A typical street fair in NYC, photo courtesy of Mark Carter on Flickr
Mayor Bill de Blasio will impose a moratorium on permits issued for street fairs and festivals in 2018, restricting the number of new vendors allowed to set up shop. Last fall, the de Blasio administration pushed a plan that would reserve more permits for local businesses in hopes of diversifying the types of goods sold. Failing to convince elected officials and community board members of its goal, the proposal was later withdrawn. Despite this previous effort to overhaul street fairs, the mayor has decided to freeze the number of permits allowed for neighborhood street fairs next year, according to the New York Post.