New York City Marathon Signs Tata Consultancy As Title Sponsor

New York artists are victims of their creativity, says USC Price professor

Urban planning scholar Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (Photo/Yuan Yuan Kong)

Kennedy Jr. calls natural gas a catastrophe As an environmental activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the nations most vocal opponents of coal, but he thinks natural gas is just as bad. Speaking to a crowded auditorium today at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Kennedy says its a false choice to weigh economic concerns against environmental protection. Although his […] May 24, 2013 New York Governor Says Hell Make Fracking Decision Before 2014 Election The Syracuse Post-Standard reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will make a decision on whether to lift the states moratorium on fracking before the 2014 election. Its not clear how much that statement means, though, since the debate in New York has gone on for nearly five years. In 2011, the head of […] March 18, 2013 Celebrity Anti-Fracking Group May Be in Trouble for Failing to Register as Lobbyists An influential group of celebrity anti-fracking advocates, known as Artists Against Fracking, may be running afoul of New York State law, according to the AP: Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon. The group says forcing water and chemicals deep into […] March 4, 2013 New Yorks Fracking Decision May Hinge on Results of Geisinger Health Study New Yorks decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking may hinge on the results of a new health study by the Danville-based Geisinger Health System. The Associated Press reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, put off making a decision last month, partly on the advice of his former brother-in-law and environmental advocate […] December 3, 2012 Marylands Marcellus Shale Commission Begins To Set Fracking Guidelines While New York hit another snag in its attempt to draft hydraulic fracturing regulations, the panel tasked with creating Marylands fracking policy is moving forward. The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission held an initial vote last week. The Cumberland Times-News reports the panel decided: A minimum amount should be established for a […] November 21, 2012 New York Fracking Review Will Creep Into 2013 Another deadline, another delay, as New York State continues and continues to mull draft regulations allowing hydraulic fracturing within its borders. The Empire State implemented an effective moratorium on natural gas drilling during the Paterson Administration. As long as the state Department of Environmental Conservation delays issuing its guidelines, the moratorium continues.

The company had hoped to raise $1 million of the $7 million through an online site,, in a campaign that ended Monday. It raised only $301,019 from more than 2,000 donors. The organization raised $1.5 million outside of the Kickstarter campaign, according to the company’s spokeswoman Risa Heller. “The odds have been against us for a long time, but in the face of that difficulty we have made tremendous progress,” George Steel, general manager and artistic director for the company, said in a video for the failed online campaign. The company, dubbed “The People’s Opera” by former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, was founded on the principle that every New Yorker should be able to afford to go to the opera, Steel said. He explained that in order for the company to break even, it would have needed to sell every ticket for $600. Instead, the starting ticket price was set at $25 to make the experience affordable. The New York City Opera received critical praise for its world premieres of works including Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” and Anthony Davis’ “The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” It opened its current season on September 17 with the opera “Anna Nicole,” which turned out to be the company’s last production. “We need the help of the people we were founded to serve to put on our season this year,” Steel had said, speaking to New York residents and opera fans everywhere. “We need you to come together and carry it forward into the future. I hope we can count on you.” In a statement from the American Federation of Musicians, President Tino Gagliardi said that despite the musicians making great sacrifices in wages and benefits to keep the opera afloat, they long feared this would happen. “NYCO management’s reckless decisions to move the New York City Opera out of its newly renovated home at Lincoln Center … predictably resulted in financial disaster for the company,” Gagliardi said. The opera company left Lincoln Center in 2011 in an effort to save money. Since then it had staged performances at various venues.

New York City Opera files for bankruptcy

The annual race through the five boroughs will be known as the TCS New York City Marathon under an eight-year agreement. Financial terms werent disclosed. ING U.S. Inc. said about two months ago that it would end its sponsorship of the marathon after this years race as it moves away from its Dutch owner, ING Groep NV (INGA) , which has sponsored the event since 2003. The NYRR was seeking a partner that shared the belief in unlocking the potential in people to run, and elevating the health and wellness of whole communities, said Mary Wittenberg, the Road Runners chief executive officer. Technology has become such a big driver and influence in the city, so we were especially excited to tie those two areas together, Wittenberg said in a telephone interview. Though the partnership is signed and work will begin now on improving the NYRRs technology structure, Wittenberg said, the name change will begin Nov. 4, the day after this years NYC Marathon that is expected to draw about 48,000 runners. Were babes in the woods in terms of where we are with technology, Wittenberg said. There are a lot of areas we lead with New York Road Runners. I dont think its technology right now. TCS, a Mumbai-based part of Tata Sons Ltd., India s largest industrial conglomerate, has about 277,000 consultants in 44 countries, generating revenue of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, according to the statement. Other Marathons TCS has been the title sponsor of the Amsterdam Marathon and had smaller sponsorship deals with the races in New York, Boston , Chicago and Berlin, as well as running events in India.

If Manhattan is becoming so gilded, what happens to the artists and creative people that are essentially the backbone of its reputation and huge parts of the economy, because they cant afford to live there anymore? she asked. William Kelly, interim chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY), moderated the panel, which also featured Kate Levin, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Manhattan-based Center for an Urban Future. The event was part of the yearlong initiative, Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New Yorks Creative Economy, produced by CUNYs Graduate Center Public Programs and Advanced Research Collaborative in partnership with New York magazine. The initiative includes public conversations, panels, screenings and performances with acomposer Philip Glass, Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, director Shari Springer Berman and other artists, journalists, scholars and cultural leaders. The programs examine New Yorks creative industries and the benefits as well as complications ranging from new technologies to economic uncertainty to the end of Mayor Michael Bloombergs decade-plus tenure. As a sociologist, urban planning scholar and arts expert, Currid-Halkett has spilled plenty of ink on these topics in her books The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity, as well as in articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Harvard Business Review. Urban planning scholar Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (Photo/Yuan Yuan Kong) During the event, Currid-Halkett described the gentrification that artists have brought to neighborhoods like SoHo, Williamsburg and Chelsea. Artists and creative people are often the beginning of a whole economic development process, whereby you start with a bunch of starving artists being concentrated, she said. And then you have some bars move in, and then you have some restaurants, and then you have some galleries and nightlife, and then you have major retail. Before long, the neighborhoods become so desirable that they price out the artists with the exception of app developers, video game designers and a few highly commercial creative entrepreneurs. You still think of New York as a super-creative place, but were talking about major galleries in Chelsea where theyre selling $30 million paintings, Currid-Halkett said. Thats really different from the 1970s New York of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, when the whole city was alive with these young, artistic, bohemian people. This 21st century, gilded Manhattan is a problem because artists need communities and specifically urban density to advance their careers. Its not just about a nostalgic notion of the New York of yesteryear; its about accessing galleries and spaces, keeping current by attending art shows and performances, and connecting with potential collaborators. Basically, we need to figure out a place, even if it isnt on Manhattan, where these artistic people can thrive, Currid-Halkett said. It doesnt matter whether its in Brooklyn or Queens, she noted, but we have to do it somewhere or 15 years from now, we will really be at a loss with regards to our artistic community. This conversation holds particular weight as New York readies itself to choose a new mayor. There is this real expectation and lack of knowing of whats next, Currid-Halkett said.