Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As New York Goes, So Goes.......

This ugly scene may soon be in NYC's Union Square
Restauranteur Danny Meyer is an important fellow...he is a personal friend of NYC's Mayor Bloomberg and is the co chair of the Business Improvement District (BID) the Union Square Economic Development Corporation , a group planning a restaurant on the public property of Union Square.The above picture is his food stand on the public property of Madison Square Park.  State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is making noise: “In neighborhoods like Union Square which are starved for green space but already overwhelmed by dining choices, it is terrible public policy to continue to transform municipal parkland into a commercial engine.”

Our artist activist in NYC, Robert Lederman , pres. A.R.T.I.S.T (Artist's Response To Illegal State Tactics) tells us that a recent city report shows that "You get to the real deal about why the city wants street artists eliminated from it's parks. It's all about real estate values.They want more special events, concessions, Greenmarkets and revenue producing things - at the cost of free speech"

In plain language, the Bloomberg Administration is giving away park space to the highest bidder.

1 comment:

  1. We went to Shake Shack last summer when Dave and I were in NY. Didn't quite get the fascination... the line was around the park... I can not see where they could fit one in Union Park Sq anyway. What a backroom scam of a proposal. Where is the public outrage?