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Here’s What the Future of City’s Street Fairs Could Look Like

(DNAINFO)  Nicole Levy | June 10, 2016 — City street fairs have been called tedious and boring. One man is trying to change that.

On a sunny Sunday in May, vendors assembled on the Upper East Side to sell terrariums, Chinese street crepes, knock-off Cronuts, vegan frozen mousse, cruelty-free soaps, Japanese fried octopus fritters and cuff links crafted with paint chips found at the 2nd Avenue subway station.

They plied their wares in the middle of Third Avenue, at a street fair that resembled few others in the city. Conspicuously absent were the arepas, costume jewelry, funnel cakes and cellphone cases you can find on New York City blacktops any given spring or summer weekend. In their place: picnic tables shaded by umbrellas, musicians playing R&B and solo trumpet, and gear for games of cornhole.

”Street fairs have been synonymous with tube socks, sausages, pashminas for quite some time now,” said the Chelsea event’s architect, Pop Up New York founder and managing director Evan Berman, whose company’s stated mission is to refresh and customize festivals that many New Yorkers have come to consider predictable and monotonous.

Source: Here’s What the Future of City’s Street Fairs Could Look Like – Chelsea – DNAinfo New York