Fed Judge Upholds NYC Vendor Crackdown Rules

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 AM EDT
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Several hundred people protested to try to block a move by <a title=Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to limit the number of vendors who sell art in Manhattan's busiest parks." />

Several hundred people protested to try to block a move by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to limit the number of vendors who sell art in Manhattan's busiest parks.

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A federal court has upheld new regulations seeking to cap the number of art vendors allowed in Manhattan's busiest parks.

Judge Richard Sullivan on Friday denied motions in two cases brought by street artists seeking to prohibit the New York City Parks Department from enforcing the new rules.

The city administration has said the parks have become too crowded, but the lawsuit argued that greenmarket and holiday commercial vendors create more congestion in the parks than the artists.

City lawyer Mark Muschenheim said he was pleased with the decision, saying the rules reflect a careful balance between the rights of vendors and the public's right to enjoy the parks.

Plaintiff Robert Lederman said his lawyers plan to file an appeal.

The new rule is scheduled to take effect July 19.

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