Covert Avenue Street Fair returns after 2 years, NHP Street Fair set for Sept. 17

Covert Avenue Street Fair returns after 2 years, NHP Street Fair set for Sept. 17
A Floral Park fire substantially damaged multiple businesses on Sep. 27, 2020. (Photo by Robert Pelaez)

The Covert Avenue Street Fair is returning on Oct. 15, ending a two-year hiatus following a fire in September 2020 that damaged over 10 buildings.

The 25th Annual New Hyde Park Street Fair will also be taking place Saturday, Sept. 17 with a rain date on Sept 24. 

The quarter-mile event on Covert will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tulip to Cisney Avenue rain or shine and feature Gourmet Food Trucks providing different cuisines, merchants, vendors, live music and kids rides, among others. 

New Hyde Park’s fair will be held on Jericho Turnpike from New Hyde Park Road to Lakeville Road from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both street fairs are free admission.

Members of the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, New Hyde Park businesses and non-profit organizations that would like to participate can access the application online

In 2020, Floral Park police responded to reports of a building fire at the Park Place Bar and Grill at 41 Covert Ave. 

Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed fire and smoke from the building that extended to at least 11 other adjacent storefronts, according to a news release from the county Police Department.

Firefighters from the Floral Park Fire Department along with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company, the New Hyde Park Fire Department and almost 20 others were represented at the scene throughout the day.

Nassau County Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro said at the time it took firefighters more than four hours to control the fire.

Six businesses sustained major damage or were destroyed, while four others were damaged by smoke, Uttaro said. A private residence also had smoke damage, officials said.

Neighboring stores to Park Place affected by the fire included Villager’s Perk, Shin’s Tae Kwon Do, Luna Eyelash, Capo Ristorante, Covert Nail & Spa, Covert Barber Shop, Original V.I. Pizza, Covert Optical and K. Hunter Boutique.

Fundraisers sponsored by Floral Park community leaders and the village’s Chamber of Commerce raised more than $37,000 for the damaged businesses.

Contributing reporting by Robert Pelaez. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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