No Permits? Watsamatta?
The city has rejected as incomplete a street closure application for 18th Avenue filed by the Santa Rosalia Society, the 70-something-year-old Italian-American social club that sponsors the feast. Apparently, the city couldn't find some important tax documents, which the society insists it filed already.
The club has re-submitted the application, but members fret that the permit may not arrive in time for the end-of-August event.
The feast had to be cancelled in 2011 due to permit and organizational problems. Although it resumed in 2012, the neighborhood's shrinking Italian population and recurring paperwork problems have the club's members weighing their options. Some want to hire an event company to run the feast, like the San Gennaro festival in what was once Manhattan's Little Italy; others haven't given up yet on getting the younger generation to take over running the feast.
Supporters of the feast, including local City Council Member Vinnie Gentile, have tried to reassure the community that it hasn't been cancelled yet, but the uncertainty will probably dampen turnout.
The post from Bensonhurst Bean.
The post from the Brooklyn Paper.
Postscript: the permits came through in time. The festival will go on [Daily News.]
Posted by Kip at Friday, August 16, 2013