OK people, this is finally happening. The evening summer pedestrian plaza extravaganza known as the Summer Stroll On Third Avenue kicks off this Friday, July 20. I honestly have no idea what to expect, but I’m optimistic that it will be lots of fun. Not even cautiously optimistic – I’m letting the optimism be unbridled with a dash of wearing it on my sleeve, and whatever other forced metaphor I can come up with.
In case you forgot, the Summer Stroll will close Third Avenue to traffic from 82nd Street to 89th Street from 6pm to 10pm (drivers and festival-goers alike, please note that cross-streets through that stretch will be open). During that time, we are promised a pedestrian plaza filled with musicians, performers, artists, and “ambient lighting,” whatever that’s supposed to be a fancy buzzword for, but I’m sure it’s worth checking out.
In addition to this Friday, July 20, the Summer Stroll will also be active on July 27, August 10, and August 17.
According to the Summer Stroll web site, here is the awesome stuff we have to look forward to, on a block-by-block basis:
82nd – 83rd
Stop by our unofficial Sports Block! Play a game at Status Q, take a swing at golf compliments of the Brooklyn Golf Center, shoot some hoops with the Brooklyn Nets and pick up some fun give-aways with the Cyclones! Watch the Brooklyn Dance Studio shimmy and shake! Take a breather by Latoue Nail Spa for a massage or grab some food at the Pearl Room. Going In Style is giving free consolation. If Roofus is walking with you, stop by Paws Truly so your pooch can get a refreshing drink of water!
83rd – 84th
Debra Rose Beauty Essentials will be talking beauty secrets! There will be a pottery station, and Chock Full O’Nuts will be on hand with smoothies and sandwiches. Wander over to the local psychic and stop by Photography Elite for a quick photoshoot! Dimensions On Stage will showcase the gifts and talents of our neighborhood’s children and teens with upbeat Broadway-style song and dance routines! Tired of Strolling? Stop by NGI Japenses, Red Oak or Café Zio Toto for a bite to eat.
84th – 85th
Sophie’s best chefs will be cooking up a show for all! Caffe Café has a long list of coffees and specialty drinks to enjoy, grab a cone at Cold Stone. Stop by The BookMark Shoppe with Special Request Entertainment for a scene right out of Alice in Wonderland. Lush Salon will give out tattoos and balloons for children while mommies can receive coupons for salon services. Ben Bay Realty will be onhand, as well as Verrazano Vision and Kampessis & Shamoun will team up with Senator Marty Golden! Areo will have great specials that evening! The Narrows Community Theater will be on hand performering!
85th – 86th
Visit with Monaco’s Bakery for a yummie treat and listen to their mandolin player strumming softly. Northfield Bank will be giving out give-aways, DEP has set up a water station. BRACA has set up camp with an entire evening of performers. Jovi the Brooklyn Social has teamed up with Lola’s Boutique for a super fashionable evening! Check out Beebo’s specials for the evening. The Bay Ridge Historical Society will also be here.
86th – 87th
Ho’brah will have a good ‘ole fashion pig roast along with special pork tacos! The Kettle Black will host a Blue Grass Band, and the Daniel Cardona Opera Co. will be performing as well! Stop by Premier Realty for gourmet choclates! Leo’s Casa Calamari and Elia’s a treat from walking. Tuscany Grill is grilling tuscan summer sandwhiches and pizzas as well as their full menu. Panache Hair Salon is offering free consulations and stop by the Wellness Center.
87th – 88th
Councilman Gentile’s Office will be on hand with an informational community table and a special unforgettable performance by Rob the Magician! Kingsborough Community College is visiting with programs for children and senior citizens.
The Home Reporter will be hosting or stop by King Henry Uncle Louie G for Fabulous Face Painting! Jabour Realty is raffling off a gift certificate to a local restaurant each evening as well as serving light refreshments. Visit the Fire Dept Firehouse for fire safety. Create a Canvas Cityscape Painting with The Art Room
Nouvelle is hosting Sidewalk Dining and $5 Martinis. Kaleidoscope Toy Store is ready bring an inner child out of everyone with oversized chess board, classic and nostalig toys as well as many other surprises to come. Visit with House & Key will be serving wine & cheese
89th – 90th
Come on down to Cebu for some authentic New Orleans’ style jazz sound with outdoor seating and full menu. Sweet Irenes will dazzle with her special designed cakes! Hom Antiques and The Green Spa are recreating old Hollywood Glam with Victory Car Service and be a star as DJ Continental shoots you picture! Gallery 364 will be exhibiting Bay Ridge’s most talented artists all evening. Feeling hungry, stop by Chadwick’s, great american cusine in Brooklyn.