Recap: StreetFest on the Bowery

Posted on: May 9th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

It was the first real weekend of nice weather so far this spring; a weekend replete with outdoor happenings.  Saturday afternoon, both the Hester Street Fair and New Museum’s StreetFest on the Bowery launched with great fanfare.  Both Lower East Side locations were mobbed, but the latter even more so.  The season of street fairs is upon us.

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More than a hundred street vendors turned out for the Festival of Ideas, peddling everything from notions of sustainable living and urban gardening to local art.  Even crochet artist Olek had a space on the Bowery, transporting her living room concept to the street from the Christopher Henry Gallery.

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However, being there almost felt like attending a yupster-driven version of a high school science fair, with the gimmicky tables winning most of the attention.  After all, how can you truly compete against craft beer and bike-blended smoothies; or artisanal products sourced from an organically sustainable, eco-friendly rooftop farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn?  Indeed, much of the event just seemed overblown and dominated by Brooklyn transplants.

And the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors station?  Practically empty.  Sign of the times, for sure.

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