Glorified Flea Markets: aka Street Fairs

There are a ton of things about New York City that make it unique and incomparable to any other place around.  Among the list, are weekend street fairs.  Typically these occur throughout the spring, summer and fall months.  There can be multiple happening throughout the city on any given day and what I love the most is stumbling upon one unexpectedly.  Especially when I am just enjoying a nice solo walk around town on a Sunday afternoon.  I walk everywhere here so I must admit I stumble upon them a lot.  If nothing else, it’s a change of scenery for my walk but occasionally I get sucked in to checking things out…like I did recently.

This one was on Madison Avenue from 42nd street all the way up to 50th.  I needed to run an errand on 45th street so it was perfect placement and timing.  In my experience, a lot of the street fairs are the same.  But for some reason, they just never get old.  They have similar tent setups at each one such as jewelry, souvenir clothing, dresses, scarves, electronics, smoothies, and of course food.  Believe it or not, some of the “street meat” as they call it here in NYC is not so bad.  I know…you are probably thinking…yuck.  But I have had my share throughout the last five years and while I don’t make it a habit, I have never really been disappointed.  In fact, Rachael Ray swears by some of the street food in the city and her blessing is enough for me.  Check out the video of her favorite NYC street food here.  Street fair food is a little different because the variety is all in one place – thai plates, gyros, fruit, kabobs, burritos, and lucky for me…this one had a crepe tent.  I totally tried it.

street fair crepe tent

Here is the chef whipping up my crepe.  There was a variety to choose from like plain, mozzarella & tomato, feta & spinach, ham & cheese and strawberries, bananas & chocolate.  I went with the ham & cheese.  I love a good ham & cheese sandwich so I figured crepe style would be a nice twist to the traditional.  I must say I enjoyed it quite a bit on my leisure walk home.  If I had another dollar I would have been able to score a $1 cup of fresh squeezed lemonade to go with it.  Oh well, maybe next time.  Now that I think about it, the only thing missing from these little fairs is a bar.  I guess they would have to get a liquor license or street permit of some sort but I think it would be a big hit.  I would be first in line.  Just think about what kind of business the smoothie tent would get if they spiked their drinks with vodka?  Or if there was a martini tent!?  Heck, I’d offer to work at it for the day if I could enjoy a drink every couple hours.  I think I may be on to something.  Until then, I will enjoy my occasional snack, sip on virgin lemonade and browse through some $5 jewelry at the next fair.

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