Friday, January 19, 2018

Musician David Byrne calls for more flea markets in NYC

nyc street fairs report june2010In a report issued by The Center for an Urban Future, 25 “architects, urbanists, artists, developers and other innovative thinkers” were asked for their opinions on New York City’s street fairs. At issue: these street fairs tend to be identical no matter where they are held, in part because they are operated by the same companies and vendors.

Mayor Bloomberg wants to reduce the number of fairs. He says that the costs in police overtime are prohibitive.

Several experts cited in the report would prefer more local control and individualization tailored to the neighborhood in which street fairs are held. Two specifically suggested that flea markets would be a better choice:

David Byrne, musician and co-founder of the Talking Heads:

“Maybe more flea markets and block events is the way to go, provided the items relate to said block. How about a flea market on Governor’s Island?”

Holly Hotchner, museum director:

“I think it would be great to have more flea markets. In general we don’t have places to put flea markets, but when you think about flea markets in Europe, they’re really just closed streets; they close streets down and let people set booths up. To me that would be a lot more interesting. You never know what you might discover.”

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