Street Fairs: neither on streets nor fair

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Why don't they just call them avenue concessions?

Do you think it is fair to place them on avenues, resulting in traffic jams? What is the difficulty of placing them on streets? This would solve both truth in advertising and congestion in a crowded city? Considering the exhaust from idling engines and frustration of inconveinance, and the logical alternative, where is the wisdom? Am I missing something here?

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Where else could you get Meat on a Stick?

It's every New Yorker's birthright, right down there with jaywalking.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Who needs to eat a sausage and pepper hero anyway?

They just clog your arteries and if you really knew what goes into a sausage, well... As for the other items and trinkets for sale, NYC should let Walmart in already and be done with it. Sheesh. No more need for avenue concessions. Problem solved. ;-)

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

My problem isn't with the vendors but with their location. Or rather the location of the place where it gives me a pain....

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DvB (not verified)

I love sausage and peppers (and I don't care what's in the sausage) and I love those cheese/corn muffin things, and I love old vinyl records and I love being able to buy 50 socks for $4.00. . . . And I've never -- not once -- been inconvenienced by a street fair while riding my bike.

Long live street (avenue) fairs!


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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

"You might not ride a car but you or some other fellow human being might just need to get to a hospital ASAP and miss that golden moment due to a jam resulting from one of these carnivals. Consider air quality degradation due to traffic backing up. Then consider locating one of these sausage and sock mills on a street rather than an avenue.

I like music (perhaps not all music) but I don't like it playing from the adjacent apartment at 3 am. Time and place do matter. The Iching says, ""as to a house, location is the essential matter, timing is so to human interaction."""

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Donald Bear (not verified)

They don't call them avenue concessions because they ARE Street Fairs. Like parkways (not for parking) & driveways (not for driving), the name isn't literal.

If you don't like the NY tradition of street fairs, go to the Hamptons like everyone else. I happen to love them (kettle corn, sausages, being harrassed to pay for a back rub, etc.), and look forward to finding them every weekend.

A hint: don't try driving in the city on weekends & wear a painters' mask if you want to avoid the polution

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carl (not verified)

mozzerella cakes and giant containers of spices cheap. What could be bad?

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Ron Thomson (not verified)

"Hate is a strong word.
I hate ""street fares"". Especially when there in my neighborhood. I really don't need to see all the stuff that nobody wants to buy all lumped together in some huge smelly noisy obstruction. They might have been ""quaint"" a hundred years ago but there just a major pain in the ass as far as I can see. Especially when they are on an avenue and it backs up traffic accross all the other avenues.
Pretty hard to cycle round as I witnessed first hand on Park Ave last Saturday.
Cyclists get arrested and their bikes confiscated for that kind of obstruction.

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Alfredo Garcia (not verified)
try it--you'll like it

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Saturday & Sunday

May 20 & 21, 2006

9 am - 7 pm

37th to 57th Streets

9th Avenue is in Midtown Manhattan
2 Blocks West of Times Square

Hell's Kitchen Cooks Up
A Fabulous Feast of Foods From Around The World

Related Note: There's at least one bike delivery business (Direct Rush, near Esposito's Meat Shop), three bike shops and one pedicab garage on Ninth Ave. and one bike shop near Eighth Ave. that sells Adidas shoes that cyclists with toe clips would love...

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