Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue’s Weekend Makeover
By Chelsea Moore
et ready to eat your heart out at the 39th annual Atlantic Antic street fair. Sunday, September 29th from noon until 6 p.m. New York City’s largest street fair will be taking over ten blocks of Atlantic Ave. from Hicks St. down to Fourth Ave. in Brooklyn. The event will feature over 600 vendors, with everything from local restaurants and stores to crafts, fashion, food, and more.
The annual Atlantic Antic street festival is presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC). Founded in 1974, the AALDC is a non-profit organization that strives to “further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area,” according to the organization’s website. Linking the neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, the AALDC provides information, advocacy and other services to promote the preservation of some prime New York history.
As is traditional of street fairs everywhere, the Atlantic Antic will host a wide variety of food, from the swanky and savory to the sinfully delicious funnel cake. With 39 years of tradition backing this event, a number of repeat booths will appear. Brooklyn-based Waterfront Alehouse, Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound and more will be in attendance serving up delicious eats. Sixpoint Brewery will be at the Antic serving their annual Antic Amber, brewed special for this event. And the Antic will welcome newcomer Free Range Wine to the festival this year. Free Range will be serving up a variety of over 200 fine wines.
After you fill up on Antic food and drink be sure to stop by one of the festival’s 12 stages to see some great performances. With an array of musical options, you’ll be able to pick your favorite genre from country to reggae to dance the afternoon away. A Kid’s Block is also planned, and will be located between Boerum St. and Smith St. with face painting and pony rides for younger attendees.
Who: The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation
What: The Atlantic Antic, New York’s largest street festival
When: Sunday September 29th 2013 from Noon until 6 p.m.
Where: Atlantic Ave. between Hicks St. and Fourth Ave. in Brooklyn, NY
Why: According to the event’s website, “the Atlantic Antic will bring together thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun! The Atlantic Antic is a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn.”