl to contain expected crowds.

Shapiro's specialty is nightclubs -- big nightclubs -- such as his once-famed Wetlands. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is portrayed as a family-friendly business. But the nightclub will be a 21-and-over venue with a ‘no re-entry’ policy and live music seven nights a week. The club will serve alcohol until 1:30am on weeknights and 2am on weekend nights and includes a large outdoor space.

Owner Shapiro has dismissed residents’ valid concerns that his unneeded and badly-located nightclub will bring a sharp increase in street congestion, parking gridlock, litter, vandalism, and late-night noise; his extensive physical alteration of 280 Bond will exacerbate these concerns.

We are pro-development of Gowanus. We are against developers who aren't honest brokers in their dealings with the neighborhood and development that will increase crime, traffic congestion, litter, noise and otherwise diminish the quality of life for its residents.

Please sign our petition to oppose the proposed development of The Rock and Roll Playhouse. 

Thank you for your support! Follow the progress of our community organization -- We Are Gowanus (WAG) -- including the latest media coverage and more information at www.wearegowanus.org and on Facebook at We-Are-Gowanus. 

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz responds:

      Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

      Dear Constituents,

      Following the receipt of community concerns regarding a proposed venue at 280 Bond Street – The Rock & Roll Playhouse – my office met with Amy Striem and Peter Shapiro – the venue’s principals.

      After reading com...


    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Jessica Gallagher BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I live on this block and am concerned about my safety walking home at night if this club is opened.

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    • Thomas Walsh BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My family and I heart peace and quiet (and all the other reasons that our neighborhood is a safe place to live and buy a home).

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      • over 1 year ago

      I live on President off Bond and already am fed up with the Sunday night dance party drunks urinating out in the street and slurring requests to use resident's bathrooms. At least that is Sundays only in the summer. This will be year round noise and trouble and does not fit in with anything that has been done nearby - the few party places have stuck to weddings and showers and are basically quite tame. We like music - not clubs. We do NOT need this in Gowanus.

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    • Anthony Phillips BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I live one block from this site and object to the secretive and dishonest approach taken by its developer to sneak a nightclub into our neighborhood, and do not like the long-term negative impact it will have on our neighborhood.

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    • Yvonne Guest BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Totally inappropriate for the neighborhood.

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