New York City Fashionistas, prepare yourself for some devastating news. It was announced that Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is being forced to leave Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. The biannual event has been court-ordered to leave and it takes effect after the 2015 fashion shows.
Why you ask? The plaintiffs argued that Fashion Week and many other events held there violated the New York State Public Trust Doctrine, “which states that city-owned spaces cannot be privatized”.
Olive Freud, president of one of the groups who filed the lawsuit said “We’re going to get flowers and benches and there’s going to be a park again. We’re all very happy here. We objected to the whole idea of demolishing a park and of throwing the public out and of making this a place for raising money. Private people aren’t supposed to be making money on it.”
Reportedly, 57 trees and many plants were destroyed to make space for events in the park. Now that the court order has been issued, the trees and plants will be replanted.
It has yet to be determined where Fashion Week will be held after its last shows at Lincoln Center in February.
New York’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the event could possibly move to Culture Shed, which is part of the Hudson Yards development on the far west side of Manhattan. However, the six-story building isn’t set to be finished until 2018.