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NYC restaurant Cheese Grille uses street dining shed as memorial

A New York City restaurant is using a dining shed meant to help struggling restaurants through the COVID-19 pandemic as an art gallery, prompting a reprimand from the city’s Department of Transportation. Photo courtesy Google Maps

A FRESH York City restaurant is utilizing a dining shed designed to help struggling restaurants through the COVID-19 pandemic being an memorial, prompting a reprimand from the citys Department of Transportation. Photo courtesy Google Maps

Aug. 20 (UPI) — A FRESH York City restaurant is utilizing a dining shed designed to help struggling restaurants through the COVID-19 pandemic being an memorial, prompting a reprimand from the city’s Department of Transportation.

Photos and videos posted to Instagram show artists partying in a graffitied street shed and hearing electronic music beyond Cheese Grille in lower Manhattan well in to the night while hawking paintings with $200 prices.

A listing on Eventbrite implies that organizers planned “a weeklong party with bands every evening” through Saturday which includes now been extended through Sunday.

“SHOW EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY. Pull up tonight. We’re here til late!!!” the Instagram account 0h10m1ke posted.

Vin Barone, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, told the brand new York Post that “dining spaces must be used for just one purpose — dining.”

“We have been following up with this particular business to remind them of the rule,” Barone said.

The makeshift gallery has sparked outrage from local residents who spoke to the brand new York Post, including Diem Boyd of the anti-shed advocacy group LES Dwellers.

“At the height of the pandemic, we understood the idea of the sheds and supporting smaller businesses,” she said.

“I frequent Cheese Grille at all times. My daughter loves it. However the sheds have grown to be an abusive program. It feeds in to the blight that we’re seeing round the city.”

In February, the brand new York City Council passed legislation to create a permanent program to help keep outdoor dining however there is absolutely no official permit process for building the sheds. Restaurants simply submit basic info into an online application before building.

The reprimand from the Transportation Department came just weeks following a group of NY residents filed case seeking a finish to the outdoor dining shacks built through the pandemic they say has resulted in a boom in trash and rats.

The residents said the Temporary Outdoor Restaurant program implemented in June 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in “increased and excessive noise, traffic congestion, garbage and uncontrolled rodent populations and the blocking of sidewalks and roadways.”

The lawsuit also says this program “also continues to appropriate substantial share of public sidewalks and streets for private use and profit.”

On Tuesday, two Manhattan-based artists were asked by members of the Parks Enforcement Patrol to eliminate signs displaying their names while exhibiting their just work at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park, Hyperallergic reported.

Michael Alan Alien and Jadda Cat purported to Hyperallergic that police officers forced them out of Christopher Street Pier.

“It had been an extremely quiet afternoon there and we’d our easel setup, sitting close to the stairs where we always do, just minding our very own business,” Alan told Hyperallergic.

“I hardly understand why we were the focus. For me, parks are designed for visitors to use, rather than under such controlling stipulations. Drawing the water isn’t a crime.”

A spokesperson for NYC Parks told Hyperallergic that NEW YORK laws specifically prohibit the sale of art beyond designated areas and posted times.

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