A more than 15-year-old tradition in Park Slope, the nabe’s Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair – a day of local eats, music, shopping and fun – along Fifth Avenue, turned out quite a loyal crowd, despite the not-so-steady weather.
“More homegrown than ever” this year, according to the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), the fair featured more than 200 local vendors that were visited by over 40,000 attendees throughout the course of the 18-block fair on Sunday, May 15.
“More than 50 percent of our vendors were either from Fifth Avenue or from the surrounding area,” said the BID’s Executive Director Mark Caserta. “And, despite the weather, we had one of the biggest crowds we’ve had in quite a long time.”
Between Sterling Place and 12th Street, locals and visitors alike could enjoy nibbles from some staple Slope eateries including Grand Central Oyster Bar, Bogota, V Spot, Bonnie’s Grill, Backyard, Calexico, Nunu’s and more.
Attendees were also able to visit shops with outdoor tables (such as Diana Kane, Habit, Two Lovers and Min-k NYC), purchase art from local galleries (including Ground Floor Gallery, Pinot’s Palette, Private Picassos and State of the Art Gallery), and enjoy live music by local band Bombay Rickey.
“Our decades-old ‘merchants first’ tradition gives us the edge,” added Caserta. “We work hard to give priority to Fifth Avenue’s shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, ensuring that the Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair keeps its local, non-generic feel.”