Urban group plans for big NYC street fair

The News Leader

June 17, 2010 5:57:30 PM PDT
An asphalt Samba show. An outdoor Southern Mexican feast. A giant showcase for local artisans.These are some of the possible visions for New York City street fairs presented in a report Thursday by the Center for an Urban Future.

The group interviewed innovators in the worlds of art, food, culture, urban planning and music to get ideas for how the city could rid itself of generic displays selling tube socks and sausages.

The mayor's office says it's been working to make street fairs better by encouraging more community involvement and improving the permitting process.

Mort Berkowitz, president of a company that runs 14 of the city's 321 fairs, says he puts a lot of effort into making each fair unique and making sure it reflects its community.