New Yorkers are PISSED that all the commercial events at the Lincoln Center, specifically the seemingly endless fashion weeks, are keeping them from playing frisbee and using their dogs to meet good-looking strangers at the Center's Damrosch Park!
In fact, residents and environmental activists are so STARK RAVING MAD that they've filed suit against the city and Lincoln Center for "limiting public access to Damrosch Park" and holding commercial events, including fashion week and the Big Apple Circus, for 10 months out of the year.
The plaintiffs also argue that the $32 million generated by the Lincoln Center from all of the events is NOT going back into the city like it's supposed to, but instead benefiting the Center itself.
In a statement, NYC Park Advocates, a nonprofit watchdog group, said:
“These actions constitute an illegal alienation of Damrosch Park in violation of the New York State Public Trust Doctrine and other laws."
Kate O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, told the New York Times:
"The city is awaiting formal service of the suit and will review it carefully. Fashion Week is an important part of the city’s cultural and economic fabric, generating $865 million each year while also creating fashion-related jobs."
They have quite a fight ahead of them!
Two years ago, when NYFW was moved from Bryant Park to the Lincoln Center, the 1 subway train line was renamed the Fashion Line (above) in its honor.
How do you compete with Diane von Furstenberg and Mayor Bloomberg?
We sure as heck wouldn't want to!
[Image via MEINRADphotography/WENN.com]
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