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Folsom East Fetish Fest to Return to Chelsea

By Mathew Katz | March 5, 2014 12:52pm
 Kink fans pose at the 2010 Folsom Street East fetish festival.
Kink fans pose at the 2010 Folsom Street East fetish festival.
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CHELSEA — The Folsom Street East fetish festival plans to return to its longtime home on West 28th Street this summer after being canceled last year.

The annual street fair, which began in 1997, was canceled in 2013 because of ongoing construction on the block of West 28th Street between 10th and 11th avenues. At the time, organizers said it was likely the fest would have to relocate away from gentrifying West Chelsea.

But "New York F---ing City's Sexiest Street Festival" plans a return on June 22, 2014, according to an application for a street activity permit filed with the city.

"Psst. Did you hear? Sunday June 22nd, 2014. FSE. Save the date and pass it on," organizers wrote on the Folsom East website.

The permit will come before Community Board 4's Quality of Life Committee on March 10. The board has approved the application in years past.

As luxury condos and rental apartments began to encroach on West Chelsea, festival organizers started to run into problems. The 2013 cancellation occurred because of ongoing work on the 710-unit Avalon West Chelsea building, organizers said.

In 2012, residents of a nearby residential building complained that they were "embarrassed" by the sexy festival, so organizers built a sidewalk corridor that let residents get to their homes without walking through Folsom East itself.

A representative for the festival did not respond to a request for comment.