FOOD TO GO
Have you thought about outdoor shopping and eating? Manhattan already has a dizzying number of shops and restaurants but on scheduled weekends from spring to fall, certain streets in New York City are closed to vehicular traffic and turned into street fairs. Sponsored by neighborhood block associations, a New York street fair looks like a huge flea market/garage sale rolled into one. It stretches for several blocks with stalls on both sides of what has become a pedestrian street. Today's street fair we visited was the annual Sixth Avenue Festival that ran from West 23rd to West 33rd Street.
People came out this sunny Saturday with their wallets and enjoyed the carnival atmosphere. Bargain hunters walked the walk to splurge on cheap t-shirts and shawls, pillows and underwear, trinkets and kitchen gadgets, hats and funky jewelry, posters and CDs, and various kitschy stuff. All that leg work of course led to hunger which led many noses to the many food stands brimming with flavors from different countries. From burritos to kebabs to Pad Thai, there's plenty for hungry stomachs to choose from. With more street festivals like this scheduled in other areas of the city in the weeks to come, there's always a good reason to go out - spend some, eat some, why not?