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Rethinking New York’s Street Fairs

Report - August 2006

Rethinking New York’s Street Fairs

In this policy brief, the Center documents that city street fairs are dominated by a handful of the same vendors selling bland items like tube socks and t-shirts, and that a surprisingly high percentage of vendors are based outside of the city. It calls on the city to make the fairs less generic.

by Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton

Tags: street fairs economic growth boroughs

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Update: October 2008 Update: Changes Ahead for NYC’s Street Fairs? Our 2006 report about the problems with New York’s street fairs may now be prompting the Bloomberg administration to consider wholesale changes in how the events are run. The New York Times reported that Mayor Bloomberg recently said that street fairs were too numerous and too homogeneous, echoing our critique that street fairs are overly generic and don’t reflect what’s unique about the city.