On four select Friday nights this summer, 3rd Avenue between 82nd Street and 89th Street will be awash in entertainment for all ages, as the Summer Stroll struts its stuff, writes Helen Klein for the Home Reporter.
On July 20, July 27, August 10, and August 17, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., bustling 3rd Avenue will “transform” into a pedestrian mall complete with block-by-block street themes.
From Home Reporter:
Different blocks will have different themes. The block between 87th and 88th Streets, for instance, will be a kid-themed block with giant board games, among other things. The block between 84th and 85th Streets will give attendees an opportunity to venture through the looking-glass, with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
There will be a “mix of everything,” said one of the organizers, who promised “stuff for people of all ages.”
“Think Piazza San Marco… in Brooklyn,” enthused City Council member Vincent Gentile, who worked together with State Senator Marty Golden to shepherd the idea from concept to reality.
Local stores and restaurants will have outdoor stands and seating available, as well as musical acts such as jazz duo James Quinlan and Michael Gullo, who are set to captivate the crowds courtesy of the Yellow Hook Grille [7003 3rd Ave].
Klein points out that, while this event is a first for Bay Ridge, its very similar to existing street fairs such as “Summer Streets” and “Weekend Walks” in Manhattan and the brownstone belt.
“I think once it’s done, people will see it’s a good idea, not only for small businesses but for the residential community as well,” Marty Golden announced to MTA members attending a monthly meeting at the Green Spa [8804 3rd Ave] on June 25.