NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City parks department had been cracking down on musicians playing near monuments and park benches, but the ban has been lifted, and it’s music to the ears of some of those in Washington Square Park.
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Pianist Colin Huggins was among those who got tickets for playing in the park, getting his first last fall.
“None of it made sense at all,” Huggins told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.
He just kept playing, getting about $6,000 worth of tickets.
“The rationale was supposedly to keep walkways free and clear,” said Community Board 2 Chairman Brad Hoylman. “That seems to lack a basis of in common sense.”READ MORE: New Jersey Officials Monitoring Omicron Variant, But Say Delta Is Still A Concern As Travel Picks Up
It might have lacked a basis in the law too, as all of Huggins’ tickets were thrown out.
“We know we’re in the right and we don’t have anything to worry about,” Huggins said.
“We all have to be vigilant, because sometimes the enforcement of rules gets out of hand,” said Hoylman.
Now, the policy has changed and Huggins is free to tickle the ivories in the park without fear of reprisal from the authorities.
“People from all over the world come to Washington Square Park to listen to the music,” said a pleased Hoylman.MORE NEWS: NYPD Arrests Joseph Martinez Of New Rochelle In 1999 Killing Of Bronx 13-Year-Old Minerliz Soriano
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