Current artists: Amon Azizov, Wei Chen, Qiao Fu, Gao Min, Guo Kun Sheug, Artashes Karslian, Ji Yin Jin, Li Qun, Lin Ruo, Dean Lu, Ren Jien-Guo, Jorge Rivera, Sharif Sadiq, Peter Walsh, Xiang Yue Chuan, Dario Zapata, Zhuang Xuemin

Organized by Peter Walsh, Ongoing.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction – Protests to Begin Monday Morning.

Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Sullivan has declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of the new NYC Park Rules designed to dramatically reduce the number of artists working at key locations in city parks. Artist protests will begin Monday morning at 6am in Union Square Park in Manhattan. Stay tuned for details soon.

Although it is disappointing that the judge failed to rule against the new park rules, history suggests that this is just the beginning of the latest round of battles over artists’ use of public space. For example, artists have previously been denied injunctions by judges and then have gone on to win their lawsuits. Lawyers for the current artist lawsuits, Lederman et al v. New York City Department of Parks and Recreation et al and Diane I. Dua et a. v. New York City Department of Parks and Recreation et al, will appeal the preliminary injunction denial immediately. The cases themselves are still very open.

To see the full text of the judge's ruling, click here:

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