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State's Top Court Says Parks Department Can Build Seasonal Restaurant in Union Square

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The state's top court says that a hotly contested restaurant in Union Square Park is a go.

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Parks and Recreation can build a seasonal restaurant in the park's northern pavilion.

The department first signed the 15-year agreement with Chef Driven Market in 2012.

Critics then filed suit, saying that the agreement violated the public's trust, but the court has now dismissed that complaint.

The restaurant will be open from April through October and will pay the city an annual fee of at least $300,000 the first year, and at least $450,000 in its final year.

A spokesperson for the Union Square Community Coalition said that the ruling is disgraceful and hopes that Mayor Bill de Blasio will oppose the restaurant.

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