In the News: Street-Fair Ban

••• “The city has banned all weekday street fairs in lower Manhattan indefinitely, citing the multitude of construction projects that are already choking the neighborhood’s streets.” It’s a start! This would seem to punish local residents (who will be here on weekends and holidays, when the fairs will now be), and hurt local workers (who, along with tourists, patronize the schlockfests). CB1 opposes it for its own very good reason: “The board planned to raise about $30,000 this year by hosting its own series of street fairs, and now staff is scrambling to move the weekday fairs to weekends and holidays. […] The community board is also speaking to elected officials in the hope of overturning the city’s new policy.” I really need to take a new street-fair photo, but I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more like a tourist than when I took the last one. (DNAinfo)

••• “More than two dozen Tribeca parents were shocked to learn this week that their children likely won’t be going to kindergarten in the neighborhood. Parents of the 28 children on the wait list for P.S. 234  received letters telling them that their kindergartners will instead be offered seats in Chinatown at P.S. 130, at  Baxter and Hester Streets, just north of Canal Street.” (Tribeca Trib)

••• “Madelyn Wils is trading the Coney Island boardwalk and the body shops of Willets Point, Queens, for the green patches and esplanades that line the Hudson River waterfront in Manhattan. Ms. Wils, a longtime resident of Tribeca, is leaving an executive position at the New York City Economic Development Corporation to become the president and chief executive of the Hudson River Park Trust, which manages the public lands along the river below 59th Street. Ms. Wils succeeds Connie Fishman, who left the trust in February to oversee real estate for the YMCA of Greater New York.” (New York Times)

••• “Renovation with intent to resell is a high-stakes game at 92 Laight Street, the tower half of Tribeca’s River Lofts. Not only do the makeover-minded have to compare their work to Gwyneth Paltrow’s fuzzy nap zones, but there are a few owners already trying to make big profits on their apartments in the building (where Meryl Streep has a penthouse). So how did #12BD do? Pretty well, we’d say! The 3BR, 4BA, 3,838-square-foot apartment was “gut renovated and fully customized” before the owner put it on the market (and gave it its own website) for $12.5 million.” (Curbed)

••• Shake Shack BPC is looking close to opening. (Eater)

••• “The group NYC Park Advocates claimed Thursday to have obtained an internal document that instructs parks workers in Battery Park City not to enforce the smoking ban.” (NY1, via Curbed)

••• “With new ground lease agreement now finalized for the 11 original condominium buildings in Battery Park City, realtors in the area who have been seeing improvement in the market already are predicting a stronger and more resilient property market.” I bet! (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that [developer Yair] Levy did indeed defraud Battery Park City’s troubled Rector Square and deplete its reserve fund by $1.6 million.” (Curbed)



  1. Thank you for coining the perfect name for street fairs: schlockfests. I would be happy if they banned everything but crafts from them. You, however, erred in stating that they will “punish local residents”. The city is unaware that there are local residents. Our lack of city buses on weekends and anything after commuter hours during the week, our constant battle for schools for real children, etc. etc. testify to the fact that city officials still think it is 1950 below Canal Street. Amazing, when most of them work in the neighborhoods here yet are still unaware of our presence.

  2. @Betty: It’s funny, I almost pointed that out in the item. Every time there’s an overamplified rally on the west side of City Hall Park—which is every three days or so—I think that same thing: The city thinks no one lives around there (otherwise, why not let the rallies be on that plaza across from the Brooklyn Bridge?).

  3. Maybe you need to design a new tee shirt that says something like:
    Hey Mr. Mayor, Downtown Residents are real… and we vote!
    Gotta be a big seller. Available for rallies; which, by the way, probably can’t be on the B.Bridge side of the park because of two reasons.
    1) Their reason (for everything): security for the bridge and city hall; and
    2) My reason: don’t have nasty citizens blocking the tourists’ view of our great bridge.

  4. Shake Shack opens this Wednesday!