• Petitioned Fairfield Marriott - 181 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

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Fairfield Marriott - 181 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

Reimburse Gowanus Arts For Damages Done To Their Arts Center & Loss Of Mural Project; Solve Your Own Soundproofing Issues & Leave Our Musicians Alone!

    1. Petition by

      Spoke the Hub

1. Reimburse Gowanus Arts for the thousands of dollars of repairs they have caused our not-for-profit arts center.

2. Reimburse Gowanus Arts for the $38,000 GROUNDSWELL mural that was denied us by the Marriott not following through on their agreement with us.

3. Insist the Marriott leave our drummers and musicians alone, and solve their own soundproofing issues in a mutually satisfactory manner.

It is important to make public the dishonorable, behind-the-scenes actions taken by the Fairfield Marriott and owner/developer Marc Freud and the Troutbook Company.

The new 12-story Fairfield Marriott opened its doors in the Gowanus Arts building’s backyard in 2011. During the demolition and construction phase of this hotel, Troutbrook Company, the owner/developers of this property, caused damage to our building, which they deny and refuse to pay for. Recently, the Marriott General Manager sent one of our teachers (also a drummer) in our building a “help me or else” email, requesting her support in silencing the “noise pollution” that he claims is coming from our building and is causing his clients to lose sleep.

All manner of musicians have found a rehearsal and performance home at Gowanus Arts since 1985, precisely because it IS located in a non-residential, M1 (Manufacturing) zone.

Gowanus Arts has provided a home to artists and arts enthusiasts of all genres since 1985, including musicians of every stripe. Spoke the Hub and Gowanus Arts have been called a "community staple", "neighborhood treasures" and "one of the most exhilirating art spaces in Brooklyn" for our 34 years of artistic trailblazing in this neighborhood.

Please help us protect the rights of Gowanus Arts musicians to practice and play music whenever they wish within our studio walls. It is important to say "no" to this kind of behind-the-scenes, corporate bullying and strong-arming.. It is time that the Fairfield Marriott make amends and becomes the "good neighbors", "community builders", and "arts supporters" that they advertise themselves as.

Help us encourage the Marriott to solve their own sound-proofing issues in a mutually satisfactory way, and demand they reimburse Gowanus Arts not only for the thousands of dollars of damage they have done to our building, but also for the loss of the grant-funded, $38,000 GROUNDSWELL Mural Project offered to our arts center gratis, yet which they caused to be relocated to another site last summer.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the arts and artists who make this one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country to visit, work, and play in!

Fairfield Marriott - 181 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
Pay Gowanus Arts for the damage you have done to their building; reimburse them for the loss of the $38,000 GROUNDSWELL mural you denied them; find a mutually satisfactory way to resolve your own soundproofing issues; and stop trying to silence our musicians!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Denisa Musilova BROOKLYN, NY
      • 11 months ago

      I am an artist too.

    • Rachel Abbey BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Fairfield should be a good neighbor and step up as part of the community. Will not recommend this place to my out-of-town guests!!

    • valerie thiers-thiam BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      support the arts!

    • Carl Blumenthal BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      If it weren't for the work Gownaus Arts has done over the years in building up the neighborhood, there would be no economic reason for the Marriott locating here. Therefore the Marriott owes Gowanus Arts in more ways than just fixing the damage they have done.

    • Marshall Farr BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      The Marriott should put there money where their mouth is. They talk about being good neighbors but do not always act that way.

      Marc Freud and the Marriot b

      bought property that was relatively cheap and pay relatively low real estate tax because they are in Gowanus, not Brooklyn Heights. This is a commercial neighborhood and it can be noisy. We businesss who have been here a long time accept that. Freud and Co. should spend a little more to triple glaze their windows, and secure that dumpster doors and make everyone happy.


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