– Fast Food Before Art in Parks

Ah yes – where have I heard all of this before?

By William Murphy

January 22, 2003

Even as he was pushing plans for a fast-food restaurant on city parkland, the parks commissioner was lobbying to restrict artists seeking to sell their works on public land.

Commissioner Adrian Benepe said in a letter to parks advocates dated Jan. 17 that “areas of the Battery and Central Park in particular have become choked with unlicensed commercial vending.”

At the same time, Benepe was pushing for Wendy’s to open a store in a former comfort station in a small city park in the Bronx in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in franchise fees.

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