[Update 1: The tenants of the well kept 260 Water Street building are very unhappy about the party and the organizer did not request the space on the roof for the party.]
[Update 2: It’s come to my attention that the person who organized the party did not live in the building or planned the party with a resident. This was an illegal event and the police was called out of concern for the safety of the people there. No one knows the building’s ability to hold that much weight on the roof, nor do we ever want to find out. It’s unfortunate that the residents of 260 Water were subject to the noise and invasion by the organizer. According to one resident, who commented on whoscaught.blogspot.com, the actions of the organizer put a lot of people in danger. It’s worth posting the whole comment here:
“I live at 260 water street.
The party was halted as no one involved with the event lives in the building. So the building was taken over. This is an illegal event. The police were also called, as there was serious concern on how much weight/bodies the roof could actually hold.
People were everywhere in the building, knocking on doors..Asking to use the bathroom. That was a lot of fun for single ladies that live alone and families with babies. And because you all would not leave.. A party where you had no connection to anyone in the building.. The sirens by the police became necessary. That was rough on everyone.
So in a day when we lock our doors to keep people out who have no connections to any tenants…we have 250 + strangers in our house. And the topper……no one had the decency to clean up!
Can you think of this happening in your building? Or your house, or your parents home? It’s a home invasion. Were not in high school, or university… It looked like most people at the party were all young professionals…. there was little damage, no fights.. But the fact that everyone was not invited…. that’s not the expected behavior of professionals. Seems there is still a lot of growing up to do.
[name withheld] the host who sent out the evite, may at one time been hooking up with someone in the building, but she is not a legal tenant and has no rights to throw a party at this building. Her thoughtless act has upset all the people here and put you and your friends in danger from a roof collapse. She has been contacted numerous times to make thinks right .. Simply by taking responsibility for her actions and clean the roof.
She has chosen to be silent, another so called young professional with no backbone. By the way that is called a Paper Pro! Looks good on paper, can’t stand up in the real world! And now because of your actions, your reputation is damaged as well.
So at this time we are perusing all legal options against her with the police and HR of her professional job at [name withheld].
Its sad that it’s come this far and many people have to spend effort on this.
Damn I love a good party, crazier the better. But not when it harms others.
Just wanted to let you know the whole story. Thank You”]
[Update 3: Names have been withheld due to pending investigations. Names in comments have been removed.]
This past Saturday (23-Aug-08), a rooftop takeover party on the 260 Water Street building was cut short. There was a report that a former tenant invited 1000 people to party on the roof, but after a ‘few hundred’ people gathered on the roof, someone called the police. According to the invite:
Last year word got out about the party pretty early, and the turnout was great! And we had a blast. But it got so good that eventually a cop showed up with 5 of his friends who peacefully informed us that we didn’t have to go home but…
So, this year we’re doing a takeover. Which is why you’re getting this email today and not a month ago. Let your people know and get ready for the hottest party of the summer. We have a few rules that we’ll let you know about later in the week but for now, get your gear ready, pick out your bottle and tell your people to be on time b/c if you show up with the CP time crowd at 1:30 and are “peacefully escorted” off the roof an hour later, you can’t say we didn’t warn you!
I guess impromptu summer parties can’t be easily done anymore even in the usually quiet/deserted area of Vinegar Hill.
(Photo courtesy of Caught Up)