NYC To Reduce Number Of Street Fairs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It looks like street fairs in the city are following the footsteps of parades – getting shorter with fewer of them.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is planning to make street fair hours shorter and reduce the number of overall fairs by combining some of them.

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On Monday, Bloomberg said the decision was simply one of dollars and cents.

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“We’re reducing street fairs like we’ve shortened parades.  We cannot afford to continue to provide the security that we need and continue to fight street crime and terrorism,” he said.

The city said it’s considering the measures in response to complaints from communities that the fairs create traffic congestion, noise and litter.

The mayor said that while he personally likes street fairs, the city was going to have to “do a lot more with less.”

Though many New Yorkers think it’s not fair to cut down on the number of street fairs, Bloomberg pointed out that there were “an awful lot of people that find the street fairs to be disruptive.”

Do you think the proposal is unfair? Let us know below!

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  1. Bronx says:

    The complaints are from 1) drivers, who pollute the air with exhaust fumes & loudspeakers; 2) Nebraska yuppies rich enough to live in Manhattan; 3) people who hate cultural diversity. Street fairs, like parades, are free entertainment for the poor. The vendors are pretty much the same, but they’re trying to EARN a living! They have to pay for licenses, for space, and they pay taxes! I do wish there were street fairs in the Bronx.

  2. TOOKIE says:

    AFTER WORKING ALL WEEK, I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING INTO THE CITY TO SEE THE SITES AND THEN JUST WHEN ALL WAS GOING WELL-BAM- A STREET FAIR-FOR NO REASON- NO SPECIAL OCCASION- AND INTERRUPTING TRAFFIC. NO MORE. I CAN STAY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND DEAL WITH TRAFFIC. I SAY CUT THEM DOWN TO SIZE.

  3. Murray says:

    Same vendors at each street fair selling the leftover food as they move from fair to fair! Ban them all!!!

  4. Auburn Dale says:

    “Mort & Ray Productions, which plans to run 14 fairs this year….”

    WRONG!! Mort & Ray Productions run only ONE street fair that moves from place to place. You never get a sense of a neighborhood’s local flavor because local establishments aren’t allowed to participate (the professional vendors don’t want the competition).

  5. Eddie says:

    The only fairs worth keeping are the 9th ave and the Brooklyn Antics on Atlantic Ave. Businesses/restaurants have table out at these not just those roving vendors.

  6. JB says:

    What does selling tube socks and cheap wallets have to do with what makes the city great? Exactly what are the street fairs celebrating — junk food and junk?

    1. Nick says:

      You said it!

    2. Hooray for Krap! says:

      JB,

      These wonderful street fairs celebrate the gullibility of the stupid, a time-honored tradition.

  7. GREG says:

    THEY SHOULD GET RID OF ALL THE STREET FAIRS. IT THE SAME PEOPLE AT EACH FAIR SELLING THE SAME JUNK AND FOOD. IT MAKES TRAFFIC A NIGHTMARE ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN YOU SHOULDBE ABLE TO DRIVE AROUND THE CITY…

  8. Gregg says:

    Years ago street fares were great. Today it’s the same people in most cases selling junk ! My last purchase at a NY street fare was a set of sheets,when I opened them at home it was a bunch of fabric pieces sewn together – I was ripped off ! Cash sale ,no receipt , never again !

    1. Your smarmy teacher says:

      Gregg,

      Perhaps if you knew how to spell this wouldn’t have happened to you.

  9. nathan says:

    When they first started they were great – local merchants and mom and pops selling their wares at discount prices. Now they are just the same tables every 2 blocks, hawking cheap cr*p sold by wholesale discounters.

  10. Linda says:

    If the mayor can build street parks and street cafes to eliminate traffic flow permanently, why can’t the city have a street that is temporary

  11. Rod says:

    The same vendors and the same lousy food just moved around from neighborhood to neighborhood. Fairs? These aren’t fairs. They are lairs of cheats with shoddy merchandise ripping off customers. And with all the fooling around with bike lanes that the City has done, they now create more traffic with reduced street lanes.

    Let’s be fair and end unfair fairs.

    1. Fairs: Unfair! says:

      Fair enuff.

  12. frank says:

    i hope they get rid of the one on 18ave in bensonhurst brooklyn nothing but problems everyyear.

    1. Joe says:

      I hope they get rid of Bensonhurst

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