Proposed Changes to Street Fair Rules Are Withdrawn

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the Winter 2016 issue of Murray Hill Life, we described the changes to street fair rules proposed by the Mayor’s Office. While it is true that street fairs can be improved, we also noted that these new rules could put our Street Festival out of business, and would therefore hurt The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. The MHNA testified against the rules in the October public hearing.

Subsequently, Mayor de Blasio withdrew the proposed changes to street festival regulations. In November 2016, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer issued the following statement:

"Governing requires patience and a willingness to get things right, even if it takes a little longer. That's what the mayor is displaying here.

"The mayor's proposal contained real positives, but it also contained real flaws and suffered from a one-size-fits-all approach. I'm confident that by working with residents, Community Boards, and neighborhood business associations, the mayor can craft a plan that achieves our shared goal of higher-quality street festivals that enhance communities without overburdening them."



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