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Booze Cruise Shooting Sparks Petition To Kick Boat Out Of The Bay

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A weekend shooting on the Golden Sunshine, a dinner-cruise boat featuring alcohol-fueled late-night parties, has led fed up residents to launch a petition for the boat’s relocation.

Brooklyn Daily covered the shooting:

Gunfire punctuated a rowdy booze cruise in Sheepshead Bay last week when party-goers got into a tussle on Emmons Avenue, rattling neighbors who say the frequent bashes on the boat are getting out of control.

The trouble started when two men began arguing before the Golden Sunshine, a party ship advertised as “One big boat filled with all bad [female dogs],” set sail around midnight on Oct. 8, according to Kemar Wilson, whose entertainment company rents out the 350-person catamaran for weekend parties.

One of the angry combatants stayed behind, Wilson said, and when the double-decker ship returned three hours later, he confronted his rival and fired the weapon into the air near the boat’s berth at Pier Two, on Emmons between Bedford Avenue and E. 26th Street.

No one was injured in the shooting. The NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information responded to Sheepshead Bites’ request for information by confirming that officers responded to the incident, but found no evidence of ballistics, no suspect, no witnesses and no victim – in effect, no evidence that shots were fired.

Still, in addition to Wilson’s account to the Brooklyn Daily, neighbors say that gunshots certainly rang out that night.

“I and my family and neighbors were awakened around 3 a.m. to loud gunfire, like a shotgun blasts,” recounted a resident who lives near Pier Two, where the Golden Sunshine docks. The resident asked not to have his name published out of concern for his family’s safety. “I came out only to be told by numerous cops to get back inside the house. My neighbor saw a man yielding a shotgun right in front of our homes and we heard three blasts. Cops searched our backyards and moved on towards Shore Parkway. People were screaming on Emmons Avenue.”

The booze-cruises – and the crowd that it brings – have been a frequent complaint at 61st Precinct Community Council meetings, as well as meetings of the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association. In recent years, the precinct has bulked up manpower on Emmons Avenue, but the city has not attempted to limit the activities of the boat operators or party promoters, nor have they indicated willingness to remove them from the Bay. All of the marine vessels that use the Parks Department-owned piers along Emmons Avenue pay the city for the privilege.

The city’s lack of action has taken its toll on fed up neighbors, who are now circulating a petition to residents who live near the piers to have the Golden Sunshine – which they say is a frequent offender – moved to the western end of the Bay, or kicked out altogether.

“His clientele have been destroying our quality of life all summer,” the resident told Sheepshead Bites via e-mail. “We have had it up to our eyeballs with his ‘clients’ parking in hydrants, blocking our driveways, stashing their booze bottles in our shrubs, peeing in our doorways and now gunfire!”

The resident did not say how readers could sign his petition.

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  1. PLEASE. 61st precinct will do nothing to help force the boat to relocate or booze cruises to stop……………that is because several in the family who owns the boat are  cops and are well connected.  FACT!

  2. SB has always had a problem when they started with the party boats.  There were always shootings.  That is why we really don’t have any more booze cruises.  I didn’t know that the Golden Sunshine did them.  At one point, these boats were not allowed to leave the docks.

  3. Sounds like residents are asking for a new business-strangling, job-killing government regulation!
    Perhaps Rep. Turner’s office would be willing to help with that…

  4. That boat is filled with a bunch of Monkeys that come into our neighborhood and yell obscenities at 4am after their Zoo-Booz-Cruise

    tell them to stay in the zoo!

  5. i think the only way you can get a gun now a days…………

    is if your black.

    Dad: here ya go son Happy 14th birthday!
    Kid: Wow!! Dad thanks a Glock!!! that’s what i always wanted to cap some b*tches in the face!
    Dad: now now, don’t be using this all the time, just use it and Extremely important conditions, like robbing a store, or robbing some woman of her ipad.
    Kid: YEA YEA! YEA! Big Poppa’s in da house!
    Dad: stfu

  6. Wow, what took them so long, I was expecting gun fire at these venues much sooner.

    Many-a-time I have passed the line of people getting on this boat and let me tell you something for sure, these people aren’t Russian, or Irish, or Chinese, or Italian.  Okay you got me, they are black.  All of them.  There, I spoiled the ending.  Now, based on the manner of their dress and behavior, and having seen the classic documentary American Pimp, I figured that the pimp convention was in town.  I thought, cool.  Then the next week the same thing happened with the same people and then the same thing every week.  Then I thought to myself, well maybe the NYC Parole Board is holding parties for best rehabilitated ex-convicts  so I scanned the top of the boat for a shotgun-wielding correction officer.  There was none to be seen.  Which inevitably brings us to today.  Of course a shooting can happen between any group of people but let’s be serious, statistically speaking a shooting on this boat was long overdue. Just goes to show you, you can’t mass with the laws of probability.

  7. We don’t need these party boats they are a waste of time trouble, booze, fights, disorderly conduct. Make a mess on the piers busted heads blasting music what happened to the 11pm quiet time?? and what not have you.
    No such thing as a pleasure ride anymore. Years ago when they had the ferry from the bay to breezy point was great. Those days are gone to.

  8. It is you truth? Or it is just tuth this time.

    Well said tuth. In the summer time they are all dressed in white.. from the distance it looks as if white brotherhood is holding it’s rally 🙂

    But seriously .. pissing on peoples doors? Stashing garbage on peoples property? They like a fucking termites, come, eat shit and destroy. I bet they fuck on peoples property as well just like termites 🙂

  9. First time i saw these “brothas” waiting to board,.. i thought… “there goes the neighborhood”. I don’t know what it is, i am not a racist, but they are grown people acting like animals with no regard or respect for anyone around them.  And not only on the bay, i see it on the subways and else where.  Word up yo!

  10. That i said?

    sorry didn’t mean to be racist… Just it looks like now a days the ONLY people who use guns are blacks.  

    Sooooo yea.

  11. The 61 pct has no jurisdiction over these boats.  We would have to go after our local politicians.  They won’t do anything though.

  12. Not only is your Shadow locked, but so is your brain! 
    Where did you get off citing dumb reasoning like ONLY blacks get guns nowadays?
    Show me crime stats that prove half of guns in the U.S. are obtained by blacks.
    If you know how, think before commenting!

  13. Ammm, I think he might have exaggerated on purpose to prove a point, you know like that blacks are much much much more likely to commit a violent crime than another group.  Don’t take things so literally.  Or do you actually order horse chops when the person you are having dinner with says ” I am so hungry I could eat a horse”

  14. Couldn’t agree with you more Gene, especially when it comes to the trains.  Commuting to and from work has become such a f’in joke.  Grown a** people acting like complete disrespectful f***s.  Next they’re gonna bring their guns onto the train with them… assuming they don’t already.

  15. Best thing about riding the trains with such a “diverse” crowd is that those “diverse” individuals always feel the need to play their music out loud (who needs headphones right? I mean everyone WANTS to hear their shitty music…) be extremely loud, and do jungle flips for a quarter…”Evbody no wut time is it!?!?”

  16. No, i’ve been reading some posts from and i keep seeing…

    East new york, some dude shot a cop, some dude shot some other guy,  some dude in bed stye shot someone, some kids shot some dude.

    All those are African American.. aka blacks.

    haven’t read about to many white folks shooting anyone…. wonder why?

    And yes, i was exaggerating…..

  17. What a great way to make a living…running a floating bar
    away from the police or onlookers, getting people drunk (how hard is that!) and then letting others
    on shore deal with any problems.

  18. You know, i tried getting tickets for it…. the bouncers didn’t want to let me threw… saying i’m not one them, can you believe that shit.

  19. The petition to move this boat to the western end of the bay with all the other cruise boats will be circulated at the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting on Nov 1st. Meeting starts at 7:30 pm at (Waterfords) AKA Palm Beach Home For Adults, 2900 Bragg Street. All concerned citizens should attend this meeting. Other important issues will be discussed. 

  20. What a nice DIVERSE group of people that ride these boats, maybe just maybe a special monitor should be appointed (like the one for the FDNY) to make sure there are enough whites on board LOL


  22. There are a couple really nice boats boats on the west end of the Bay, that cater to family oriented parties with clean, well dressed and respectful guests.  Atlantis, Pink Lady, Amberjack all seem to run legitimate cruise lines. 

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