NYC storm and winds ravage vendors at DanceAfrica Bazaar

Wind gusts marred the long-awaited return of DanceAfrica Bazaar to Fort Greene and devastated vendors who saw tents toppled and merchandise destroyed on Saturday afternoon, witnesses said.

The ferocious weather caused some vendors – who made it as far as North Carolina – to duck for cover as gusts rocked the event around 1:15 p.m

“It was a tornado that came through here today. The wind blew everything out of control,” a devastated Kathy Cissokho, 69, from Baltimore, who sells sterling silver goods, told The Post. “It took four people to hold my tent down but the wind lifted people up. Tents flew, tents were destroyed. My tent is $239. I only used it once and now it’s gone,” she said.

Laments Mahamadou Jawara, 59, who was from the Bronx: “This is the first time we’ve had it [the bazaar] since COVID and for this to happen,” he said, shaking his head as a man helped him retrieve the remains of his pearl jewelry. “It was a loud noise. It took seconds for everything to start blowing away. People screamed. Some people were afraid. Everything was chaotic.”

Individuals are spending nearly $700 to pitch their tents for three days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — for the space.

Clothes blown over in the street.
Some people paid close to $700 to have their tents set up for the event.
George Roberts
Tents have been torn apart along the road where a storm swept through Fort Greene.
Tents have been torn apart along the road where a storm swept through Fort Greene.
George Roberts
Tents lying on the street after storm
Tents were toppled and goods destroyed by the storm.
George Roberts

One saleswoman, Samantha, who expected to make about $2,000 before the wind hit, tried to see the bright side. “We have tomorrow, we have Monday, so let’s hope we can get some of that money back,” she said. “The strong wind didn’t last long…but it seemed like an eternity. There is debris in my eyes and everywhere.”

BAM officials did not immediately respond to messages.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/nyc-storm-winds-wreak-havoc-on-danceafrica-bazaar-vendors/ NYC storm and winds ravage vendors at DanceAfrica Bazaar

JACLYN DIAZ

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