Street Festivals in NYC Should Be Whacked!

Street Festivals Suck!

Besides being a nuisance to those living in neighborhoods, street festivals in New York City need to take the route of the squeegee men. They must be systematically eliminated or at least limited to a few every year.

Not only are these festivals generic, simplistic, and mass produced – they clog up the already narrow and much needed streets. It’s like U.N. Week every Sunday in some neighborhoods of Manhattan. There’s no way around or through certain areas.

Getting rid of these festivals would save the city tons of hassle and would also improve the lives of those living in the areas drastically by reducing the noise and digestive pollution that they carry. Not to mention, you’ll save a lot of cash instead of buying fake Pashima shawls and branded purses along with “authentic” trinkets made in China.

10 Comments so far

  1. yakov on September 29th, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    Yes, I don’t know why in the most interesting city in the world, all street fairs completely BLOW

  2. dhaval mehta (dhaval) on September 29th, 2008 @ 11:23 am

    The reason, Yakov, is that they’re all McDonaldized. They all have the same things. If there were 5 really unique street fairs with themes during the year, like the Diwali festival at South Street Seaport then it would be worthwhile.

  3. Samat (tamasrepus) on September 29th, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    There’s one thing I find at the street fairs that I have a difficult time finding elsewhere: the aprepas, the sweet corn cakes with cheese.

  4. creatrixx on September 30th, 2008 @ 6:21 am

    i was so happy to read this post and know that i am not insane!

    absolutely the street festivals suck. and a few other things suck as well:

    tickertape parades for sports teams
    the thanksgiving day parade — in fact, all the damn parades!
    fireworks along the east river
    the U.N.

    this city is just too big and busy and complex for these kinds of events. it costs the taxpayers millions in cleanup and security, people always get hurt (or robbed, or raped) and there is ongoing partisan squabbling over who does or doesn’t get to have a parade, or who did or didn’t march in it. i mean, don’t we have enough real problems to deal with? we really don’t need these distractions and resource drains.

    what can i tell you? call me ebenezer!

  5. l710 on September 30th, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    Yes let’s re-think these street festivals. The same vendors repeat every 2 blocks or so and every festival has the exact same vendors. There really is nothing festive about these street fairs.
    If each street fair were a type of festival celebrating something specific it may be interesting. They sell pretty crappy stuff that can sometimes be bought around town for the same price or less.

    Okay – so one person would miss the aprepas (sweet corn cakes with cheese). They must exist somewhere in this city or it’s boroughs.

    Let’s get a petition going to ban this waste!

  6. crossroads on October 1st, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

    Bravo and Amen to that!

    I thought I was alone. Years ago the neighborhood would actually participate and the fairs were like huge garage sales with interesting and unique items.

    Everything in New York City seems to have become canned fun- and Bloomberg isn’t helping – blech.

    I also want to echo the sentiment of "creatrixx" in going beyond just banning Street fairs. Get rid of all this crap. NYC is not a playground and for those that want playgrounds – GO TO one.

  7. weirdsoul on October 2nd, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    Why have you deleted my comment about Eid? Are muslims not a part of big apple? :(

  8. dhaval mehta (dhaval) on October 2nd, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    It was deleted because it was perceived as a spam message.

    Since the message had nothing to do with the post, it was deleted and perceived as someone trying to get an incoming link to their own Website. If there was an Eid post then by all means the message would have been welcome.

  9. atom on October 3rd, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    And some poeple think the once a month critical mass is annoying! Where are peoples priorities?

  10. weirdsoul on October 4th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the explanation. I don’t see any representation from NYC muslims on this blog (which is really very sad) so an Eid post was not a possibility. Still many muslims readers do read this blog so I wanted to wish them all.

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