The New York Post reports that the River Cafe is suing the New York Public Art Fund and Danish artist Olafur Eliasson for $3 million in damages they claim were the direct result of last year’s NYC Waterfalls art installation along the East River.
New York Post: There were 90 to 120 days of saltwater rain coming down on us,” restaurateur Buzzy O’Keeffe said.
“It ate up aluminum and steel. It short-circuited our electrics. We had fires on our roof.”
“The paint was ruined, the awnings were ruined, our outdoor lights are broken, and a lot of our trees just couldn’t take it. It’s left the place destroyed,” O’Keeffe said.
The restaurant’s gardens — much of which had been growing for more than 30 years — started to turn brown days after the waterfall was turned on, he said.
Amid complaints, a Parks Department official confirmed that the water was damaging trees — but the soaking didn’t stop.
“They did nothing,” O’Keeffe said. “They knew it was happening, but the waterfall kept on going.