A settlement between the city, Lincoln Center and community groups will force IMG Fashion Week out of Lincoln Center after Fashion Week in February.
The news was broken by A Walk in the Park, a website run by Geoffrey Croft, whose NYC Parks Advocate group was a party to the suit. Community groups have been protesting the use of Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for the event for years, claiming it blocks off a public park to community use and has caused environmental destruction — including the destruction of 57 trees.
As part of the settlement, the city and Lincoln Center will plant trees and shrubs in the park within the next six months.
Judge Margaret Chan signed off on the settlement on Tuesday. It’s not yet clear where Fashion Week will go after the February show.
Lincoln Center sent us the following statement:
“Lincoln Center is pleased about the amicable resolution to the Damrosch Park litigation. This matter and its resolution have further solidified Lincoln Center’s relationship with City government, neighborhood groups, elected officials and the Community Board. We look forward to working closely with all concerned to envision the future of Damrosch Park, furthering its already active use as a public amenity for free and low-cost concerts and educational events.”
We’ve reached out to IMG for comment and we’ll have more on this story later today.
Security is often tight during Fashion Week and other private events at Damrosch Park, as seen in the photo below.
Clarification: This article originally implied that Fashion Week would be moving in February. It will have to move after the February shows.