Sand artist Joe Mangrum holding up numerous summonses he has recieved in Washington Square Park. Street performers have been targeted by the city's new rule that prevents collecting donations near landmarks or monuments in parks. In an attempt to prohibit and restrict this activity in the park, the Bloomberg administration is attempting to classify these performers as vendors. The city recently began issuing tickets under the Parks Department's new Expressive Matter vending rules and have instructed PEP officers to write tickets which include unlawful vending and unlawful assembly.
Although a number of people who were issued tickets were originally required to go to court in December the City adjourned all the tickets until at least January 31st. Last week another ticket were dismissed. On December 21, an administrative law judge at the city’s Environmental Control Board threw out a summons issued on October 23 to Kareem “Tac” Barnes who had been performing an acrobatic dance routine with his twin brother in Washington Square Park's fountain. The judge found that they were, "not engaged in an activity that required a permit." (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)
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