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§2-10 Special Event Concessions

Definitions of terms | Concession Fee Schedule | Exceptions to Schedule

a. For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

Athletic Charitable Events
"Athletic Charitable Events" shall mean recreational or sporting events that are directly associated with fundraising for the entity which is established as a not-for-profit corporation and which has been granted Federal tax-exempt status. The concession schedule does not apply to Athletic Charitable events under 500 people; however, these events are subject to the regulations set forth in section 2-08 of this chapter.
Athletic Non-Charitable Events
"Athletic Non-Charitable Events" shall mean those recreational or sporting events designed for public participation which are not directly associated with charitable fundraising for an entity which is established as a not-for-profit corporation and has been granted Federal tax-exempt status.
Designated Area
"Designated Area" shall mean a specific and/or distinct section or area within the following Parks that can host a special event subject to this schedule without excluding other uses and events in other distinctive sections or areas of the same Park: Battery Park, Central Park, Prospect Park, Randall's Island, Union Square, Carl Schurz Park, Inwood Hill Park, East River Park, Fort Tryon Park, Marcus Garvey, Morningside Park, Riverside Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, Coney Island, Marine Park, Cunningham Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Forest Park, Rockaway and South Beach. (For example, the North Plaza of Union Square Park, the East Meadow of Central Park, the Festival Grounds at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, or the Parade Grounds at Van Cortlandt Park.) For all other parks, designated areas shall mean the entire Park.
Display Vehicles
"Display Vehicles" shall mean vehicles that are designed, decorated, or detailed for event promotion, logo placement, product display and/or sampling of products and services. Mid-size vehicles are those vehicles with two axles. Oversize vehicles, trailers and buses are those vehicles with three or more axles or require a driver's license other than a NYS Class D license.
Event Time
"Event Time" shall mean the time between set-up and break-down of an event and applies to all events that require 18 or more hours.
General Events
"General Events" include, but are not limited to, dance recitals, music, or other artistic or cultural performances, which involve over 500 people, are open to the public and otherwise do not constitute Promotional / Commercial events or Athletic Charitable / Non-charitable events as defined by this section. General Events with less than 500 people are only subject to the regulations set forth in section 2-08 of this chapter.
Inflatables
"Inflatables" shall mean balloons or displays that are expanded with air or gas and used for event promotion, logo placement, product display or recreational purposes. Blimps are not considered Inflatables for the purposes of this section.
Level A Parks
"Level A Parks" shall mean Father Duffy Square.
Level B Parks
"Level B Parks" shall include the following Parks sites: Battery Park, Central Park, City Hall Park, Madison Square Park, Prospect Park, Randall's Island and Union Square.
Level C Parks
"Level C Parks" shall include the following Parks sites:
Manhattan: Bowling Green, Carl Schurz Park, Dag Hammarskjold Park, Damrosch Park, Dewitt Clinton Park, Inwood Hill Park, East River Park, Foley Square Park, Fort Tryon Park, Marcus Garvey, Morningside Park, Passannante Ballfield, Riverside Park, Holcombe Rucker Playground, Washington Square Park, West 4th Street.
Bronx:Harris Field, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park.
Brooklyn: Coney Island, Marine Park.
Queens: Cunningham Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Forest Park, Rockaway Beach.
Staten Island: South Beach.
Level D Parks
"Level D Parks" shall mean all other Parks sites not listed in Level A, Level B, Level C or explicitly excluded from the concession schedule in this section.
Private Events
Private Events are those that restrict the general public's access to a Parks site, by either physical barriers or by personnel, or events that are permitted to erect such barriers, or otherwise restrict the general public.
Promotional / Commercial Events
"Promotional / Commercial Events" shall mean those events that seek to promote, advertise, or introduce a product, corporation, company or other commercial entity to either the general public or to a portion of the general public.
Sampling
"Sampling" shall mean the direct distribution of a commercial product or service to the public for the purpose of promoting that product.

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b. A permit pursuant to section 2-08 of this chapter shall not issue until the permittee has paid the concession fee required by the Department under this section, unless otherwise exempted by this section. The Commissioner shall charge an applicant a concession fee in accordance with the following schedule. The concession fee shall be charged in addition to any bonding requirement imposed by the Commissioner pursuant to section 1-03(b)(4) of this title or any other amount or fee imposed by any other City agency or agencies.

Concession Fee Schedule

Basic Event Fee

Promotional/Commercial, Private
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Under 25% of Designated Area N/A $12,000 $7,200 $2,400
25%-50% of Designated Area N/A $20,000 $12,000 $4,000
Over 50% of Designated Area $35,000 $22,000 $13,200 $4,400
Athletic Non-Charitable Event
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Under 25% of Designated Area N/A $8,000 $4,800 $1,600
25%-50% of Designated Area N/A $16,000 $9,600 $3,200
Over 50% of Designated Area N/A $18,000 $10,800 $3,600
Athletic Charitable Event
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Under 25% of Designated Area N/A $1,000 $600 $200
25%-50% of Designated Area N/A $2,000 $1,200 $400
Over 50% of Designated Area N/A $3,000 $1,800 $600
General Events
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Under 25% of Designated Area N/A $3,000 $1,800 $600
25%-50% of Designated Area N/A $11,000 $6,600 $2,200
Over 50% of Designated Area $18,200 $13,000 $7,800 $2,600

Fixed-Rate Charges *

  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Amplified Sound $2,100 $1,500 $900 $300
Sampling $2,100 $1,500 $900 $300
Tent
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
801 sq. ft. - 6,400 sq. ft. $4,200 $3,000 $1,800 $600
6,401 sq. ft. - 10,000 sq. ft. N/A $6,400 $3, 840 $1,280
10,001 sq. ft. and Above N/A $10,000 $6,000 $2,000
Stage
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
1,000 cubic ft. - 2,500 cubic ft. $2,100 $1,500 $900 $300
2,501 cubic ft. - 10,000cubic ft. $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $1,000
10,001 cubic ft. and Above $14,000 $10,000 $6,000 $2,000
Back Drop
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
6 ft. - 20 ft. $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $1,000
21 ft. and Over $14,000 $10,000 $6,000 $2,000
Inflatables**
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
15 cubic feet - 50cubic feet $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $1,000
51 cubic feet - 100cubic feet $14,000 $10,000 $6,000 $2,000
Display Vehicles***
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
Mid-size $10,000 $7,500 $3,000 $1,000
Oversize/Trailers/Buses $12,500 $10,000 $7,500 $3,000
Event Time
  Level A Parks Level B Parks Level C Parks Level D Parks
18 Hours - 48 Hours $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $1,000
49 Hours - 96 Hours $14,000 $10,000 $6,000 $2,000
97 Hours - 168 Hours $28,000 $20,000 $12,000 $4,000
169 Hours and More priced by negotiation

* These fixed-rate charges are in addition to the basic event fee

** A fee will be imposed for each individual Inflatable as defined by this section.

*** A fee will be imposed for each individual Display Vehicle as defined by this section.

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c. This schedule does not apply to the following:

  1. blimps;
  2. sites covered by a license, lease or agreement with a third party;
  3. Department facilities, such as recreation centers or Department administrative offices;
  4. Demonstrations, which are covered by the guidelines set forth in §2-08 of this chapter; or
  5. concerts with 8,000 or more attendees. In determining the concession fee for such concerts, the following factors shall be taken into consideration:
    1. the length of time, time of day and the time of year of the concert;
    2. the nature of use, including but not limited to, the location of the concert and such location's vulnerability to damage, the type of equipment to be brought into the Park and the displacement of any other Park uses caused by the concert or the concert's set-up and take-down;
    3. the number of persons expected to attend the concert;
    4. whether the applicant will impose an admission charge or otherwise limit attendance, or whether attendance will be free and open to the public;
    5. the size and type of the concert, including the size of the stage and other structures;
    6. the nature of the proposed Park site (e.g. Level A, Level B, Level C or Level D);
    7. the type and extent of public resources required to stage the concert; and
    8. except for hand-held signs, the size of each sign and the quantity of signs displayed in the Park in connection with the concert.

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