Street Fairs Are Back

NYC Street Fairs return 2021

Photo by Flickr user Riley Kaminer

This past Saturday, the First Avenue Festival returned to the Upper East Side (from 68th to 79th Streets). Officers from the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, located at 153 East 67th Street (between Third and Lex) attended to enjoy the festivities and keep things safe.

On Tuesday, June 8, a “Neighborhood Block Party on 90th Street” will take place at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 1085 Fifth Avenue from 6-8pm. “We’ll have live jazz, a special performance from the Big Apple Gay & Lesbian Marching Band, food for purchase from family-owned restaurants in East Harlem, and activities for kids!” Here’s the eventbrite link.

On Saturday, June 12 from 10am to 6pm, the Lexington Ave Festival will take place between 60th and 66th Streets. FairsandFestivals.net says vendor booths will feature a “diverse range of arts and crafts items, merchandise, antiques, collectibles and much more. There will be delicious food, live entertainment, rides, and fun for all.”

The Upper East Side Food Fair will take place on Friday, June 25, also from 10am to 6pm. This street fair takes place along 54th Street from Lexington to Third Avenue.

“Fairs and festivals are huge economic generators for communities across the state, and last year they were all put on hold due to the COVID pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said in a recent press release issuing new guidance for statewide fairs and festivals. “As more New Yorkers get vaccinated and we continue to keep the positivity and hospitalization rates down, we are readjusting our reopening strategy and allowing more events and attractions to resume. This new guidance will allow our county fairs and local festivals to open at the greatest capacity possible so they can remain economically viable, while still ensuring public health and safety.”

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