About the Pedstrian Walkway Which is a Cute Tel Aviv MarketVisitors to Tel Aviv should not miss one of the colorful and pleasant events the city has to offer. This is the pedestrian walkway of Nahalat Binyamin, which takes place every Tuesday and Friday and on holiday evening, in the northern part of the street, from Magen David to Gruzenberg, including the streets of Rambam and Hashomer.
This is the happy and colorful Tel Aviv Artists Fair, where you can walk around and buy something for someone you love. All the works sold at the fair are handmade and are sold by the artists themselves. There is a large variety of decorative works, mobiles, sculptures, funny signs, photographs, paintings and other artifacts.
The Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian walkway is the oldest and largest of its kind in Israel. The purpose of the Tel Aviv municipality, when it opened it, was to preserve the culture of manual labor and craftsmanship, in the modern and industrialized world of technology and in the era of mass production, industrial robots and conveyor system.
The Nahalat Binyamin fair artists are accepted by a municipal admissions committee, which examines meticulously and accepts only artists who sell the hand-made works they create with their own hands and demonstrate a true artistic ability.
Nahalat Binyamin Street is known as Tel Aviv's canvas street, because of the numerous fabric stores in it. You will find many fabrics for different purposes. Go into them - a once-in-a-lifetime experience with guaranteed samples!
A Little About ArchitectureRaise your head up and look at the amazing houses here. The pedestrian walkway is located right in the heart of the "White City" of Tel Aviv. There are eclectic buildings here, combining Arabic and Western, Mediterranean and European styles, here and there you can still see buildings with tiled decoration in the ornate style called Art Nouveau. Newer buildings, from the 1930's to the 1950's, were built in the Bauhaus style, the international style that Tel Aviv is considered to be its greatest preserver in the world.
Since 1985, the northern part of the street has become a pedestrian walkway that stretches from Gruzenberg to "Magen David Square" on Allenby Street. The old houses began to make a come back with wealthy people, who renovated them and were required to ensure their preservation. Cafes and restaurants replaced a large number of textiles shops and found their place - alongside clothing stores and a studio of young fashion designers.
The History of Tel Aviv's Long StreetHistorically, Nahalat Binyamin Street itself was once Tel Aviv's longest street. Today the street starts from the Florentine neighborhood in south Tel Aviv and reaches Magen David Square in the north.
Nahalat Binyamin neighborhood itself is a neighborhood that was established parallel to the Ahuzat Bayit and not its continuation. Already on December 5, 1909, the first houses were built, and then it included one street, parallel to the main street of Ahuzat Bayit, Herzl Street.
In 1911, Nahalat Binyamin joined Ahuzat Bayit, which at this stage was already called "Tel Aviv". An agreement was signed whereby Tel Aviv provided water and services to Nahalat Binyamin and their streets will be connected, while Nahalat Binyamin will participate in the cost of maintaining municipal infrastructures. A year later, the plot was finally annexed to the city of Tel Aviv and became an integral part of the developing city.
Nahalat Binyamin was once the textile street of Tel Aviv, as it was known for its many fabric stores. Today, a small and representative part of it remains, mainly in the northern part of the street, where the fair is held.
In 1921, the Spector Hotel, the first hotel in Tel Aviv, was established. A year later, it established the first public garden in Tel Aviv, a garden that does not exist today, since it's now a parking lot for cars ...
The Funny Story About the Binyamin of the StreetThe name of the street and neighborhood is an amusing issue in itself. The neighborhood's founders decided to call the street and the "Nahalat Binyamin" neighborhood. Only they did not know where they were going to put. It was clear that the tribe of Binyamin deserved it, but they decided that the Binyamin, after whom it would be named, would agree to help finance the construction of the neighborhood.
They promised that if the JNF, the Jewish National Fund, would help, the street named for Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl, and if the assistance came from the Rothschild family, the Baron Benjamin Edmond de Rothschild would be remembered on the street.
But in the end neither of these bodies helped and the founders of the neighborhood decided that the street would be named after the tribe of Binyamin.