NYC Declared ‘Most Vegan-Friendly City’ On Steps of City Hall With Skyline Replica Carved From Vegetables

Actor Alan Cumming, Council Member Corey Johnson Announce Veggie Verdict With PETA

For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – New York, once known for its strip steak, will be declared 2014’s “Most Vegan-Friendly City” on the steps of City Hall. Actor Alan Cumming, who credits his vegan diet with giving him the boundless energy that he displays on stage and screen, will join PETA to present City Council members with a Manhattan skyline replica carved entirely from vegetables.

When:   Wednesday, September 17, 11 a.m.

Where:  Steps of City Hall, New York

“New York boasts more than 140 vegetarian restaurants, countless veggie-friendly establishments, and the first vegetarian public school,” says City Council member Corey Johnson, whose West Side district includes vegan hotspots such as Blossom, Terri, and Gobo. “The trend in green cuisine is healthful, draws food tourists, and employs thousands.”

Cumming, who currently stars on Broadway in Cabaret and on CBS’ The Good Wife, avoids animal products not only for his health but also out of concern for animals. “Rotten carcasses don’t feel good in my body,” says the critically acclaimed actor and PETA spokesperson, who started eating vegan two years ago.

The towering platter that Cumming and Johnson will hold aloft outside City Hall features a replica of the New York skyline carved from root vegetables and surrounded by colorful garnish. It was sculpted by food artist James Parker and contains butternut squash, taro root, radishes, eggplant, broccoli, carrots, lemongrass, banana leaves and beets.

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