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Public Art Becomes Focus of Illegal Outdoor Advertising

illegal outdoor advertising photo by david dunlap nytTo advertise for its Mobile Art Pavilion, being constructed in Central Park this fall, Chanel has draped an illegal fifteen story billboard onto its 57th street facade; Vanessa Gruen, Director of Special Projects at MAS commented on the ad in the New York Times blog. In other news, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has purchased three more parcels of land in Willets Point nearly doubling their land acquisition to date but leaving the City far from owning the entire site (Crain’s New York Business). The new TKTS Booth in the center of Times Square has opened and can remain so throughout the winter (New York Times). Park Slopers are pushing for immediate and simple improvements to the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street subway station, whose renovation has been delayed until 2010 (New York Daily News). The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will manage and program the artists’ studio and exhibition space planned for Governors Island (New York Times). The former Domino Sugar Factory hosted an open-house to attract potential future residents (New York Post) Tom Angotti evaluates the impact that the Presidential candidates’ policies will have on New York and other large cities (Gotham Gazette)