Autumn in NY... there is nothing like it (except maybe a blizzard in NY)... It was a perfect day for a street fair, even though every 2 blocks seem to be déjà vu - I mean, just how many venders can sell Pashminas, knock off handbags, belts and gyros! Having lived in NYC for over 10 years (pre marriage) I always loved the fall and always loved street fairs, something so fun about being able to walk in the middle of the street. I have never really enjoyed "Hell's Kitchen" like I did today. Hell's Kitchen is midtown between 30th and 59th street from 8th Ave. to the Hudson River. Until today, it has not been an area we've gravitated to (except in and out of the Port Authority)... it was great to spend the afternoon in a new neck of the woods! It was great to walk down Restaurant Row and enjoy the outside cafe's - then visit the famous Cupcake Cafe... true works of art ... and delicious coffee! (remember, I'm married to a pastry chef)
Hell's Kitchen was once known for it's poverty, street gangs and rows of slum tenements. Today it's known for some great ethnic cuisine, restaurant row, and I sense it to be a strong and healthy neighborhood. Let's face it, when it's a beautiful fall day, every neighborhood is amazing in NYC!
Check out this link for a schedule of the street fairs in NYC. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com/sched.html