The West Manhattan Chamber ended operations this year, and that meant that two popular street fairs — ones where you could dance and even enjoy an adult beverage outside — have been cancelled. The Columbus Avenue Street Fair, which would normally have been held last week, didn’t happen. And the Amsterdam Avenue Spring Fair, another one that featured local restaurants, is also over.
The West Manhattan Chamber closed at the end of 2018, according to Andrew Albert, who was its executive director. He didn’t explain what caused the closure. Several bummed-out Upper West Siders have contacted us in recent days to bemoan the loss of he Columbus Avneue fair.
“It was one of the main draws to eat and drink at various temporary outdoor seating areas which restaurants erected on Columbus Avenue as the streets were closed to traffic,” wrote Julian Fisher. “For many years we all used to go to Prohibition to toast the end of summer whilst listening to those sweet, sweet 80s songs as performed by The Gilfords.”
It’s somewhat ironic, given that West Siders have also been complaining about the number of fairs in recent years.