Seen & Heard: Newfangled Street Fair Today

••• There’s a street fair on Beach today, east of Greenwich. Benefiting Transportation Alternatives, it’s one of Pop Up New York‘s new-style street fairs, meaning it’s trying not to be crappy—i.e., ramen burgers rather than Italian sausages. (Pop Up New York is an offshoot of Clearview Festival Productions, one of the two big street-fair companies.) It’ll give us a sense of what to expect on Warren on Sept. 16. I’m out of town, so if anyone wants to file a report on what it’s like, please do.

••• Pen Parentis’s fall salon season starts Sept. 13 with readings by “Welsh-born master storyteller Simon Van Booy, film critic Thelma Adams, and Daphne Uviller, whose trilogy has just been optioned for television.” More info.

••• Opening Sept. 9 at Joseph Carini Carpets: Beauty of Life. “Two of the four nature themes seen throughout Japanese ceramic artist Yuki Hayama’s pottery, Water and Earth, are brought to life on the larger canvas of the carpets designed by Joseph Carini in this collaboration. Our showroom will be presenting a new collection of four carpets based on designs by Yuki Hayama alongside a large selection of his incredible hand painted pottery.”

courtesy Joseph Carini Carpets••• Sept. 7 at Manhattan Youth: A book launch for After 9/11 by Helaina Hovitz, who “was twelve years old and in middle school at I.S. 89 when the World Trade Center was attacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl living in Lower Manhattan, attending Downtown Day Camp, and growing up with undiagnosed PTSD after living through the events firsthand. Her story chronicles its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion. After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day, and for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning. Above all, it is a story of hope, and a story that illustrates the resilience of the children of Lower Manhattan and their families.” RSVP here.



  1. PTSD is something I have also and many others. We raised our children in this neighborhood that was told it was “safe:” to live after the attack. They have all gone through hard times at that time living down here. We all can write our own books. Between the Anxiety and illnesses and landlords that didn’t do the right thing by us.

  2. “Ramen burgers instead of Italian sausages.”

    You have a problem with people who aren’t white or as white as you, or at least not of your ethnicity or perceived approximation of it.

    For example, you groused about the Clear View street fairs on your precious block which are worked by people of Italian, Greek, Armenian etc. descent yet you don’t say shi t about the street fairs for the TriBeCa Film Festival and Taste Of TriBeCa run by monied white people who aren’t of those ethnicities.

    You then groused about how the food market opening in Chinatown wasn’t “American” whatever the hell that means. Besides that why the hell do you want another place like Eataly when one just opened in the WTC?

    Now you’re hoping this street fair on Beach Street doesn’t sell ethnic food like Italian sausages like the CV fairs and the San Gennaro Feast do. What if it did? Don’t buy it if you don’t like it. Why disrespect the San Gennaro Feast (which may or may not be the first street fair in Manhattan if not all of NYC) by alluding to it with your “Italian sausages” nonsense? Ever stop to think some of your readers like myself are Italian American? Take great pride in our heritage, food, and feast which paved the way for all current street fairs? You took a shot at the SGF thus my people and I, so I’m sending it back.

    Here’s a concept to wrap around your brain: A street fair can sell Italian sausages as well as ramen burgers, or does it have to cater to only your tastes?

    You come off like a typical vegetarian/vegan hipster/millenial who just moved here from ______ and wants everyone to be like him just sayin’.

    • The tone of this guy sounds like that other troll that was angry about the street fairs thing a few weeks ago.

      Anyhow, just wanted to add my two cents. I never got the impression that this blog was anything other than one person expressing his own opinions about the neighborhood. If you took it as anything more, then it’s really your fault.

      With that said, I also never got the impression that he had a problem with anything different. Quite the opposite, I always felt like he wanted different things. Great example is the Italian sausage thing. There’s nothing disparaging being said about italian sausages.. or italians.. or the san genarro festival (which is a pretty lame straw man argument). The fact is that EVERY SINGLE street fair in the city has the same stuff. Italian sausages. Cheap bed sheets. Reggae mix-tapes. Watermelon cut up by the Chinese guys. Etc… And as much as I personally hate the whole idea of a ramen burger, the point being made is that something different would be nice for a change.

  3. In short, you have a problem with the different, the other, the foreign and it’s sad. You even have a problem with the print name of the neighborhood which was, is, and always will be TriBeCa, deal with it.