Carol Rinzler, our contact at 250+ Friends of NYC Parks, brings to our attention new Parks & Recreation Department rules that would impose time and place restrictions on artists who wish to display their work — “expressive matter” — “in or on any property under the jurisdiction of the Department.”
The rules support the 30-year-old private-public partnership deal the City made with the Central Park Conservancy, and subsequently with similar groups, to give them substantial control over revenue production (vending) in major parks. Such control enables them to raise funds to maintain those parks. Artists have skirted any restrictions by asserting their First Amendment rights. The proposed rules would impose limits on this.
Some of the language in the rules suggests that they are aimed specifically at Robert Lederman, an artist whose repeated attempts to display his work on the High Line Esplanade in Chelsea were met with arrest.
More on this and the message we received from 250+ Friends of NYC Parks can be found after the break. The proposed new rules and a notice of the required April 23rd public hearing can be found here.
Update: NY1 covered this story on March 27. Here‘s the link. Continue reading
Posted in parks
Tagged 1st Amendment, 250+ friends of NYC parks, expressive matter, First Amendment, High Line, NYC Government, NYC Parks, NYC Parks & Recreation, parks, Privatization, public-private partnership, Robert Lederman
Two Event Notices from 250+ Friends
(with apologies to Ogden Nash)
In an essay they call “The Five Cs,” the concerned New Yorkers who head the parks advocacy organization, “250+ Friends of Parks,” remind our readers about the possibility that a charter revision this year could try to eliminate community boards. Our own take is that ultimately, a Bloomberg 2010 charter revision commission will not move to eliminate community boards entirely, but can be expected to propose changes that will limit their scope or effectiveness.
The Five Cs piece is after the break, linked to a City Hall News article by Dan Rivoli about new City Council Government Operations Committee Chair Gale Brewer. As Rivoli notes, Brewer may be in favor of eliminating Council lulus, a change we think could strengthen mayoral power at the expense of the Council. Continue reading
Posted in 2010 NYC Charter Revision, Community Boards
Tagged 2010 charter revision, 250+ friends of NYC parks, 250+ friends of parks, Carol Greitzer, Carol Rinzler, Carol Schachter, City Council lulus, Gale Brewer, Gary Papush, Jo Anne Simon, New york City council, NY City Council, NY community boards, Patricia Dolan