Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city will scale back the number of street fairs held this year in an effort to save money. Last year the NYPD spent $4 million on overtime pay to staff 321 street fairs across the city. Some of that money was recouped from the organizers of the events, but the city still ended the year almost $2.5 million in the hole. Bloomberg said he recognizes how much fun street fairs can be, but the city just can't continue to host so many.
"Look, I love going down and having one of those hot sausages like anybody else," Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR-AM radio show. "But you do disrupt traffic, you do lose commerce in other parts of the city, and the police department has to provide on overtime ... and it just may be something we can't afford," he said.
However, he did not address where we're supposed to get our Mozzarepas and socks now.