BY INGE IVCHENKO | The sun was out and shining and stayed that way all day, in the manner we’ve come to expect on the late September Saturdays that play host to the London Terrace Tenants Association Street Fair. The early autumn air was crisp but stopped short of brisk, and as September 24’s 30th Annual Street Fair began at 10am, the temperature would rise just enough to warm the vendors and shoppers situated opposite the sunny side of West 24th Street, on the block between Ninth and 10th Aves.
In climate and atmosphere, the London Terrace Tenants Association Street Fair lived up to its most accurate and treasured accolade: “The best little Street Fair in Manhattan.”
People strolled up and down 24th Street in the heart of West Chelsea, shopping, reconnecting, and deepening the sense of community built on proximity, denied in 2020 because of the pandemic and rebooted in 2021 with a cautious optimism that continued to grow this year, with each accumulating month.
Vendors lined the sides of the street, and revelers treated themselves to decorative items destined to pull double duty as commemorative trinkets adorning their homes and offices. Elected officials were out shaking hands with members of the community, and all was joyous and peaceful for the day of celebration. New Yorkers, and visitors from out of town, displayed the kind of camaraderie that served as a shining example of what the city should always be. Bravo London Terrace Tenants Association (LTTA), for doing it once again!
Among the elected officials that took the time to visit and talk to the community in person were: NYS Senator Brad Hoylman with his family, NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher, NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, and NYC Council Member (and former Manhattan Borough President) Gale Brewer. Representatives from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s Office handed out information. We also had many local community groups, including the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, preservationist group Save Chelsea, and our beloved Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, who will receive much of our proceeds to help them continue to tirelessly feed the homeless!
Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, same time, same place, as the tradition continues.
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30th Annual London Terrace Tenants Association Street Fair
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