Expressive Matter Vending on Parks Property

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013



Statement of Basis and Purpose


The purpose of this proposed rule is to:


·       Clarify the Department’s original intent that individuals providing entertainment, such as musical performances, juggling, dance, or other performance arts in exchange for a fee or for a donation are considered vendors and that entertainment services and performances are considered expressive matter under the Department’s rules.


·       Indicate clearly that vendors of expressive matter, including entertainers, are exempt from permitting requirements of the Department applicable to vendors of goods or services so long as they comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.


·       Address the recent decision in the Matter of New York Skyline, Inc., 94 A.D.3d 23 (1st Dep’t 2012), leave to appeal denied, 2012 N.Y. LEXIS 2019 (Aug. 30, 2012), which held that vendors of tickets to entertainments are exempt from permit requirements of the General Vendors Law, insofar as, without the proposed revisions, that decision could have been construed to similarly exempt entertainers from having to comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.



Public Hearing

Opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Parks Department rules governing expressive matter vendors.

Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:00am

General Counsel
Alessandro G. Olivieri
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park,
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010