Cutting down on vendors in some NYC parks

April 23, 2010 2:29:26 PM PDT
You could soon see fewer vendors selling arts in some of Manhattan's busiest parks. The mayor's office is limiting the number of vendors in parks, a move that isn't going over well with everyone and led to a large protest Friday.

The Parks Department wants to draw some boundaries on where the artist vendors sell their wares.

The Parks Department says too many artist vendors are packing in to places like Columbus Circle in Central Park, and Battery Park too.

New rules would establish a set amount of spots in the heavily trafficked areas, awarding them to vendors on a first come, first serve basis. Remaining vendors could spread out elsewhere in the park. The vendors don't and wouldn't need a permit, nor would they have to pay for their spot.

"The public has a right to enjoy the park. It's a safety issue too," said William Castro with the Parks Department.

The artist vendors say it's the city that's crowding the parks.

"The city has all those Christmas markets and holiday markets...etc," said Ron Lederman.

The new rules would only affect Central Park, Battery Park, The High Line, and Union Square.

Artist vendors could go to any other park and set up anywhere they wanted.