Summer keeps strolling as Bay Ridge anticipates a fun-filled month of outdoor activities in August, namely the pair of Summer Strolls on Third Avenue and the F.A.C.E. of Fifth (a Family, Arts and Culinary Event) shindig on Fifth Avenue.
Strolls are multi-block events using public street space. Streets are closed to traffic for the duration of the festivities, creating pedestrian plazas in the heart of the neighborhood. This year, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has partnered with 51 community-based organizations on weekends from April through November in all five boroughs.
The events in Bay Ridge are hosted by Merchants of Third Avenue and the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). Local restaurants participate with many diverse outdoor dining options. The streets will be filled with music, artwork and family-friendly activities from dancing to face painting.
For residents, the events provide a fun way to enjoy the city in summer, and more and more of them have been availing themselves of the opportunity, Merchants President Bob Howe recently told this paper.
In addition, for merchants along the strip, he said, the Summer Strolls are an opportunity to showcase all they have to offer, an enjoyable reminder for long-time customers and a teaser for new ones.
“From the merchants’ point of view, when you walk along the avenue, as opposed to driving, you see a lot of businesses that you may never have known were there,” Howe explained. “When you drive, you really aren’t paying attention because you’re looking to get to your destination. But walking along, you say, ‘There’s a place to get my haircut, buy dresses, there’s a coffee shop, a waffle place and all sorts of stores. It’s an opportunity for the people that live in the neighborhood to rediscover the avenue.”
This coming Friday, August 3, the Summer Stroll on 3rd will take place from 68th to 80th Streets. Then, next Friday, August 10 the stroll will be held from 80th to 90th Streets. Both events are from 6:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
Lastly, Friday, August 17, will mark the FACE of 5th stroll on Fifth Avenue from 73rd to 83rd Streets, from 5:00 p.m to 10 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.