It was another great time in Park Slope as the neighborhood celebrated at the annual and popular Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair.
Hosted by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), the daylong event took place on Sunday, May 21, featuring over 200 local businesses plus music, fitness classes, art, a vintage car show, and more. The fair took place along Fifth Avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street.
“I think we had probably the largest crowd that we have ever seen,” said Mark Caserta, executive director of the BID. “The fair has a reputation for being something sort of different and fun, and we’re focused on local stuff. Also, we’ve had a stream of bad weather so with spring and a nice day, I think people were just ready to get out and have some fun and we benefited from that.”
According to Caserta, the Police Department typically estimates that over 40,000 people show up for the event.
Although there are plenty of festivals, this one separates itself from the rest, according to the BID. “I think there are certainly a lot of memories that people have with the fair,” Caserta added. “We have people write on our Facebook page saying how they remember it as a kid and used to love going, so it has this long history and people want to keep experiencing it. Also, at least 40 percent of the vendors of this fair come from the local community. We’re talking small stores, artists, people who make things at their homes.”
The theme for this year was, “Bigger, better and more local than ever.” Participating local restaurants and bars included Henri on Fifth, Wild, Il Sogno Secondo, Gristmill, Coco Roco, Loki Lounge, Le French Tart and Curry.
Boutiques and shops with outdoor tables included Diana Kane, Habit, Two Lovers and Min-k NYC.
Ground Floor Gallery, Pinot’s Palette, Private Picassos and Jonathan Blum filled a block with the work of local artists.
The vintage car show was courtesy of the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn.