A meeting will be held this Tuesday evening about the concerts at the Forest Hills Stadium. Here is an email that is being sent to some residents by a group called "Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills" about the upcoming meeting:
The Forest Hills stadium just announced its full summer schedule – 8 concerts, possibly nine. (See dates and details below).
A meeting about the concerts will be held this coming Tuesday (April 21) at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy, 70-01 Kessel Street. The meeting has been organized by the 112th Precinct, and the promoters, tennis club representatives, and local politicians will be there.
We urge everyone to attend.
Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills does not oppose the concerts. But the number of concerts is growing significantly each year, and there are currently no clear limits of any kind. We believe that the impact on the neighborhood should be minimized, the city's noise code obeyed, and people in the neighborhood who want to attend the concerts should be consistently offered advance access to tickets.
Here are some things you should know:
Three concerts in one weekend – According to the schedule just announced, there will be concerts on May 28th, 29th, and 30th
Two concerts on school nights -- Thursday May 28th and Sunday June 21st
Later start dates – Some of the scheduled concerts start at 7:30 p.m. One (The Who and Joan Jett) involves two different acts. It is unclear how such events will end by 10 p.m. and whether that limit is still being enforced.
Noise Code violations - As a result of our efforts, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) took noise readings last year. Copies of those readings obtained by attorney Doug Gilbert under the Freedom of Information Law show what we believe to be violations of the city’s noise code every single concert last season. But the promoters and the tennis club were cited only once for excessive decibel levels.
The promoters and tennis club have said they will install acoustical barriers to get the noise levels down this season. We support that effort, but it is not clear how much work is actually being done and whether it will be effective.
Advance Ticket Purchase Problems -- As a result of our efforts last year, the promoters agreed to an advance ticket purchase option for neighborhood residents. But we have heard that some residents who registered last year did not receive emails offering them tickets for The Who and other concerts announced so far this season. If you have had such a problem, please let us know.
A Small Effort On Your Part Can Make a Big Difference
We believe the concert promoters have the financial and professional ability to do right by the neighborhood and still make a healthy profit. But they will only do so if you make your voice heard now.
So please -- come to the meeting. It’s now clear that these events are going to have a profound effect on our neighborhood for many years to come. It is important that we get this right now, before it is too late.
If you would like to get involved and help us advocate on behalf of the neighborhood, please email us at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. And please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for our mailing list by emailing us at this address.
on behalf of Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills
List of concert dates: (based on the Forest Hills stadium web site:)
05/28 ED SHEERAN
05/29 ED SHEERAN
05/30 THE WHO HITS 50!
06/19 VAN MORRISON WITH SPECIAL GUEST TAJ MAHAL
06/21 D'ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD
08/04 JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND
09/19 ALABAMA SHAKES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
A web site called jambands.com listed one additional concert not found on the forest hills stadium site:
August 6—New York Pops with Sutton Foster