As our borough president said, Queens is becoming a premier destination for arts and entertainment, and that is great for our borough.
But the plan announced this week by MSG to hold a three-day music festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park is worrisome. Not so much because of the crowds or the noise – though that is an issue that would need to be addressed – but the idea of cutting off public access to one of Queens’ busiest parks during one of the busiest times of year is a deal breaker.
Would we shut down Central Park or Prospect Park for events where the public has to pay admission to get in? Why should we shut down one of our parks? Already, part of our park is closed off to the public for private interest – the USTA.
We support the concept of using Flushing Meadows Corona Park for events that bring arts, entertainment and tourists to our borough. We did that twice with the World’s Fairs. But should we restrict our parks to admission only? No way! These are public spaces and they should always be public spaces.