Maspeth space planning series of summer art events
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 26, 2014 | 4399 views | 0 0 comments | 213 213 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Knockdown Center (Photo by Ariana Page Russell)
Knockdown Center (Photo by Ariana Page Russell)
Pop-star MIA may play two shows at the controversial Knockdown Center on May 8 and 9.

Tyler Meyers, manager of the Knockdown Center at 52-19 Flushing Ave., said while the show is not confirmed yet with the two-time Grammy-nominated artist, the Knockdown Center is planning a series of summer concerts and art events.

“It is not confirmed yet to my knowledge, but that would be one of a variety of events that would happen at that time,” Meyers said, adding that there are also plans in the works for a performance by dancer Lindsey Drury, choreographer Michou Szabo and sculptor Joel Shapiro.

Following news of a 5,000-person assembly application filed by the owners of Knockdown Center, Community Board 5 unanimously voted to approve a letter in opposition,

However, Meyers clarified that, “we do not have an assembly permit, but we do have a construction permit saying yes, if you would like to do it this way, then it is appropriate.”

CB5 district manager Gary Giordano said the last he heard was the public assembly permit was denied.

“I was told Friday that their public assembly request for a 5,000-person permit was denied,” said Community Board 5 district manager Gary Giordano. “I haven’t checked that, but that’s what I was told.”

In addition to the assembly permit, owners of the center have also been awaiting the approval of a 600-person liquor license with the State Liquor Authority.

“The question becomes, depending on how many people they’re selling tickets to, is what is a safe occupancy there?” Giordano said after learning about the rumored show. “They can do a certain number of events a year and I think the number is four.”

Giordano added that the neighborhood would be in for a shock with a music icon like MIA, adding, “I don’t think they’ve done anything as big as what this could be.”

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