After 17 years the twice annual Fashion Week New York is moving from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center starting in September 2010 for the Spring/Summer shows. The deal is a result of more than two years of work between Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office and the Council of Fashion Designers of America and IMG Fashion, which runs the shows. More precisely, the shows will be located at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, located at the southwest corner of the Lincoln Center’s plaza, at 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
The reason for the move is attributed to the fact that the events size and attention were outgrowing the park. The AP reported that it takes 10 days to erect the Bryant Park tents, followed by maintenance during the eight days of shows, and five more days of cleanup after it’s all done. The 6-acre Bryant Park space, situated behind the New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan, has been the main home for Fashion Week, except for one season at Chelsea Piers. The new locations has a space that measures 87,000 square feet, while Bryant Park only allowed 70,000 — roughly a 25 percent increase as reported by Racked. Fashion Week, which generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the city, is locked into the space for five years.
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