Fair to middling
Wed Nov 22 2006
The Center for an Urban Future, an NYC-based think tank combining "journalistic reporting techniques with traditional policy analysis," recently released a report unveiling some deep, dark truths about New York street fairs—mainly that they blow. After a coffee-spraying double take, we examined the study closely and came across some pretty hard-hitting deductions.
Street fairs, once a source of local color, now mostly exasperate New Yorkers. There are so many of them that any sense of novelty is gone, and they create clogged streets and unbearable traffic. The worst part, however, is that they are uniformly bland. Though the five boroughs are filled with incredibly diverse businesses and artists, the overwhelming majority of street fairs seem to have the same few items for sale, such as tube socks, knockoff purses and gyros.
While the report possesses the insider's knowledge of a first-week NYU freshman, we're inclined to agree with its assessment. Of course, we had a bad experience with tainted Italian sausage once, so perhaps we should withhold judgment.