The 2024 adopted budget is the highest-ever for the Department of Cultural Affairs, but arts advocates are calling for increased transparency.
The sculpture was commissioned by the first Jewish commodore in the US Navy, Uriah Phillips Levy, who faced anti-Semitism throughout his naval career.
“Why do you need our money? We have 63,000 people who are sleeping in homeless shelters,” council speaker Corey Johnson told Amazon reps. “Don’t you think there’s a better way for us to spend $3 billion?”
At a public hearing next Wednesday, New York City Council’s Committee on Land Use will consider a bill that would majorly impact landmarking in the city.
On Tuesday New York’s City Council approved by a vote of 49 to 0 an amendment to the municipal charter to create a comprehensive, citywide cultural plan.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” mantra doesn’t just apply to voters. New York’s iconic arts institutions have done well for themselves under the Bloomberg administration as smaller groups and individual artists say they have struggled.