Because Art is important, no matter what the government officials think/say/do ARt is important to us as human beings.
Artists-especially performers are gifted and moved to connect with people, to entertain , make people laugh or get involved in non-linear conversations in the form of heart-felt, energetic performances or music making.
Most of us appreciate being distracted from the daily routine by a beautiful performance or piece of music in the park as we walk through, many of us are more than happy to reward this pleasant and uplifting distraction (IE reminder of our artistic, human nature) with a monetary donation.
The NYC Parks and Recreation Department would like to take away the rights of Artists to get paid to do what they love in public parks. Let's voice our disagreement with this regulation. Street Performers and musicians will be allowed to perform in public parks, Freely in areas of their own discretion for donations.