performance crackdown at WSP

Washington Square Park Music Volume: Opinions Build in Crescendo | Report back on Last Week's Public Hearing

Washington Square Park Music Volume: Opinions Build in Crescendo | Report back on Last Week’s Public Hearing

June 11, 2015

Community Board 2 held a public hearing last week on volume levels of music at the park. This is an issue that C.B.2 has brought up before – although curiously, over the seven years I have been writing this blog, it is only in the last two years that this been deemed an issue of any […]

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Amidst Confusion, Community and Performers to City's Parks Department: Commit in Writing -- No "Performance Crackdown" at Washington Square, and all NYC Parks

Amidst Confusion, Community and Performers to City’s Parks Department: Commit in Writing — No “Performance Crackdown” at Washington Square, and all NYC Parks

May 2, 2013

Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro came before the Parks Committee of Community Board 2 last night at downtown’s Grace Church Tuttle Hall to address the many conflicting things being reported about whether performers at Washington Square Park specifically, but other parks generally, will begin (again) being targeted and ticketed for performing beginning May 8th. […]

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Will Performance Crackdown - Ticketing and Fining of Entertainers and Buskers - Be Reinstated at WSP?

Will Performance Crackdown – Ticketing and Fining of Entertainers and Buskers – Be Reinstated at WSP?

June 7, 2012

This blog broke the story on May 10th — “City Reverses course of performance crackdown at Washington Square Park – no more fining of “entertainers and buskers”” — and all seemed right in the world. So, I was not sure what to think when I got the word yesterday from artist and activist (and artists’ […]

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City Reverses Course on Performance Crackdown at Washington Square Park - No More Ticketing and Fining of "Entertainers and Buskers"

City Reverses Course on Performance Crackdown at Washington Square Park – No More Ticketing and Fining of "Entertainers and Buskers"

May 10, 2012

Updated Updated May 11th, 1:04 p.m. — In a victory for the community and park goers, the New York City Parks Department has quietly reversed their policy of ticketing and fining of musicians within 50 feet of the fountain or monument (such as the Arch, Garibaldi) or 5 feet from benches in Washington Square Park. […]

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Community Board 2 Letter to Parks Commissioner: Parks Department Rules at Washington Square "Overly Restrictive and Unnecessary"

Community Board 2 Letter to Parks Commissioner: Parks Department Rules at Washington Square "Overly Restrictive and Unnecessary"

February 2, 2012

At its recent full board meeting, Community Board 2 passed a resolution opposing the city Parks Department’s rules that instigated the recent performance crackdown at WSP. The letter below – which the entire board signed on to – was sent to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe on January 20th. According to CB 2 Chair Brad Hoylman […]

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WSP Performance Crackdown; NYU Expansion on CB2 Parks Committee Agenda Tonight, Thurs. Jan. 12th

WSP Performance Crackdown; NYU Expansion on CB2 Parks Committee Agenda Tonight, Thurs. Jan. 12th

January 12, 2012

Updated – The WSP performance crackdown is on the agenda at tonight’s Community Board 2 Parks Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 25 Carmine Street, Father Demo Hall (enter on Bleecker) [venue has been changed from what was previously announced]. The addressing of the controversial new rules (on hold temporarily) is now […]

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Alternate View on Performers at WSP - Time Limits?

Alternate View on Performers at WSP – Time Limits?

January 12, 2012

The WSP performance crackdown has, seemingly, temporarily subsided and will be addressed at the CB2 Parks Committee meeting tonight. In the meantime, a neighbor, Seth W. who lives at 2 Fifth Avenue wrote in as follows: I live in 2 Fifth and face the arch and have always enjoyed the music echoing in but now […]

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New York Daily News: Musicians performing again at Washington Square

New York Daily News: Musicians performing again at Washington Square

January 2, 2012

New York Daily News, January 1st: Street artists say they’re performing again without fear of big fines in Washington Square Park Artists who had been slapped with huge fines for performing in Washington Square Park say the rule is no longer being enforced — and many of their outstanding tickets were suddenly dismissed. “Maybe they […]

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Villager on CB2's "Washington Square Speak Out" Hearing On Performance Crackdown

Villager on CB2's "Washington Square Speak Out" Hearing On Performance Crackdown

December 28, 2011

I was going to write up my own impressions of the Community Board 2 Public hearing – “Washington Square Speak Out” – held on December 19th on the performance crackdown at WSP. However, Albert Amateau at The Villager did such a great job reporting on the meeting that I’ve excerpted his piece, A symphony of […]

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On Public Space: The Privatized Union Square Holiday Market and the Performance Crackdown at Washington Square

On Public Space: The Privatized Union Square Holiday Market and the Performance Crackdown at Washington Square

December 15, 2011

As word of the performance crackdown at Washington Square Park spread in October, Parks Department spokesperson Phil Abramson told the Villager: “At Washington Square Park the existing regulations are intended to keep paths clear and allow all park users to move about freely and see monuments and views,” said Philip Abramson. He confirmed that performers […]

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