***NOTE:Washington Square Park, contrary to the disinformation campaign by the Parks Department, will absolutely be affected by this new rule.If you want to understand why this rule will eliminate almost 100%of the performers in Washington Sq Park, SEE this report on theentire issue:
New rule limits NYC's street musicians April 22, 2013 NEWSDAYBy MARIA ALVAREZA city park tradition in which musicians have performed freely inManhattan's open spaces will be limited under a new rule that takeseffect May 8 and classifies them as vendors.The rule, which includes mandating that musicians perform on 100 spotsin which a medallion is embedded in concrete, will be enforced by Park Enforcement Patrol and NYPD officers. Violators could receive asummons and a $250 fine.An appeal on the new rule that labels musicians as vendors is pendingin federal court filed by Artists Response to Illegal State Tactics, agroup of 2,000 artists and musicians.The new rule will apply in certain sections of Central Park, BatteryPark, the High Line and Union Square Park, which are popular venuesfor musicians who depend on donations to earn a living.Under the new park regulation, vendors are considered "sellers or solicitors of donations in exchange for tangible items, such as paintings, books, or photographs."Philip Abramson, a park spokesman, said, "It was always our intentthat the rules include performers and entertainers who seek donationswithin the definition of an expressive matter vendor, the rules willnow state that explicitly."But Robert Lederman, president of ARTIST, said"This is taking away my rights and my living." Lederman, 62,said the new rule "is not a clarification." "It is about the privatization of public space."He said space at Union Square Park, where artists and musicians once performed, now is being rented to vendors.Under the new rule, musicians will have to adhere to regulations suchas only performing on medallion spots; at least 5 feet away from a park bench, and 50 feet from a statue.