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.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Private Real Estate and Public Parks

Why? Why did the New York City Parks Department create new rules to restrict artists’ access to public parks? Who would want that to happen?

Today’s New York Times gives us a glimpse of who might have an interest. Directly linking private real estate property values to public parks, the article, “As a Park Runs Above, Deals Stir Below” by Alison Gregor, focuses on equity developments in proximity to the High Line, one of four NYC parks effected by the new park rules. The other parks are Battery Park, Union Square Park and the southern half of Central Park.

Of particular note, not mentioned in the article which doesn’t discuss artists at all, is that the High Line was the site of the first of the recent crackdowns on artists by the Parks Department: the illegal arrests of A.R.T.I.S.T. president Robert Lederman and artist Jack Nesbitt in November and December 2009. The Parks Department was forced to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum.


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