New York Fashion Week might be at risk of losing its home once again thanks to a lawsuit being filed against New York City and Lincoln Center. According to The New York Times, residents of the surrounding area, in alliance with environmental groups, claim that Lincoln Center’s commercial purposes limit the public’s access to the adjacent Damrosch Park.
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t see backlash like this coming. After all, the Upper West Siders knew from the beginning that the biannual event would cause a disruption to the area. Prior to the first season, New York Fashion Week producers forewarned the residential community of what was to come and even offered them access via jobs and internships. Clearly, that wasn’t enough of an incentive for the neighborhood to ignore the mayhem.
If the lawsuit proves effective, it wouldn’t be the first time the fashion crowd has had to relocate their iconic white tents. Back in 2010, the shows were forced to flee their Bryant Park home due to pressure from park management.
While Lincoln Center representatives have refused to comment on the lawsuit, Kate O’Brien Ahlers, a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, said:
“The city is awaiting formal service of the suit and will review it carefully. 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.”
Call us biased, but we think that the city simply cannot afford to push New York Fashion Week out of its new, spacious home at Lincoln Center. However, to their point, we wouldn’t be thrilled about a parade of peacocking street style hopefuls loitering around our corner of the city, either.