Why couldn’t we have a nighttime farmer’s market, like this one in Phoenix?
Upper West Siders expend so much energy trying to prevent changes they consider detrimental, from out-of-character buildings to noisy restaurants.
Today, let’s try something new. Let’s consider some ideas that might improve the neighborhood. Positivity! Yay! Weigh in on these ideas, or your own ideas, in the comments.
These ideas would need grassroots support, but they’d also probably need some institutional backing. In italics at the bottom of each idea, we’ve included the names of organizations and people who could help make it happen.
- A Nighttime Farmer’s Market: Farmer’s markets on the UWS are great, but I’m always at work when they’re open! What about a farmer’s market at night? They tried it in Harlem a few years ago and it sounded very cool. There could also be music! Yes, music and local produce! Okay, too many exclamation points. GrowNYC, the owner of a vacant lot or plaza.
- A Bagel Museum: This was something I thought about after H&H Bagels closed. Wouldn’t it be great if some vacant storefront in the neighborhood could be turned into a bagel museum, where you could learn the history of the bagel. It’s a fascinating history, and it can be traced back to ancient Egypt. And there would be a gift shop where you could buy fresh bagels and bagel key chains and such. Peter Kim (Director of NY Museum of Food and Drink), Gale Brewer.
- Murals on Store Gates: On the Lower East Side, small businesses and local artists have teamed up for the 100 Gates project to beautify store gates. How awesome is that? Very awesome. Why can’t we do it here? Columbus Avenue BID, Lincoln Square BID, Columbus-Amsterdam BID, CityARTS.
- Central Park Soapbox Derby: Wouldn’t it be fun to have an annual soapbox derby with local kids racing around the Central Park loop in homemade machines? Yes, it would be fun. Don’t argue. Kids need more do-it-yourself events like this. Central Park Conservancy, local schools and afterschool programs, local carpenters and hardware stores could sponsor.
- First Fridays: On the first Friday of the month, restaurants and cafes would allow local artists to set up art shows of their work, and maybe serve some wine and cheese and such. It would bring in business and help bring the neighborhood together. It’s worked in other cities (and it doesn’t have to be on Friday). Local restaurants, some of the Business Improvement Districts.
If anyone can help make any of these ideas happen, we will be enthusiastic supporters!