leisure 07.21.03

Street Fairs

At what meeting was it decided that New York needs more street fairs? Was it at that meeting that some politician gave in to the funnel-cakes-for-street-fairs lobby? Was that politician Alfonse D'Amato? Based on no evidence, we'd say probably yes. And even though not a single New York City resident likes street fairs or funnel cakes, can any of this be stopped? Probably not.

You can trace the origin of funnel cakes back to the Pennsylvania Dutch. Many cuisines have a deep-fried batter something-or-other but somehow the Pennsylvania Dutch have cornered the apparently lucrative street fair game. Maybe D'Amato gave the P. Dutch (if we can contemporize them a bit) a sop since their other culinary achievements — things like red beet eggs and rivvel soup (comprised of milk, an egg, flour, and salt) — have yet to make much of an impact on the city's chefs.

Whatever your deeply held/fried views of P. Dutch funnel cakes, you may want to know where the street fairs are going to be between now and the end of their high season (we've included fairs that will take up five or more blocks). Plan accordingly: get yer red-hot funnel cakes or steer clear.

Saturday, July 26
· Village Reform Democratic Club Festival, 11am-6pm; University Pl bet Waverly Pl - 14th St

Sunday, July 27
· The Motion Picture Club Festival 11am-6pm; Seventh Ave bet 47th - 56th Streets
· East Side Rezoning Alliance Street Fair 11am-6pm; Third Avenue bet 42nd St - 57th St

Sunday, August 3
· Avenue of the Americas Assn. Festival 11am-6pm; Sixth Avenue bet 42nd St - 56th St
· Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center Festival 11am-6pm; Columbus Ave bet 66th St - 72nd St

Saturday, August 9
· Seaport Community Coalition Street Fair 11am-6pm; Water Street bet Fulton St - Broad St
· Caring Community Street Fair 11am-6pm; Washington Square North bet 5th Ave-6th Ave

Sunday, August 10
· The Workmen's Circle Festival 11am-6pm; Madison Avenue bet 42nd St - 57th St

Saturday, August 16
· Village Visiting Neighbors Street Fair 11am-6pm; University Place bet Waverly Pl-14th St
· NY Young Republican Club Festival 11am-6pm; Seventh Ave bet 47th St - 57th St

Sunday, August 17
· 23rd St Assn. & St. Cecile Scholarship Fund Street Fair 11am-6pm; Sixth Ave bet 14th -23rd St
· East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue Festival 11am-6pm; Lexington Ave bet 45th St-57th St
· Harlem Day 2003 Street Festival 10am-6pm; 135th Street bet St. Nicholas Ave-Fifth Ave

Saturday, August 23
· Our Lady of Pompei Church Festival 11am-6pm; Bleecker St bet 6th Ave-7th Ave; and Carmine St bet 6th Ave-Varick St
· Church of the Good Shepard Street Fair 11am-6pm; Third Avenue bet 23rd St - 34th St

Sunday, August 24
· Daytop Village Street Festival 11am-6pm; Madison Ave bet 42nd St - 57th St
· Gramercy Park Republican Club Street Fair 11am-6pm; Third Avenue bet 14th Street - 23rd St
· Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Com. Ctr Festival 11am-6pm; Greenwich Avenue bet Sixth Ave-West 12th St
· Friends of DagHammarskjold Plaza Street Fair 11am-6pm; Second Avenue bet 43rd St - 53rd St
· Brazilian Festival Mardi Gras 9am-6pm; Sixth Avenue bet 42nd St - 56th St; and 46th Street bet Fifth and Seventh Avenues

Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)
· Manhattan East Community Assn. Street Fair 11am-6pm; Third Avenue bet 34th St - 42nd St

Saturday, September 6
· Village Center for Care Street Festival 11am-6pm; Bleecker Street bet 7th Ave-Bank St
· Big Apple Performing Arts Festival 11am-6pm; Seventh Avenue bet 47th St - 57th St

Sunday, September 7
· Penn South Independence Street Fair 11am-6pm; Ninth Avenue bet 23rd St - 31st St
· Third Avenue Festival 11am-5:30pm; Third Avenue bet 66th St - 86th St

September 11 - 21
· Figli di San Gennaro Feast 11:30am-11:30pm; Mulberry Street bet Canal-Houston Sts

Saturday, September 13
· Congress of Racial Equality Street Fair 11am-6pm; University Place bet Waverly Pl - 14th St
· Chelsea Midtown Democrats Street Festival 11am-6pm; 8th Avenue bet 14th St - 23rd St

Sunday, September 14
· Bellevue South Community Assn. Street Fair 11am-6pm; Second Avenue bet 23rd St -34th St
· 92nd Street Y Festival 11am-6pm; Lexington Ave bet 79th St - 96th St

Friday, September 19
· Ancient Order of Hibernians Street Festival 11am-6pm; Sixth Avenue bet 42nd St - 56th St
· Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness & Housing Fest 11am-6pm; Broadway bet 110th St - 118th St

Sunday, September 21
· New York Is Book Country Book Fair 11am-5pm; Fifth Avenue bet 40th St - 52nd Sts
· Tudor City Assn. Street Festival 11am-6pm; Second Avenue bet 43rd St - 53rd St
· Columbus Avenue Festival 11am-6pm; Columbus Avenue bet 66th St - 86th St

Saturday, September 27 (Rosh Hashanah)
· Transportation Alternatives Street Festival 11am-6pm; 4th Ave bet 8th St - 14th St
· The Alliance of Guardian Angels Festival 11am-6pm; Seventh Avenue bet 47th St - 57th St

Saturday, October 4
· Fed. to Preserve the Greenwich Village Waterfront Fair 11am-6pm; Greenwich Ave bet 6th Ave-7th Ave
· Boys Club of New York Alumni 11am-6pm; Avenue A bet Houston St - 14th St

Sunday, October 5
· Cathedral High School Street Fair 11am-6pm; Lexington Avenue bet 42nd St - 57th St

Saturday, October 11
· Gramercy Park Block Association Festival 11am-6pm; Park Avenue South bet 17th St - 23rd St
· Friends of the 13th Precinct Street Fair 11am-6pm; Second Avenue bet 14th St - 23rd St
· Upper West Side Recycling Center Street Festival 11am-6pm; Broadway bet 110th St - 118th St

Sunday, October 12
· Friends of Community Board No. 2 11am-6pm; Sixth Ave bet 8th St-14th St
· Soldiers, Sailors, Marines & Airmen's Club Festival 11am-6pm; Lexington Avenue bet 34th St - 42nd St
· Concerned Citizens for Community Action Festival 11am-6pm; Amsterdam Avenue bet 76th St - 86th St

Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day, Observed)
· Bowling Green Association Street Festival 11am-6pm; Broadway bet Battery Place - Fulton St; and Whitehall St bet Stone St - Water St

Saturday, October 18
· Washington Square United Methodist Church 11am-6pm; West 4th Street bet 6th Ave-University Place
· North Precinct Community Council Fair 11am-6pm; Eighth Avenue bet 47th St - 57th St

Sunday, October 19
· Global Role Models Street Festival 11am-6pm; Sixth Avenue bet 42nd St - 56th St
· Vanderbilt YMCA Street Fair 11am-6pm; Second Avenue bet 42nd St - 57th St
· NAACP/Symphony Space Street Fair 11am-6pm; Broadway bet 86th St - 96th St

Sunday, October 26
· Our Lady of the Scapular & St. Stephan Festival 11am-6pm; Third Avenue bet 23rd St - 34th St
· Bloomingdale Area Coalition and One Stop Senior Services Festival 11am-6pm; Broadway bet 96th St - 110th St
Where are the world's best funnel cakes? Ask Tommy "Pappy" Goolsby. He got into the funnel cake game down in Tennessee, launching a company called The Funnel Cake Company, Home of "The World's Best Funnel Cakes", a claim that probably hasn't been challenged much. Mr. Goolsby snagged the primo web address www.funnelcake.com and we note on it that Pappy has a distributor for his funnel cakes to be sold in Qatar and Bahrain.


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