City Art Vendors Protest New Park Regulations

Monday, July 19, 2010

Over 100 New York City artists are expected to gather in Union Square on Monday to protest new regulations limiting the number of art vendors in Manhattan's parks.

The new rules would go into place on Monday and would place a 120-vendor limit on the number of people who sell their wares in parts of Central Park, Union Square Park, Battery Park and the High Line Park. In addition to placing a cap on the number of vendors in New York City parks, the new rules also require vendors to sell their work in designated 8 x 3-foot spots.

Two artists have already filed a free speech lawsuit to block the regulations. But on Friday, a federal judge ruled the new policy did not appear to violate free speech rights. 

Currently, some 300 art vendors sell merchandise in the parks where the law will go into effect.

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