Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe on Performance Crackdown At WSP — What he said… What he meant…

In last week’s Clyde Haberman column in the New York Times “A Word to the ‘Wise and Honest’ on Washington Square Park” which addressed the performance crackdown, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe was quoted as follows and we’ve interpreted his comment for you here at WSP Blog

What he said:

The commissioner of parks and recreation, Adrian Benepe, in a ’60s music moment of his own, said the balance was between the performers and those who go to the park to “enjoy the sounds of silence or the trees blowing in the wind.”

What he meant:

Adrian Benepe, in a 60s music moment of his own, said the balance was between the performers and those who go to the park to “enjoy the sounds of silence” (except for police vehicles driving through and the crash of construction machinery) “or the (dead and dying) trees blowing in the wind.”

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2 thoughts on “Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe on Performance Crackdown At WSP — What he said… What he meant…

  1. What is going on? why did they pick on this guy- sounds very innocuous to me.
    Public art should be encouraged. All the stuff that goes down and this is what they find the energy to do. I will write to the mayor

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for writing.What is going on…indeed. It would be great if you reach out to the mayor re: Johan, living statue on the Arch. I suppose I can see how they build a case in their minds (with privatized and Parks Dept. forces weighing in…) but that does not mean it makes any sense. Reaching out to the current mayor sounds good. Thanks.

      Cathryn

      p.s. will write more to you separately.

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