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November 29, 2006

MSG employee warns of rowdy fans, noise; ESDC says crowd noise "not... major"

MSG-UrbanRoom.jpgWe cried so hard that we had to laugh at this comment and response highlighted on Atlantic Yards Report today.

The writer [a Madison Square Garden employee], who said he could not give his name, because, "like contracts that are signed with Bruce Ratner, there are speech restrictions included in the contracts with MSG." (The latter is unconfirmed, but there is a record of Ratner gag orders.)

He warned that, after events with younger crowds, drunk patrons crowd the street and carelessly strew garbage. They also treat the streats like they own them, he said, and are quite loud:

In the end, on any number of occasions, it's just one big party in the streets... The proposed Nets Arena is surrounded by dense residential neighborhoods. What can the residents expect before and after events? There needs to be a study that addresses and answers that question.

The Empire State Development Corporation's response?

In general, any crowd noise surrounding the arena would be expected to be masked by noise from vehicles on adjacent streets and would not be a major noise source.

In a nutshell, the increased traffic will drown out the noise from the arena-goers — comforting.

There's more to the comment and official response, so if you're in need of a good cry check it out.

Posted by lumi at November 29, 2006 9:13 AM