Booze Boats to Leave Sheepshead Bay Piers, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Announces
In a major victory for the community, three of Sheepshead Bay’s party boats will vacate the Emmons Avenue piers by May 1st and the remaining vessels will be gone in September, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) said today.
In September 2017, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz announced that the city would be implementing an 11 p.m. curfew for the party boats – a move he said was necessary to resolve longstanding community complaints like traffic jams, overcrowding, littering and intoxicated passengers wreaking havoc on the residential neighborhood following late-night cruises. But in recent months City Hall’s plan was becoming increasingly difficult to implement, according to the lawmaker.
“I was disappointed to learn several months ago that the Mayor’s promise to end all late-night boats not going to be fully implemented right away,” he said. “I worked vigorously with City Hall to reach an even better solution.”
“Working with the Mayor’s office, we’ve been able to move three of the seven party boats out of Sheepshead Bay immediately, with the other four boats leaving right after the summer season,” he said. “This is a long-awaited, gratifying victory for a community that has put up with numerous quality of life and public safety issues for many years.”
Three of the boats spending one final summer in Sheepshead Bay will have 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. runs. The fourth boat, the Atlantis, does not offer a late-night trip.
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said he has spoken at length with the 61st Precinct’s commanding officer, Captain James King, who has assured him that the NYPD will have increased coverage in place prior to Memorial Day Weekend. The precinct will provide four additional full-time foot patrols every day (except Tuesday and Wednesday) from 2 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., plus a supplementary eight to 10 cops as needed. Prior to the boats’ 11 p.m. launch, the precinct will have full coverage with sector cars and Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs).
“The 61st Precinct is committed to keeping residents and everyone who visits Sheepshead Bay safe,” said Captain King. “We want everyone to have an enjoyable summer, but safety is our number one priority.”
“We worked with the 61st Precinct and Captain King to ensure that we’ll have more police coverage than we did in previous summers,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. “This has been a coordinated effort with the Mayor’s Office, the Police Commissioner’s office and the 61st Precinct.”
With a plan for the party boats in place, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said he’s looking forward to a quieter summer in Sheepshead Bay and, looking ahead, fully realizing the waterfront community’s potential as a weekend destination for diners, shoppers and families.
“I’m pleased that Mayor de Blasio worked with us and was ultimately responsive to the wishes of the community,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. “Sheepshead Bay is a beautiful, historic waterfront community with an historic past and an even more exciting future.”