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New York Fashion Week 2013: NYFW May Be Evicted From Lincoln Center; Where Will It Relocate?

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New York Fashion Week may move to a different location this year, as the star-studded events may be evicted from Lincoln Center.

Fashionista reports that local residents and environmental groups have filed suit against New York City and Lincoln Center, demanding they evict fashion week and other commercial events.

The suit claims that public access to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center is limited for 10 months each year because of commercial events, beginning with fashion week in mid-August and including The Big Apple Circus and February’s NYFW. The park is also rented out for private events and fundraisers.

Members of the Damrosh family, a musical family the park was named for, spoke out against New York Fashion Week, reports the Wall Street Journal.

"It has become a cash cow for Lincoln Center, and this was not the idea," said the family's Sidney Urquhart.

The 35-page complaint argues that the $32 million generated from the license agreement is going straight back to the venue, not into the city, as it should. They also claim that over 50 trees have been wrongfully removed from the park to make room for private events.

“These actions constitute an illegal alienation of Damrosch Park in violation of the New York State Public Trust Doctrine and other laws,” said NYC Park Advocates, a nonprofit watchdog group, in a release.

“The city is awaiting formal service of the suit and will review it carefully,” said Kate O’Brien Ahlers, a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department. “Fashion Week is an important part of the city’s cultural and economic fabric, generating $865 million each year while also creating fashion-related jobs.”

Styleite reports that this wouldn’t be the first time New York Fashion Week has had to relocate. In 2010, NYFW moved from Bryant Park due to pressure from park management.

Read about Australian Fashion Week here. 

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