Posted in music on April 6, 2010

Williamsburg Walks '09 (bitchcakesny)
Williamsburg Walks

Last year's Williamsburg Walks closed Bedford Avenue to car traffic for six Saturdays in July and August. This year a much-reduced event will happen over only one weekend, on June 26th and 27th. Why? As seen on Gothamist and Free Williamsburg,

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth [who organize Williamsburg Walks] faced resistance last month from Bedford Avenue merchants, who complained that the street festival slowed customer traffic and cut down sales for several Saturday afternoons, typically the busiest retail day for many business owners.

"Thank God they've cut it," said Jill Goldhand, the owner of the N. Sixth Street furniture store A and G Merch, who urged festival organizers to reduce the schedule.

Williamsburg Walks may be shorter, but Neighbors Allied for Good Growth said it will be better. "We are confident that the event will be fantastic and we will establish a sustainable model for the years to come," said event organizer Gregor Nemitz-Ziadie. [Brooklyn Paper]

The event will still coincide with the L Magazine-produced Northside Festival happening June 24-27. A selection of Williamsburg videos are below...

Williamsburg Walks Music

Streetfilms: Williamsburg Walks


Williamsburg highlights



Comments (9)

williaMEHsburg walks

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 6:48 PM

worst MEH ever

you know its not funny if it sucks and isn't clever right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 6:50 PM

Why is money always the deciding factor? It obviously wasn't slowing down traffic because it was keeping people away who would otherwise be in the neighborhood. What's good for the businesses isn't the same as what's good for the community.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 7:19 PM

The same person made both of those comments.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 8:28 PM

That really puts things in perspective.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 8:34 PM

THats a pretty funny video by Jeffrey Lewis.
Also the Crass cover album sounds fairly good with the comic book art.

Posted by td | April 7, 2010 1:39 AM

Northside Festival? I haven't heard a thing about that this year. I thought they canceled it after last year's fiasco.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 2:20 AM

what fiasco?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 9:43 AM

boycott A&G Merch! just kidding I don't care

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 10:28 AM

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