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A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics)

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Published on Apr 19, 2010

New York Times, April 16, 2010."Street vendors who have become fixtures at some of Manhattans busiestparks — hawking paintings, kitschy souvenirs and all sorts of ephemera— may find themselves a lonelier crowd, as the Bloombergadministration proposes to cut their numbers by 75 percent. On Friday, the Department of Parks and Recreation is scheduled to holda hearing on a proposal to slice the number of vendors allowed inparts of Central Park and all of Union Square Park, Battery Park andthe High Line Park. If the proposal is approved, as expected, therestrictions would begin to take effect in a month."

New York City is not a hospital operating room, yet Mike Bloomberg is continuing the sterilization campaign that Rudy Giuliani started in Times Square, said Robert Lederman, a longtime foe of Mr. Benepes and the founder of A.R.T.I.S.T., an advocacy group with approximately 2,000 members. And the parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe, sees himself as a real estate agent whos trying to get the maximum price per square foot for all of our public parks.

There will be an artists protest rally this coming Friday at 10 AM, at the Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 West 25th Street, in Manhattan. Following that will be a public hearing and then a decision by the Parks Commissioner on the proposed rules.

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