Jay-Z Denied Permit to Perform Concert on Midtown Rooftop
By Kiratiana Freelon on June 18, 2010 7:11am
By Yepoka Yeebo
MANHATTAN — A Jay-Z performance on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater planned for Monday was axed by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting on Thursday.
Echoing last year's performance by Paul McCartney, Brooklyn-born rapper planned to give a Midtown concert in the middle of rush-hour before an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," at West 53rd Street and Broadway, the New York Post reported.
"There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit," Julianne Cho, spokeswoman for the film office told the Post.
The NYPD had already asked organizers to front $100,000 to cover overtime for cops and city workers on the night. The concert was supposed to be a surprise, but word of it leaked out on Thursday, ending any chance at a permit, the Post reported.
"Many permits are granted on the condition that the event is not made public beforehand for capacity and security reasons," Cho told the paper. "This event was made public."