I was all ready to keep my big mouth shut, then I was ready to leave it on a previous post, and now that I've been given all three sides of the issue, I bring it here for public comment should you so choose.
We all know about Googamooga, right? In this blogger's opinion, the Greek Giggle Miggle was a halfway decent music fest, decent little food and wine event featuring local restaurants, and had all the charm of State Fair. The park netted some money, a lot of people lamented the crass use of the park. But my take was that the Park took a chance on raising much needed funds in a fun way. The weather crapped on the event in its second year, vendors lost tons of dough, and most folks suspect the organizers won't risk a third calamitous year. We'll see.
Now comes Nickagooga, the Nickelodeon sponsored even on the very same Nethermead - holy land to this blogger, for its being not the Long Meadow and for off the beaten path pleasantness. Once again, a week of preparations have led to scenes like this, shot by artist and pal Noel Hefele:
So then I get a bunch in the ol' girl-pants and write this:
Okay, three things. I was challenged by a commenter so I wrote this
about the Nethermead being closed down again. This time to celebrate the
love that is Nickelodeon. About Nick's Get Out and Play day...
I have a call into our friend at the Park to find out how much
they'll be making. Anything less than a quarter million net and my
stomach is prepared to launch my lunch.
Think about the cynical
reality - the station most associated with obesity and commercialism of
childhood is going "dark" for three hours in order to get kids to go
outside. To the Nethermead, which has been made pretty un-playable for a week, a
place that kids love to run around, as my own did last weekend. As if
they need to be TOLD to play outside by the company that keeps them inside. In order to sell more schlock and
pump up the brands of an MTV offshoot. The bands? Insipid and focus-grouped to the nth.
To which the Park's position is basically that the Park is for all sorts of things, even cynical marketing opportunities dressed as playdates, 35,000 tickets have been snapped up, kids will dig it for sure, and this makes me wonder if I'm just crotchety aesthete (ass-thete? like an athlete who has a talented posterior?) for preaching what people should and shouldn't do with their Park. And this is probably true. I don't speak for everyone, just me. If most Brooklynites think this is a good use of the space, then there it is.
Interestingly, the Park feels it got a great deal out of the Krate Kooga Nooga - a walkway got finished, cash changed hands, the organizers footed the bill for cleanup and restoration (the meadow does look pretty good, it's true). And again, there's that thing I keep coming back to...try new stuff and see what works.
Personally, I'd rather they just do benefit concerts like BRIC does for Summerstage. Or paid benefit events of some kind. I don't like that it's Nickelodeon though. And I absolutely hate that they're getting millions of dollars of marketing for such cynical pursuits.
And still I wonder, yes I wonder, who'll stop the rain? No that's John Fogerty. I mean still I wonder, yes I wonder...would their be massive protests if this thing was held on the Long Meadow? Perhaps we'll never know, as our Nethermead has been designated the commercial guinea pig.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.