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Fashion Week: At home on the Upper West Side


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Sure, it’s a hassle to have 232,000 people descend on your ’hood to see 250 different fashion shows in one week, but most Lincoln Center-area residents seem to have made peace with the annual commotion that starts today and runs until Sept. 15.

“It brings life to the area — it’s exciting,” said Linn Bjorkli, 33. Bjorkli, a full-time mom, enjoys watching the platoons of paparazzi, the parade of lithesome models, and the feeling that her neighborhood is center ring in the human circus.

Fashion Week exemplifies everything that’s great about New York, Bjorkli enthused: “You just go outside your door and something is happening.”

For the third season, the venerable Lincoln Center will become more catwalk than cultural hub, but the name of the game for any artistic institution these days “is grow or die,” rationalized graphic designer Mimi Cifizzari, 35.

“Anything that gets people interested in Lincoln Center is a good thing,” she said.

While some residents who live near Lincoln Center resent the loss of their cherished shortcuts via the airy plaza and the blocking off of West 62nd Street during Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, business people adore it: The extravaganza brings $466 million in visitor spending to the city. Twenty-one area restaurants are offering “fashion plate prix fixe” dining specials to entice crew members and fashionistas.

West Sider John Lipman, 64, however, is a bit miffed that the home of high-culture truffles will be invaded by oodles of people who “don’t know how to walk on the sidewalk.”


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