Residents of Manhattan and other corners of New York coalesced in the Upper West Side this weekend to celebrate the coming of fall during the 21st annual Upper Broadway Harvest Festival. The crowds were not nearly as large as those running the streets of Little Italy during the Feast of San Gennaro, but that didn’t stop vendors from setting up shop on Broadway from W. 96th Street to 110th.
Some working the stands, like Mike Hall, said it was fun to see happy faces and cook the food he prepares in his own home. It was also a good way to get out of his house.
“It beats staying home and getting yelled at by the wife,” said Hall, “and she likes it when I come home with money.”
Other vendors, like jewelry maker Mara Sinderbrand, were optimistic. She said times have been tough for her, but she’s adapted her raw material purchases to ensure prices for finished pieces stay low.
“When you go to the bead stores there are walls and walls of expensive beads,” said Sinderbrand, “but at a street fair you just can’t sell things for $100.”
For Scarlett Dopson, it was all about the produce.
“I just came from church and I’m getting some pickles,” she said with a quart of brined vegetables in hand.
Most attending were simply happy to have a little bit of autumn early.