Fifth annual Summer Stroll on Third right around the corner

Calling Brooklynites near and far!

The Merchants of Third Avenue will be hosting the Fifth Annual Summer Stroll on Third Avenue on four Friday nights throughout July and August.

Summer Stroll is a successful outgrowth of the citywide Weekend Walks program, run under the auspices of the city’s Department of Transportation, that promotes healthy recreation and local business, and creates high-quality public space by presenting multi-block local events throughout the five boroughs.

Recognized as the city’s largest and most successful of the Summer Stroll programs, Third Avenue’s Summer Stroll is a cultural hub that enables pedestrians to enjoy the ambiance of Bay Ridge to its fullest, without interruption by motor vehicles. Highlights include al fresco dining and music sponsored by the various restaurants and bars along the strip.

The nighttime events are designed to enable visitors to stroll in a leisurely fashion along one of Bay Ridge’s most popular commercial thoroughfares and bask in the variety the area has to offer.

“It’s very family-friendly and usually has beautiful weather,” said outgoing 68th Precinct Community Council President Ilene Sacco. “It brings everyone out to appreciate what we have on Third Avenue.”

Depending on the night, a designated section of Third Avenue will be closed off to traffic. Every member of the family can be entertained by the wide range of activities available. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., people are encouraged to enjoy the eateries, stores, live performances, activities, book signings, arts and crafts and outdoor pastimes that appeal to those of all ages.

There is a contagious sense of community at the event, which spotlights local businesses, and even local talent. The Summer Stroll is welcoming all artists, cultural organizations and merchants to participate in the festivities.

“The community views the Summer Stroll as a large block party,” said Robert Howe, president of the Merchants of Third Avenue. “People can enjoy the neighborhood without traffic, see people they might not have seen in a while, and notice local stores and business they might’ve overlooked driving by.”

On Friday, July 15 and Friday, August 5, Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street will host the pedestrian plaza whereas on Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 12, the strip from 80th Street to 90th Street will be closed off to motor vehicles.

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