Six weeks of limited parking, blocked streets, and countless trucks — not to mention the photographers, the paparazzi, and the ever-idling town cars. Then there’s the noise, the traffic, the gridlock, and, well, welcome to New York’s Fashion Week. Manhattan’s Upper West Siders are in for a ride.
Aware that those who live around Lincoln Center — where New York’s Fashion Week will now take place — have never experienced the event, organizers have reached out the the community. But short of offering them front row tickets to a Diane von Furstenberg show, it’s difficult to imagine what they could possibly do to assuage the fears of neighborhood residents.
According to the Wall Street Journal, those living in the area will be offered various educational opportunities to counter the frustration of the mayhem their neighborhood will ensue. Jobs and internships will be offered to residents of the surrounding area, providing a way for them to be part of the action.
“When you bring in a large enterprise, such as Fashion Week, you want to be sure that people in the neighborhood know what’s going on—beyond just seeing the limousines,” New York City Council member Gale Brewer, said. “It’s a challenge for [the residents]. I think it’s going to be hard. I’m not going to underestimate it.”
We’ll find out fairly soon how the Upper West Side residents will handle the insanity of Fashion Week. Beginning Wednesday, 150 teenage New York City Housing Authority members will attend a discussion about fashion-related career options.
We’re not sure anything could prepare a non-fashion week attendee for the type of chaos that surrounds what once was the tents at Bryant Park. But hopefully learning about the industry will help make a seemingly exclusive event a little bit more inclusive.