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New City Street Fair Expands

Fun-filled event takes over downtown with more music, vendors, kids’ rides and more “street”

 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 22 for the New City Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The New City Chamber of Commerce is presenting the rain or shine. Chamber President Steve Weissblatt said the entertainment and fun will stretch over a larger area along South Main Street than the September event.

“The live music will be at the start of the event – Congers Road,” he explained. “ We have a street closure all the way to Third Street.  We have permits for the sidewalks as well.”

He said that additional space was requested from the town because as of the first week of April there were already more than 100 arts and crafts vendors signed up, three bands, one DJ, kids’ bouncing activities, mobile video games, kids’ rides, games and numerous food stands. Last year, the street fair covered from Congers Road to First Street and some two dozen vendors had to be turned away for lack of space.

Weissblatt said the “House of Bounce” will be set up on the Rockland County Courthouse lawn. There will another area with kid’s rides near Third Street and in between the “Arcade2Go” truck will be parked. The home theater gaming truck has 22 video screens inside and four screens outside for gamers.  Nominal fees will be charged for the rides and arcade games.

The emphasis is on local.  The bands are being sponsored by New City businesses.  is bringing “The Prime Cut” to the event and is providing the “Jam Club,” made up of its music students and “Samsara,” a heavy rock band whose members are New City residents and high school seniors.  Weissblatt said there could be more additions including pony rides and a classic car display and sponsors and vendors can still apply. 

 “This is a great way to draw thousands of people to New City,” he said.  “It’s a way to showcase Main Street of New City.”

Weissblatt said the chamber and town have been working closely on the planning of the event, which will be situated along the newly revitalized South Main Street. Although a New City festival was held for a number of years, the street fair is really something new.

“This is the second time it is on the street,” he said, explaining the previous festival took place on the courthouse lawn and in its parking lot.

Event sponsors include: Rockland Chrysler Jeep; ; Rocket Wraps; ; ; Perronoccui’s Italian Deli;; ; ; ; ; Nelson Metals; Pinebrook Industries; ; Gatehill Day Camp; l; ; ; ; Costco; Rockland County Shields, , Photos By Phil (Costa) and . The sponsors’ names will be listed on t-shirts that the chamber will be giving out for free along with Frisbees.

Weissblatt approached every small local business in New City about taking a vendor spot at the event.  Money raised by the street fair will go towards three scholarships of $2,000 each for high school seniors attending Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South and Albertus Magnus high schools. Applications must be submitted by May 7.

Last year’s fair went so well, that the chamber decided to expand it in size and number.

“It was such a successful venture last September that it will bring that many more people to town,” he said. “Two is always better than one.”

The second New City Street Fair falls on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Rockland County Legislator Ed Day April 09, 2012 at 11:10 AM
My compliments to Steve Weissblatt and the New City Chamber of Commerce for doing their part and then some in bringing a sense of vibrancy to the hamlet of New City!
Steve April 09, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Thank you Robin for a well written article as usual, and to Patch for the exposure you give to The New City Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Legislator Day for your kind words as well. I would also like to thank Supervisor Gromack, his staff and The CPD for their support and help with this event. I would be remiss to not thank our two dozen Sponsors who's contribution to funding this event has helped make it possible. I am excited about these Street Fairs and the notoriety that they bring to Main Street of New City and it's businesses. If anyone is interested in being Vendor or Sponsor for this Street Fair and or our September 2 fair, go to www.newcitychamber.com and download an application for either. Looking forward to a great day for New City and The Chamber of Commerce. Steve Weissblatt President, New City Chamber of Commerce
J H April 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
These Street Fairs have SO much potential...but are more like "street sales" then anything. You cannot go to one of these and expect to come out without spending a lot of money. The Chamber should pick up the cost of the bouncies and other rides - the entertainment portion of these things should be "free" to the people, so the option to buy food, products, etc. can remain but it's not just a "come out and spend your money" day. Sadly each year this event has taken place this has been more and more the feeling I've left with...my hopes that those running this give these ideas some thought.
William Demarest (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I loved the (free) mini car show at the Street Fair last year .... there were great classic cars on display, owned by Rockland car enthusiasts.
Roberta Adao & Frank Lyons April 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The Street Fair is such a great venue for bringing people to New City and our businesses. Last year was fantastic and this year will be even better. The car show and music are free as is the chance to see your neighbors who you might not have seen all winter.

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