Katz calls for free Paul Simon concert at Flushing Meadows


Paul Simon

Today, Paul Simon announced that he was coming home to Queens for the final performance of his farewell tour.

“Homeward Bound — The Farewell Performance” will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, September 22.

However, the show is the first major concert in the park in decades and Borough President Melinda Katz isn’t thrilled about the idea of paid admission events in public parks.

“Queens adores the fact that Paul Simon has chosen to come home for the final concert of his Farewell Tour. As a lifelong fan, I am absolutely thrilled,” Katz said. “The news, however, is bittersweet. The City of New York could have – and should have – turned this long-anticipated homecoming of Paul Simon into a free concert for all in the park, not limited to those who can afford to pay concert ticket prices at the expense of the surrounding community.


Borough President Melinda Katz

“There are still several days before tickets go on sale. In fairness to all New Yorkers, the City should figure out a way to make this historic performance free and accessible to everyone,” Katz further stated.

In recent years, Katz has shared her concerns regarding for-profit companies running paid admission events in the city’s public parks.

During his announcement of the show, Simon also indicated that he will be donating all personal proceeds from the event to a cause that will be announced at a later date.


4 thoughts on “Katz calls for free Paul Simon concert at Flushing Meadows

  • June 20, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Some Queens-ite!!! He sang of the beloved Queensborough Bridge as the 59th Street Bridge. Feh Simon! Feh!

  • June 20, 2018 at 11:19 PM

    Would love to see him , please inform me of progress for a free concert.

  • June 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    let the concert go as planed, let the money collected go to the what ever charity. maybe one of our tv networks give a live feed of the concert to all of ny to see. free concert, less congestion in the flushing park area.

  • August 22, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Gday luv
    Yes a free concert would be nice after all its his home base
    Do let me know if it will be free


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