Queens isn't dancing to the beat of this tune. Yet another entertainment group—this time Madison Square Garden—has filed permits to host a large-scale music fest at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but this time Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has put her foot down, the Daily News reports. She's opposed to both MSG and AEG Live, the group behind Coachella, hosting events at the public park, as revealed by a News investigation in September.
Katz says the proposals would be an unprecedented use of public space to generate money for private companies. "These proposals to rent out precious public parkland to for-profit organizations for paid-admission events are therefore not acceptable at this time," Katz told the News. "It has never been done before in Queens... we should not start now."
But organizers of the Governor's Ball have complained that it will take away from the city's revenue. A 2014 economic impact study of the event revealed that it brought in $40 million in benefits to the city. AEG Live's event is tentatively scheduled for June 17-19, and MSG's event from June 24-26. The Governor's Ball is set for June 3-5. Its organizers filed a petitionin October addressed to Mayor de Blasio asking him to reject any such proposals.
Coachella attracted close to 200,000 revelers this year, and if an event of this scale is approved for Queens, it will be the largest such event the borough has hosted since the 1964 World Fair, according to the News.
· Queens Borough President Melinda Katz opposes Coachella-like festivals in Queens [NY Daily News]
· Major Music Festival May Land at Queens' World's Fair Grounds [Curbed]
· a href="http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/16/see_how_the_worlds_fairs_totally_transformed_a_queens_park.php">See How the World's Fairs Totally Transformed a Queens Park [Curbed]