Williamsburg Walks 2012

Pedestrian street fair returns to Bedford Avenue

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Pedestrians will frolic freely on 10 blocks of Bedford Avenue on Saturday when Williamsburg’s biggest retail corridor becomes a pedestrian mall.

Williamsburg Walks — an annual multi-weekend, multi-block street party — is back, and this year the celebration will expand its length and duration, stretching two additional blocks to Metropolitan Avenue and growing from a two-day festival to a three-Saturday bash.

“We really focused our energy in creating passive spaces,” said Williamsburg Walks organizer Ryan Kuonen. “We’re hoping that the magic of Williamsburg will create the performances, theater, and music on Bedford Avenue.”

The parties will run from 3 pm to 8 pm on June 9, 16, and 23 and amblers can look forward a roadway dotted with pedestrians playing schoolyard games, small concerts, and scrabble contests for the whole family.

Businesses on the temporarily car-free blocks can set up sidewalk vending tables in front of their stores and bars can even extend their sidewalk cafes to the curb.

There’s a new kissing booth on Bedford Avenue and N. Sixth Street, sponsored by the hip sex shop Shag, and a speaker’s corner at N. Eighth Street for storytelling, politicking, and stand-up comedy — perfect for the neighborhood’s aspiring Al Frankens.

Williamsburg Walks [Bedford Ave. between N. 12th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 384–2248,] June 9, 16, and June 23, 3–8 pm.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
good thing there is no such things as hipsters and they don't dress alike otherwise that guy on the left might be called a hipster. Skinny jeans, urban lumber jack shirt, man purse, fedora, Woody Allen glasses. Wonder where her barista's Nope, no hipsters in Williamsburg.
June 7, 2012, 6:28 am
D from Queens says:

If you want to visit Brooklyn circa 1990, I have a time machine to sell you.
June 7, 2012, 9:17 am
whatever from greenpoint says:
Just keep wearing your blue button-down shirt and khakis, or "real man's work clothes" on the construction site and constantly objectify every young girl that walks by or at a bar SwampYankee and feel better you're nothing like a hipster! You're a REAL MAN! Grrrrrrrrrr
June 7, 2012, 9:36 am
ty from pps says:
SwampYankee-- Why, again, haven't you just moved to Long Island or New Jersey with all of the people you grew up with? They're waiting for you.
June 7, 2012, 9:48 am
Shirley from BR says:
Great idea! Wish they'd do this every weekend all over Brooklyn.
June 7, 2012, 10:32 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Who needs a time machine? I can walk down Bedford and see a whole swarm of folks that look like they are dressed for a civil war re-enactment. So you are telling me that the guy with the beardo, fedora, birth control glasses, man purse and skinny jeans is unique and half of the hipster in North Brooklyn never dress like this? RIgggggggght. And you don't know what a hipster is
June 7, 2012, 11:10 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Why don't I move. I own, I don't rent. Why not enrich myself at your expense. Perhaps I have a City job that requires residence so you can pay my health care and pension. Lord knows I don't pay for it, you do. Maybe I should be thankful that you pay my salary, health care and pension. Hell, you even paid for my kids orthodontist. Sound like a sweet deal for me. Still, I'd rather be surrounded by people that are actual New Yorkers, but thanks for the free medical and with the pension vested YOU ARE PAYING ME TO LIVE HERE SUCKER, Now go but another overpriced cup of coffee. I need the baristas rent money to line my pockets
June 7, 2012, 11:14 am
ty from pps says:
Swampy -- Who is arguing that the hipsters are dressed particularly 'uniquely'???

It seems that YOU are the only one arguing against this strawman of your own creation.

You have your "real man" uniform and they have theirs. What is your point???

Again, when are you moving to New Jersey or Long Island to be with your brethren. Wait. Wasn't it everyone that MOVE OUT who ruined Brooklyn? Why are there so many apartments to move into if they are still filled up with so many real brooklyn men?? Oh, right, they moved to the suburbs to let you and you ilk whine.
June 7, 2012, 11:15 am
ty from pps says:
Also, Swampy.... what about the other 10 or 12 people in that same photograph. Are they destroying Brooklyn too? Or is it OK if they enjoy living in Williamsburg?
June 7, 2012, 12:14 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
I just wanted to know why you dress like every other hipster in Brooklyn. I thought you hipster thought of yourselves as quirky and unique and yet you are all the same. Same uniform, same crappy art, same unlistenable music, same stupid blogs, same dumb cupcakes ,same silly coffee fixation. Why do you dress like every other hipster ty? IS it to blend it so the children won't know that it was you that touched them?
June 7, 2012, 12:41 pm
ty from pps says:
HAHAHA! Now I'm a hipster? Why because I own a bike and support evil cycling infrastructure?

I couldn't fit my fat ass into a pair of skinny jeans if my life depended on it. And my head is too big for a fedora. I actually dress like a pretty lame guy from a Gap catalog when i'm not at work... and at work I wear Brooks Bros. shirts, a tie and iron-free khakis. Wow, I'm just oooozing unique!

I prefer slices of cake to cupcakes. They tend to be more moist, but I certainly understand the attraction to cupcakes. I do enjoy coffee -- lots of it. I listen to Led Zeppelin *and* Vampire Weekend... along with lots of other stuff. My bike is not a 'fixie' -- but it only has one gear. If I had time on Sundays, I would even think about playing kickball. (What do 'real' men from Brooklyn do on Sundays anyway? Drink and beat your wives? I don't get how disgusted you are by some people playing a game. Kickball is bad, but baseball is OK? Probably not... baseball should only be played by professionals, right?)

I'm a dues paying union member. (Not sure how that fits into your requirements for "real" Brooklyn and "real" manly men, but I thought I'd throw it in there.)

I don't consider myself quirky... but I find quirky hipsters far more pleasant than old cranks with nothing positive to say like you.

Is that OK? Do I pass the SwampYankee test?
June 7, 2012, 1:46 pm
whatever from greenpoint says:

I am so sick of this misconception of people thinking hipsters try to displays themselves as unique. Look they all shop at the same stores as well. It's not that they are trying to stand out (typical assumption from someone who hates when people look different then them), it's that they are doing whatever they want to do. Why are you so upset? A hipster is no different then your Yankee's jersey wearing friend at the sports bar where everyone buys the same beer and routes for the same stupid sports team because they are all told this is what fun is and what real men do. But you're the unique ones right?

I just think you're a closeted hipster who is a afraid to be yourself around others and hate others for doing this so you cling to the only thing you can cling to: how they dress.
June 7, 2012, 1:58 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Man, what an ass hole.
June 7, 2012, 2:16 pm
Wil D. from Bedburg, Stuyveswick says:
Why don't hipsters just come out and admit it, that they are obsessed with the way they look and are overly concerned about appearance? Perhaps they are compensating for having no original ideas of their own and suffering from a dependent personality disorder that makes them feel a strong need to copy the latest trend and be exactly identical to the people they choose to spend their time with trashing the locals in Brooklyn.
June 7, 2012, 2:52 pm
Person who is not from Pleasantville, NY says:
Anxiously awaiting Tal Barzilai's thoughts on this matter.
June 7, 2012, 6:50 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:
The hipsters are like the Hassids - you can spot them a mile away
June 9, 2012, 12:35 pm
Bill from 11211 says:
My car got towed for this? What a waste of time. Why not use the park? God I look forward to bloomberg leaving and taking his elitist jackass of a DOT head with him.
June 9, 2012, 4:07 pm
ty from pps says:
Bill -- Are you a total jackass? You think the Bloomberg administration invented street fairs? Really? F*&k you're dumb.

By the way, you cost the city money just because you couldn't bother to move your car from the spot WE pay for. Yes, your FREE storage is paid for by the taxpayers... friggin' douchebag.
June 9, 2012, 4:59 pm
Bill from 11211 says:
No Ty, I got towed because the morons that organize this useless event put up NO PARKING SATURDAY posters up sometime after 4 pm on friday. I was home already from a 14 hour shift at work. Have all your silly hipster —— that you want (that I pay for with MY taxes). But don't call yourselves community organizers if you can't be organized enough to get the posters up in advance. All in all 13 cars were towed off a few blocks of Bedford.
June 12, 2012, 1:03 pm

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