“Thrilled Paul Simon is Coming Home, But City Should Make Historic Concert Free to Public”
QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the announcement that legendary artist Paul Simon’s final concert of his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will take place on September 22 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park:
“Queens adores the fact that Paul Simon has chosen to come home for the final concert of his Farewell Tour. As a lifelong fan, I am absolutely thrilled,” Borough President Katz said. “The news, however, is bittersweet. The City of New York could have – and should have – turned this long-anticipated homecoming of Paul Simon into a free concert for all in the park, not limited to those who can afford to pay concert ticket prices at the expense of the surrounding community. There are still several days before tickets go on sale. In fairness to all New Yorkers, the City should figure out a way to make this historic performance free and accessible to everyone.”
Borough President Katz previously outlined her concerns and the need for the City to develop a consistent policy and selection process for applications from for-profit companies to run paid admission events in our public parks; to this day, the City has failed to do so:
- Statement on November 2, 2015 queensbp.org/borough-president-katz-on-proposals-to-rent-flushing-meadows-corona-park/
- Op-ed published in El Diario on December 3, 2015 eldiariony.com/2015/12/03/new-york-citys-public-parks-to-rent-or-not-to-rent.
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