Summer (almost) in NYC!

IMG_0886 Apparently, New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship with street fairs. You either love 'em or hate 'em. Personally, I love 'em. I don't drive in the city, so they don't clog up any intersections I have to commute across. I like smelling the large gamut of greasy foods. I love being able to grab a fruit smoothie a couple of blocks away when they're around. And I'm fond of cheap stuff.

Today, I stumbled upon the Lexington Avenue Spring Jubilee running from 34th to 23rd street. It made the walk to Madison Square Park a bit more entertaining, and I dig the bazaar-style smells, wares, and people. Plus, one of these days I might actually by one of those gypsy free-flowing dresses. If not for now, it's good to know they're around, just in case. I did buy a couple of eats that I'd been jonesin' for since the last time I ran into one of these, but somehow the flavors & textures weren't what I was hoping for. Bummer. But the tacos are usually a hit as well as the corn and fruit smoothies.

According to one article I found, NYC street fairs originated in the 60s and 70s. They sell all kinds of food stuffs, cotton-y dresses, cheap jewelry, music, posters, magnets, and you name it. Usually the same things are sold in each fair, so variety can be limited. But it also gives you a chance to find something you might have wanted and missed out on the last one you stumbled upon.

For a listing of NYC street fairs, check out these links.

About.com
NYC Street Fairs

Bon appétit & enjoy the sunny days!

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