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Report: Lawsuit filed to get Fashion Week out of Lincoln Center

Michael Kors shows his 2013 Spring collection at

Michael Kors shows his 2013 Spring collection at New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. (Sept. 12, 2012) Credit: Chris Ware

New York Fashion Week might have to bring its exclusive white tents elsewhere, as The New York Times reports a lawsuit has been filed against New York City and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Area residents and park activists are angry over the use of Damrosch Park, a 2.4 acre section of Lincoln Center where Fashion Week, The Big Apple Circus, and other events not open to the public have been held, using the space for up to 10 months each year.

A 35-page lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court Monday demanded that the park be restored and no longer used for events, and that any concession revenue earned in the space be paid into the city's general fund, according to the Times and The Wall Street Journal. Park advocates claim that Lincoln Center unlawfully kept up to $9 million in revenue generated by Fashion Week and other events each year.

A rally was held at the park on Tuesday, the 44th anniversary of its opening, where residents voiced their desire to have a space to play with their children.

“The city is awaiting formal service of the suit and will review it carefully. Fashion Week is an important part of the city’s cultural and economic fabric, generating $865 million each year while also creating fashion-related jobs,” Kate O’Brien Ahlers, a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, told the Times.

Whether or not Fashion Week will be uprooted again (it was formerly held in Bryant Park) is unknown, but editors, designers and others involved will be waiting anxiously to find out before the next shows hit the city in September.

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