[Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) memos we have obtained prove everything stated below.

] The NY Times, Post and Daily News have now been evicted from Union Sq Park and Battery Park. The revised park rules defines newspapers as expressive matter and states they cannot be sold outside of a medallion vending spot the spots set aside for artists in the revised park rules. That's why these newspapers can no longer be sold inside Union Square Park. These park rules are affecting artists, newspapers, musicians, performers, political activists and even religious proselytizers, all of whom now can only be located in one of the medallion vending spots. During their depositions the top Park Enforcement officials admitted all these people would have to compete for one of the 18 spots. From the revised park rules: >>Section 1. Section 1-02 of Title 56 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York is amended to add a new definition to read as follows: Expressive Matter. “Expressive matter” means materials or objects with expressive content, such as newspapers, books, or writings, or visual art such as paintings, prints, photography, or sculpture.<< From the Expressive matter FAQs on the Parks Dept website: >>>Q. Who must follow these new rules? The new rules apply to expressive matter vendors (anyone who sells art, photography, reading material, or sculpture whether original or mass-produced) who operate in City Parks.>>> >>(3) Expressive matter vendors may not vend in the following general areas unless they vend at the specifically designated spots for such vending on the accompanying maps and in compliance with all other applicable Department rules:<< A newspaper vendors cart, handtruck, display or other device is clearly a “display” according to the rules. Another internal PEP memo states that displaying without selling still requires being in a medallion marked vending spot. That means that giving a speech, handing out free bibles or distributing political literature for free requires being in a medallion marked spot. Based on local law 33, passed by the NY City Council in 1982, no vending license or park permit is required to vend newspapers, books or other written matter. This applies on the streets and in all NYC Parks. In 1997 the written matter exemption

was expanded to include visual art by the ruling in Bery/Lederman et al v City of NY. The city attempted to circumvent the exemption in 1998 by creating a parks permit for artists. The permit was overturned in 2001 in Lederman et al v Giuliani. Mayor Bloomberg then attempted to circumvent it again with Intro #160, which failed. The revised park rules are the most recent attempt to violate the written matter exemption. Aimed at artists, the Parks Dept must nevertheless evict newspaper vendors from the 4 parks in order to avoid a 14th Amendment Equal protection challenge. That's exactly why the Times, Daily News and Post are no longer allowed to be sold in these 4 parks. The Smoking Gun in the Parks vs Artists Lawsuit (It’s all about the real estate profits) The City falsely claims that there were no vending rules in place before the 2010 rule revision to use in order to regulate street artists and other written matter vendors in NYC Parks. According to the City’s court documents, and public statements by the Mayor and Park Commissioner, they had to create the new rules banning artists from close to 90% of the locations where they traditionally sold their works, in order to protect public safety and Park aesthetics. According to the Parks Commissioner, previous to the rule revision, artists could just set up “willy nilly” anywhere they liked in Parks and however they liked: Commissioner Benepe interview on the day the revised rules were announced: http://www.ny1.com/6-bronx-news-content/ny1_living/115958/vendors-critique-parksofficials--new-rules-for-street-art According to the Mayor, artists are “hot dog vendors” who imagine themselves to be protected by the First Amendment. Listen to the Mayor on his radio show the day of the Park rules hearing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP8Oq5zsTsw The Mayor further describes his desire to eliminate artists in this recording made in City Hall and complains that the police have no time to summons them: Recording made in City Hall of Mike Bloomberg and Robert Lederman in which the Mayor reveals his true position on street artists. The first part of the recording is Lederman negotiating with NYPD security about the use of the City Hall steps. The Mayor personally intercedes on Lederman’s behalf at 2:40 of the recording:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK-H48IEuHE In reality, the Parks Department has had numerous Park rules and NYC vending laws in place for decades that they were already using on a daily basis to regulate artists and other expressive matter vendors. They’ve issued thousands of summonses to artists in the past few years. Here are 3 of many pieces of evidence demonstrating this: *(1) Proof that the entire stated purpose of the revised rules is a false one. The existing park rules and NYC vending laws were already more than enough to regulate artists and other written matter vendors. From the 2010 public testimony of New Yorkers for Parks, a front group for the Central Park Conservancy and the Parks Dept, that testified in favor of the new rules: "We recognize that regulations applying to vendors, including vendors of expressive material, already exist, particularly relating, for example, to where they can set up relative to Parks property and monuments, walkways, or park entrances and to the permissible size of their displays. New Yorkers for Parks supports the enforcement of the existing regulations uniformly and fairly for both permitted concessions and First Amendment protected vendors." For the original document go here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57283015/DPR-Hearing-Expressive-Matter-VendorsApr232010 *(2) Internal Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP), NYPD and DCA memos specifically describing the vending laws that were being used in NYC Parks prior to 2010 on a daily basis: http://www.scribd.com/doc/56731193/Parks-Enforcement-4-Artists *(3) The top 3 Parks Enforcement officials have now testified to the exact same thing under oath in their depositions. This is the number one legal claim in the Park rules lawsuit; that the revised rules can be revoked and there will still be more than enough laws in place to regulate all expressive matter vendors. If City officials are so obviously lying about the justification for making these new restrictions on artists’ freedom of speech, what is their real reason for evicting so many artists from NYC Parks?

It is totally about raising the real estate values of the residential and commercial properties outside the 4 affected parks (Union Sq, High Line, Central Park, Battery Park). While there is some economic benefit to the City from doing this, the lion’s share of the benefit goes directly to those with the closest financial relationships to the Mayor and the Park Conservancies. If you read the annual reports of the Park conservancies for each of these parks (all of which are filed evidence in the lawsuit) you will see how raising real estate values for some of NYC’s wealthiest developers and property owners is the reason for banning artists from these parks, and most recently, for banning classical musicians from parts of Central Park. Here’s just one of many examples of this real estate value boosting agenda: * Parks used to enhance surrounding real estate values; a study by the Central Park Conservancy: http://www.ny4p.org/pdfs/reports/SupportingOurParksJune8.pdf Or here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33087067/Supporting-Our-Parks-June-8 EXCERPT: "The park [Central Park] added $17.7 billion in incremental value to surrounding properties." Excerpt: NY Times June 5, 2011 The High Line Isn’t Just a Sight to See; It’s Also an Economic Dynamo “But on Friday afternoon, there was Mr. Giuliani’s successor, Michael R. Bloomberg, proclaiming that preserving the High Line as a public park revitalized a swath of the city and generated $2 billion in private investment surrounding the park… Amanda Burden, the city’s planning director, emphasized the boost to property values, saying that in one building that abuts the lower section of the High Line, the price of apartments had doubled since the park opened, to about $2,000 a square foot.” The kind of people who rent luxury apartments for $100,000 a month don’t want to see street artists in “their” parks. Who must be eliminated next to make our public Parks more profitable for the City’s wealthiest real estate developers? The “noise” complaints concerning Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain are from people with multi million dollar Fifth Ave apartments who don’t want to hear classical music unless it’s coming from their own stereo. SEE: NY Times 6/5/2011 No Radios by the Fountain, Please! Or Cellos!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/nyregion/musicians-protest-quiet-zones-in-centralpark.html The complaints about art displays are from billionaire art collectors who don’t want to see artists displaying their art in a nearby park – unless a politically connected art dealer or a politically connected arts foundation installs the art there. Mike Bloomberg lives right across the street from where the artists sell outside the Met Museum. He’s installing art he collects and approves of in parks all over NYC. Park Conservancy and BID directors like Jennifer Falk, Danny Meyer, Doug Blonsky and Joshua David, are making huge salaries, the money for which comes directly from sprawling concessions of junk merchandise, bars and restaurants that they install in the exact locations within NYC Parks where street artists are now banned. * Park conservancy salaries, concessions and corruption http://www.scribd.com/doc/34344075/Park-Conservacy-Salaries-concessions-corruption Artists, musicians and the public’s civil liberties are obstacles to the Bloomberg administration’s version of “progress.” That progress is all about raising the occupancy rates and rental price per sq foot for buildings adjacent to these 4 parks. As stated from day one on this issue, Adrian Benepe is a real estate agent, trying to get the maximum price per sq foot for every inch of these 4 public parks. It is not artists but the Parks Department itself that is congesting these parks and creating a dangerous public safety issue. Robert Lederman artistpres@gmail.com Media coverage, evidence, background materials, videos of the ARTIST protests, text of the Parks Department rules for artists Link to text of revised Parks Department rules for artists as published in The City Record on June 18, 2010: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/rules_and_regulations/rr_rules_regulations.html OR here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33230387/Parks-Dept-Rule-Change-for-artists-6-10-2010 Expressive Matter Vendors FAQ from Parks Department http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/rules_and_regulations/rr_rules_regulations.html Or here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33234963/Expressive-Matter-Vendor-Faq

* Robert Lederman’s written testimony submitted at the Parks Department hearing on 4/23/2010. Has numerous photos as evidence of the real Parks Department agenda of privatization and concessions replacing artists. Provides an overview of entire history of the issue and this lawsuit http://www.scribd.com/doc/32399532/Lederman-Testimony-Submitted-to-Parks * Bloomberg on artists’ rights and free expression in NYC. The Mayor lauds a Chinese artist who is now imprisoned for his political views in one of the exact locations street artists are now banned. Apparently, the Mayor did not realize that Ai WeiWei was himself formerly a NYC street artist who left the US in disgust due to the repression of artists’ rights he experienced on the streets of NY. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRlUeVoVXOI **** NY1 News 03/27/2010 In his first public statement on this issue, Park Comissioner Benepe blames Robert Lederman for new park rules http://www.ny1.com/6-bronx-news-content/ny1_living/115958/vendors-critique-parksofficials--new-rules-for-street-art Also see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Gg95vrF8I *2010 Holiday Vending Market in Union Square Park http://www.scribd.com/doc/42641529/Holiday-Market-2010-USP * Garbage left behind by 2010 USP Holiday Market Evidence to prove in court that the Park rules were written as a pretext to get rid of artists and replace them with vending concessions. Public safety and park aesthetics are the very last thing concerning the Parks Dept or the park conservancies that were behind the rules. Photos http://www.scribd.com/doc/46172874/Union-Square-Park-Debris Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC_mEixoJ7U * Park conservancy salaries, concessions and corruption http://www.scribd.com/doc/34344075/Park-Conservacy-Salaries-concessions-corruption * Summary of the basic issue http://www.scribd.com/doc/31614042/Parks-Department-vs-Street-Artists-With-Photos ***Who is really causing congestion in Union Square Park? Is it

artists or the Parks Department’s corporate events, vending concessions and the Greenmarket? Watch these 2 comparison videos and decide for yourself: 5/30/2010 Taiwan Festival in USP and artists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr4i_SHUj6I 5/22/2010 Greenmarket and artists in USP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVsv_E1Iqc * Sukkah City competition Union Square Park 9/19/2010 photos by R Lederman http://www.scribd.com/doc/37732963/Sukkah-City-Competition-Union-Square-Park-919-2010 Video of Sukkah City by R Lederman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur8xED6pwUY Bloomberg and Sukkah City http://www.scribd.com/doc/37885177/Bloomberg-Sukkah-City *Union Sq Greenmarket violates all park rules for public safety http://www.scribd.com/doc/33300320/Union-Square-Park-Green-Market-6-19-2010-byRL http://www.scribd.com/doc/33894120/Evidence-File-4 * Union Sq Park Greenmarket maps Compare the amount of space for them vs for artists http://www.scribd.com/doc/33318520/Union-Sq-Park-GreenMarket-Maps * Union Square Partnership solicits for corporations http://www.scribd.com/doc/34643226/UNion-Sq-Partnership-Solicits-for-Corporations *Parks Dept solicits for 55 more food carts in NYC Parks http://www.scribd.com/doc/46764932/Specialty-Carts-235-RFP-FINAL *Parks Dept solicits for even more food carts at the same time they are trying to eliminate artists http://www.scribd.com/doc/48376954/GreenCart-Solicitation-PARKS * Parks Dept solicits for more tee shirt concessions http://www.scribd.com/doc/54913668 * Solicitation for High Line food concessions http://www.scribd.com/doc/54913666

* High Line book carts http://www.scribd.com/doc/54913665 * Central Park survey on number of visitors IMPORTANT (shows that the Central Park Conservancy not artists is causing any increase in congestion) http://www.scribd.com/doc/54913660 * Union Square Partnership BID promotes 60 restaurants, 20 wineries where artists now banned http://www.scribd.com/doc/36010343/USP-Restaruant-Promo *High Line now to include bars http://www.scribd.com/doc/54781818/Get-Drunk-on-the-High-Line-This-Summer-WithColicchio * Park privatization expose http://www.scribd.com/doc/36086576/Park-Privatization-Expose *Parks Department Exploits Public Monuments to Advertise NBCTV Show http://www.scribd.com/doc/46410640/Monuments-Used-for-Advertising-by-Parks *Central Park Conservancy selling the exact same merchandise they arrest hundreds of vendors for selling http://www.scribd.com/doc/47599220/CP-Conservancy-GIFTS *National Guard recruitment USP 6/29/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsGdW2OkRxs * Corporate promotions part A USP 6/29/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIAkL3V2IqM * Corporate promotions part B USP 6/29/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7tghq1sJyw * High Line-TARGET fashion show http://www.scribd.com/doc/36010575/HighLine-Target-Fasion-Show * Lederman v PEP officers Union Sq Park 7/3/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J0QDABS8r0&feature=related * Marked spots for artists in Union Sq Park are both illegal (according to the new park rules) and totally useless for vending http://www.scribd.com/doc/33889545/Evidence-File-5-Mock-Set-Ups * Three videos of marked vending spots in Union Sq Park showing that

they are unusable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDHJT8J4CsA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiqf9pQ8FX0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrEjTl7xGaA *Union Square Park Evidence files by Miriam West http://www.scribd.com/doc/36736065/Evidence-File-15 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737634/M-West-Evidence-File-1 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737585/Evidence-File-13-2 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737504/Evidence-File-12 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737500/Evidence-File-11 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737452/Evidence-File-10 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737433/Evidence-File-8B-7-28-10 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737385/Evidence-File-8A-7-28-10 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737378/Evidence-File-7 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737366/Evidence-File-5-Mock-Set-Ups http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737312/Evidence-File-4 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737281/Evidence-File-3 http://www.scribd.com/doc/36737272/Evidence-File-2 * Parks Department solicits for huge Christmas Tree vending concessions that violate all public safety rules http://www.scribd.com/doc/34149564/Christmas-Tree-2010 * Parks Department solicits for more food carts in Central Park http://www.scribd.com/doc/49969656/Central-Park-Con-Sessions-RFP * Central Park Conservancy merchandise http://www.scribd.com/doc/47599220/CP-Conservancy-GIFTS * Park Commissioner Benepe promotes Shake Shack chain, owned by Danny Meyer, founder of the Union Square Partnership BID http://www.scribd.com/doc/36256635/Benepe-Danny-Meyer-Promote-Shake-Shack * Union Square Park congestion caused by the BID and corporations not by artists. http://www.scribd.com/doc/36257416/USP-Pedestrian-Congestion-Caused-byCorporations * How NYC Street Artists Won Our Rights http://www.scribd.com/doc/30543412/How-NYC-Street-Artists-Won-Our-Rights * Times Square BID Solicits for Vending Concessions in Pedestrian Mall

http://www.scribd.com/doc/30775181/Times-Sq-BID-Concession-RFP * Request for BIDs for new Union Sq Park Café http://www.scribd.com/doc/31557560/Union-Square-Cafe-and-Kiosk-RFP-28FINAL-29 * Parks Department/Union Sq Partnership BID Solicits for 200 stand Holiday Market Vending Concession in Union Square Park http://www.scribd.com/doc/30773226/Union-Square-Holiday-Market-Solicitation * Shake Shack causes far more congestion than 100 artists would, Madison Sq Park – video by Joel Kaye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k9CEhZKGs0 * Columbus Circle Holiday Vending Market http://www.scribd.com/doc/33967392/Columbus-Circle-Holiday-Market-2010Application * Parks used to enhance surrounding real estate values http://www.ny4p.org/pdfs/reports/SupportingOurParksJune8.pdf Or here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33087067/Supporting-Our-Parks-June-8 EXCERPT: "The park [Central Park] added $17.7 billion in incremental value to surrounding properties." * Parks Dept/Madison Square Park Conservancy solicit for huge vending market http://www.scribd.com/doc/32324536/MadSqMarkt2010 * Park conservancies getting huge salaries from City money-Daily News http://www.scribd.com/doc/34180998/Park-Conservancies-Get-PAID * NY Post 9/13/09 “Fat cats turn park-keeper groups into their 'shady' money trees” Park Conservancy corruption tied to vending concessions http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/item_OMOUSQhTNEvDOTjQk2K8SI * Cupcake Cart Concession, Washington Sq Park (Note the sidewalk congestion caused by this concession and how it violates numerous Parks Dept rules concerning width of sidewalk, vending over a grill etc) http://www5.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1540748028/ * Mayor Bloomberg fills NYC streets and parks with tourists, then complains that a few street artists are “causing congestion.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/33496666/Bloomberg-Fills-NYC-Streets-With-Tourists

* Parks Department’s officially sanctioned corporate art (one of hundreds of examples) http://www.scribd.com/doc/36548524/Parks-Officially-Sanctioned-Art * NYU Law School rejects Park rules proposal http://www.scribd.com/doc/30701886/CityLaw-Rejects-Park-Rules-Proposal Union Square Community Coalition rejects Park rules proposal http://www.scribd.com/doc/30665784/USCC-Artist-Letter-4-22-10-USCC NYCLU Rejects Park rules proposal http://www.scribd.com/doc/30867894/NYCLU-Rejects-Park-Rules-Proposal *** Fruit Stands replace artists at Met Here's the latest evidence that the Mayor literally wants to replace artists with more vending concessions in Parks. If you recall the premise of the so-called Green Cart program, it was to bring fruits and vegetables to poor neighborhoods where the Mayor believed the residents did not understand the health reasons for eating fresh produce instead of junk food. Is there a single person in NYC who thinks that the Upper East Side is one of those poor neighborhoods, let alone millionaires row, Fifth Ave along Central Park East in the 80's? These new food carts will be placed in the exact location where artists have sold for many years and where the Mayor and Parks Commissioner claim artists are causing congestion. SEE: NY Post, Gothamist http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/produce_carts_roll_in_cent_pk_health_q Ea3nXjhIukV1xrFFMleaP http://gothamist.com/2010/03/06/fruit_snacks_coming_to_central_park.php Park Commissioner started as illegal food vendor in Central Park http://www.columbia.edu/cu/alumni/Magazine/Fall2002/Benepe.html Columbia Magazine EXCERPT: "Benepe’s connection to the parks department actually began when he was fifteen. His first job as a “parkie” was collecting trash in parks and mopping locker rooms at Szold Pool on the Lower East Side. He later got a job as a pushcart vendor in Central Park in the summer of 1976. “Every day I’d go to the garage and get this 600-pound cart, load it up with soup and loaves of bread, and push it from 81st to 59th Street and sell to lunch crowd. After that, I’d go up to Delacorte Theatre and sell to the dinner crowd.” (The operation was illegal, he adds, since he didn’t have a permit.)" The Guardian of Gotham's Gardens

***NYPD, DCA and Parks Department Internal Memos on selling art: what’s allowed, what’s not and the laws that can be enforced: http://www.mediafire.com/? sharekey=be38676c5f033d6b61d4646c62b381cb665fcb2f27e7c89f0897301e858a8174 * Video of ARTIST protest by Sasha Sazanov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHZz0UPgfXw *** Updated Major Media coverage of Parks rules for artists issue *** NY Times http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/vendors-thumb-nose-at-city-restriction/ NY Observer 7/28/2010 New Parks Regulations Slap Street Artists http://www.observer.com/2010/culture/new-parks-regulations-slap-street-artists NBC http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Artists-Protest-Limit-on-Park-VendorSpots-98766594.html NY1 http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/122297/city-art-vendor-limits-take-effect CBS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcmb68W-4Nc NY Post http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/gotta_have_art_cUZFEFAlaTDXX1eftv USxL NY Law Journal; lead article, cover. Also has judge’s entire ruling http://www.scribd.com/doc/34585240/NY-Law-Journal-on-Injunction http://www.dnainfo.com/20100719/gramercy-flatiron-union-square/artists-protest-citysnew-vendor-restrictions-union-square-park Fed judge upholds NYC art vendor crackdown rules (AP) 7/16/2010 NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York City has upheld new regulations seeking to cap the number of art vendors allowed in Manhattan's busiest parks. Judge Richard Sullivan on Friday denied motions in two cases brought by street artists seeking to prohibit the city's parks department from enforcing the new rules.

The city administration has said the parks have become too crowded, but the lawsuit argued that farmers market and holiday commercial vendors create more congestion in the parks than the artists. City lawyer Mark Muschenheim said he was pleased with the decision, saying the rules reflect a careful balance between the rights of vendors and the public's right to enjoy the parks. Plaintiff Robert Lederman said his lawyers plan to appeal. The new rule is scheduled to take effect July 19. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/17/nyregion/17vendors.html NY TimesJuly 16, 2010 Judge Allows City to Limit Art Sellers in Parks Destinations Examiner http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-23890-NY-Destinations-Examiner~y2010m7d18Restrictions-on-NYC-park-artists-to-start-Monday-after-judge-denies-injunction Wall Street Journal 7/19/2010 By LAUREN FEDOR More than 100 of the city's artists are expected to gather in Union Square Park Monday morning in response to new regulations limiting the number of art vendors in Manhattan's parks. The new rules, set to take effect Monday, place a cap on the number of "expressive matter vendors"—those who sell art, photography, reading materials or sculpture—in certain sections of Central Park, as well as all of Union Square Park, Battery Park and the High Line Park. While selling his work at Union Square on Sunday, Joel Kaye displays his displeasure with regulations on art vendors that take effect on Monday. According to the Department of Parks & Recreation Web site, the new rules will require vendors to sell their work in spots designated by the department. These 8-by-3-foot spots will be marked with parks department medallions, according to the site. In Union Square Park, 18 street artists will be allowed to sell their work each day. An additional 40 vendors will be allowed to sell their pieces in the park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, according to the parks department site.

Robert Lederman, a street artist and president of Artists' response to Illegal State Tactics, described the regulations as "extremely restrictive," adding that nearly 100 artists typically sell their work in the Union Square Park each day. In an e-mail sent Saturday to nearly 1,500 of the city's street artists, Mr. Lederman encouraged vendors to protest the rules change by continuing to sell their pieces in Union Square Park. Mr. Lederman suggested artists sell their work outside of the marked spots or display their work without selling it. In the e-mail, Mr. Lederman, who said he has been arrested 43 times but never convicted of a crime, discouraged artists from breaking the law. * Lawsuit filed on June 18th to prevent enforcement of Park rules. Plaintiffs Robert Lederman and Jack Nesbitt. [Docket #10CV04800 Southern District Federal Court]. Lederman et al v. New York City Department of Parks and Recreation et al Link to full text of complaint: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33253915/COMPLAINT-Park-Rule-Web-Version http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2010/06/street-artists-in-new-york-city.html >>> NYC sued over proposed cap on art vendors in parks Associated Press Jun 18, 2010 9:43 PM NEW YORK Two street artists filed a free-speech lawsuit against New York City on Friday in response to new regulations seeking to cap the number of art vendors allowed in Manhattan's busiest parks. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, asks the court to declare the proposed regulations unconstitutional and award legal fees to the plaintiffs: Robert Lederman, the president of artist advocacy group A.R.T.I.S.T., and artist Jack Nesbitt. Lederman filed a similar lawsuit against the administration of then-mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2001, winning protections for artists selling their work in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said his lawyer, Julie Milner. The lawsuit argues that the city's new proposal to allow only about 120 vendors in Union Square, Battery Park, the High Line Park and parts of Central Park seeks to circumvent that earlier ruling. Currently, about 300 art vendors sell their work in those parks. The lawsuit was filed Friday evening, Milner said. City Law Department spokeswoman Kate O'Brien Ahlers said the city had not yet received a

copy but would review it thoroughly. The city administration has said the parks have become too crowded, and even dangerous. But the lawsuit argues that greenmarket and holiday commercial vendors regularly create more congestion in the parks than the artists. The city slightly raised its proposed cap this week after opposition to the limits from artists. The new rule is scheduled to take effect July 19.<<< * Daily News Artists fight public hearing on vendor restrictions in parks with freedom of expression http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/24/2010-0424_artists_rip_restrictions_in_parks.html * NY Times 4/24/2010 (go to site for photos) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/nyregion/24parks.html?ref=nyregion * NBC News http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Artists-Protest--91921924.html (Has good video of the protest) Seeing Red: Artists Protest Changing Park Vendor Rules * FOX NEWS http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xd2ff9_fox-3-24-2010-protest_creation *** NY1News coverage of 4/23 ARTIST protest http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xd2dsw_3-24-2010-park-protest_creation (Important: Watch video and listen to Mayor Bloomberg pretend that this issue is about hot dog vendors, not artists. They must be desperate to do that much spinning!) * WPIX Channel 11 News NY http://www.wpix.com/news/local/wpix-art-vendors-protest,0,1765205.story OR, see it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xd2fn4_channel-11-artists_creation *Newsday Hundreds protest NYC proposal to limit art vendors http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/hundreds-protest-nyc-proposal-to-limit-artvendors-1.1878569 * 1010WINS Radio News

http://www.1010wins.com/Hundreds-Protest-NYC-Proposal-to-Limit-ArtVendors/6877955 * DNAinfo http://www.dnainfo.com/20100423/manhattan/hundreds-protest-plan-limit-vendorsselling-art-parks (Excellent photo slideshow) * CURBED Hundreds Protest Plan to Limit Vendors Selling Art in Parks Updated 2 hrs ago April 23, 2010 http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/04/23/artists_creatively_trash_bloomberg_at_rally_a gainst_park_rules.php (Has good photos from the protest) Artists Creatively Trash Bloomberg at Rally Against Park Rules * NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/nyregion/23vendor.html?ref=nyregion April 22, 2010 Trailblazer’s Take on Limiting Vendors (Article about the poet on whose behalf the Written Matter Exemption was created) -----------------* DESTINATIONS EXAMINER Hundreds of street artists protest Parks Department plan, attend public hearing April 24, 2010 PMNY Destinations Examiner Leslie Koch http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-23890-NY-Destinations-Examiner~y2010m4d24Hundreds-of-street-artists-protest-Parks-Department-plan-attend-public-hearing-photos (This article has another photo slideshow with great individual photos of many artists you know and their signs) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendan-smith/mayor-bloomberg-vsartist_b_556584.html Mayor Bloomberg vs Artists: The Battle for the Soul of New York City by Brendan Smith * Earlier Media Coverage of This Issue http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/nyregion/17artists.html NY Times April 16, 2010 City Seeks to Limit the Flocks of Art Vendors at Popular Sites in Parks http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/04/18/2010-04-18_figures_of_speech.html Daily News Editorials Figures of speech: New York Park's Dept. must put public above peddlers

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/City-Set-Give-Park-Art-the-Brush-Off91047864.html NBC News website City Set to Give Park Art the Brush Off By ANDREW SIFF and HASANI GITTENS Fri, Apr 16, 2010 NY Post April 16, 2010 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/city_seeks_park_curb_art_vendors_QX w8c2IjoDYBj3LJ6LGShN Recording from WNYC radio 4/14/2010 Featuring Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe explaining his fundraising efforts in Parks. Robert Lederman calls in and challenges him. Benepe repeats his claim that Lederman is, ”…just making things up,” about replacing artists with concessions then admits he is putting concessions, Holiday Markets etc in the exact same Parks where artists now sell. The first few minutes deals with the Central Park tennis court bubble issue. Commissioner Benepe has a really insulting way of describing all street artists in parks as commercial vendors of junk. Give it a listen. You can play the radio interview here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcy5bd_rl-benepe-wnyc-cut (a 30 second ad plays first) Or download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?m2lgyyymvmg At this page, click on “click here to start download.” Ignore any pop up ads. Or listen and read the many comments here: Concession Money for Parks: Adrian Benepe confronted by Robert Lederman-WNYC http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2010/apr/14/money-parks/ http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/artists-and-vendors-bristle-at-proposedlimits/ NY Times City Room April 5, 2010 Artists and Vendors Bristle at Proposed Limits in Parks NY Times City Room April 9, 2010 In Fight for Art Vendors, a Look to the Past Proof that the Parks Department ran a 160 stand art concession on Central Park South where they now claim only 5 artists can sell due to “public safety” issues. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/09/in-fight-for-art-vendors-a-look-to-thepast/#more-157209

**** NY1 News Park Comissioner Benepe blames Robert Lederman for new park rules http://www.ny1.com/6-bronx-news-content/ny1_living/115958/vendors-critique-parksofficials--new-rules-for-street-art NY Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/03/27/2010-0327_parks_draws_up_plan_to_erase_artists_displays.html WBAI radio 3/26/2010 Click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YljzQ1yYkic OR this one (a 15 second commercial precedes it) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcqffy_wbai-report-on-new-park-rules-for-a_news You can also download it as a Quicktime mov. file here: http://www.mediafire.com/?n2d0zmm4mmm * NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/nyregion/23vendor.html?ref=nyregion April 22, 2010 Trailblazer’s Take on Limiting Vendors (This is an article about the poet on whose behalf the Written Matter Exemption was created, who now denounces street artists’ rights.) Documentary on Union Sq Park as a center for political activism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHXlLomoXIM DOT admits Greenmarket is actual the cause of congestion in USP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-yniD3LGBI A Walk in the Park website http://awalkintheparknyc.blogspot.com/2010/03/art-vendors-criticize-parks-officials.html Lederman et al v Giuliani (2001) ruling overturning Park permits for artists Full ruling http://www.scribd.com/doc/33173357/Lederman-v-Giuliani-Ruling http://bluecollarpolitics.com/lederman/giuliani-artist-2001-ruling.html Injunction in Lederman et al v Giuliani http://www.scribd.com/doc/33173361/LvG-Injunction Contact info: Robert Lederman, president of ARTIST artistpres@gmail.com

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nycstreetartists/ ARTIST group video history http://www.youtube.com/user/artistpres Attorney Julie Milner representing Robert Lederman julie.milner.law@gmail.com Parks Commissioner, Adrian Benepe Adrian.Benepe@parks.nyc.gov 212 360-1305 Alessandro Olivieri, Parks legal counsel Alessandro Olivieri@parks.nyc.gov 212 360-1313 Friends of the Highline (212) 206-9922 info@thehighline.org Geoffrey Croft NYC Park Advocates (212) 987-0565 Robert Lederman art portfolio http://www.mypublisher.com/?d=tq%3Ey-cppl%60je %3E3729%3A51&_mp=H7AuXkiYH/zBuvsLVueSqY4vWp9p3Z5u%0A Robert Lederman artistpres@gmail.com ARTIST POWER!

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