- BROADWAY MALLS: The Centerpiece of Broadway
From 60th Street to 168th Street, lies a history filled median of greenery and flowers called The Broadway Malls. The Malls were established in 1904 and have been a New york City park since 1904.
Having lived on Broadway for the past 15 years, I've often admired the Malls and love how wide Broadway is with thousands of merchants and residents facing Broadway these 10.5 acres of parkland serve as our front yard.
Around this time of year Broadway is Light Up at Night. The Broadway Mall Association with support from businesses and residents will illuminate fir trees about every 10 blocks on Broadway. Last year they wrapped crab apple and magnolia trees and chain link fences with lights. Each Mall costs approximately $2000 to $4000. to light. If you would like to help light up a Mall this year click here.
- The Broadway Fall Festival
Today was The Broadway Fair. From 86th Street to 96th Street on the West Side of Broadway is the Broadway Street Fair. The Upper West Side is filled with Street fairs this time of year. Several Sundays different blocks of Broadway are closed to traffic for The Street Fair.
There is also a Columbus Avenue Street Fair and The Amsterdam Avenue Street Fair. Throughout the Fall the Upper West Side Avenues become Street Fairs. The merchants along the streets set up booths on the Street. There is an eclectic mix of antiques, jewelery, clothes, all kinds of food and music. Everything from 1/2 price Abercrombie & Fitch to handmade sweaters to Cd's and an unusual assortment of original art, furniture, t-shirts, plants, pillows, candy apples, electronic gadgets and many $1 items. There are booths from community organizations, local media companies, stock brokers, banks and real estate brokers.
Young and old alike, the diversified mix of residents enjoy strolling the fair shopping and eating on a beautiful Autumn day on Manhattan's Upper West Side.