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Art Vendors Get Some Relief From New Rules

Friday, August 27, 2010

Street artists protest Parks Department rules. (Janaya Williams)

Restrictions have been temporarily lifted on art vendors in city parks. On Wednesday, a judge granted a restraining order preventing the Parks Department from enforcing five-week-old rules limiting the number of "expressive matter" vendors in parks.

The city says the restrictions were intended to ease congestion in the four targeted parks: Central Park, Union Square, Battery Park, and the High Line. The vendors say the limits are a violation of their first amendment rights to free expression.

The restrictions have been lifted until Monday, when art vendors meet the city in court for another hearing.

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