Great news: City Hall has picked up on our proposal to overhaul the way street fairs are organized in the City.
Too often, these fairs have very little real connection to the neighborhoods whose streets they close. I have heard from many people over the years about their inconvenience and downright sameness, such as endless blocks of socks, sausages, and cell phone cases. I said enough is enough – and released a set of proposals to limit street fairs and make sure they return to their neighborhood roots.
Earlier this week, City Hall announced proposed new rules in exactly that direction. We now have an opportunity to reduce the inconvenience and increase the value of street fairs for communities across our city. And in this process, we will work to mitigate any impacts on local non-profits that have come to rely on them for annual revenues.
Street fair reform is an idea that we helped develop because of hearing from people like you. I look forward to working together to finish the job.
Ps. For coverage of, and more of my thoughts on the issue, check out recent articles in Politico New York and the New York Post.