Summer Stroll 2013 Begins

Pedestrians, stores take over thoroughfare for first of four nights

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Thousands defied Friday’s heat and came out for the first of four “Summer Strolls” — a street fair that kicked the cars off Third Avenue and transformed a stretch of the thoroughfare between 80th and 90th streets into a European-style pedestrian plaza.

“I saw so many children, so many parents, so many single people coming out and participat­ing,” said stroll co-creator Bina Valenzano, owner of the Bookmark Shoppe between 84th and 85th streets.

Restaurants put chairs and tables out on the street to allow customers to enjoy alfresco dining, while stores held contests outside their doors. One group of kids created a lemonade stand to raise funds for the Bay Ridge Food Pantry, while other young’uns participated in an avenue-spanning scavenger hunt.

“It was neighbors and parents and kids coming out into the street and spending time outside, which we don’t do much any more,” she said. “This is a way for us to come together, increase awareness of Third Avenue stores, on what would be the quietest nights in the summer.”

Summer Stroll got off on the wrong foot when first proposed in 2011. Merchants and residents raised fears that the fair would bring drunken chaos. But the idea won approval from Community Board 10 in Feb. 2012, as supporters pitched it as a cultural counterblast to the depiction of Bay Ridge as a dim-witted, party haven in the short-lived “Jersey Shore” knock off “Brooklyn 11223”.

But Valenzano said that businesses saw a 15 to 50 percent boost during the stroll last summer — making it easier to convince shopowners to do it again this year.

“In the past, it was like we were selling a vision,” said Valenzano. “It was easier to organize this year, because I think people already understood what the goal was.”

On July 26, the stroll repeats at 80th and 90th streets. On August 9 and 16, the party moves to the stretch between 69th and 80th.

Summer Stroll [Third Avenue between 80th and 90th streets, in Bay Ridge] July 26, 6 pm. [Third Avenue between 69th and 80th streets, in Bay Ridge] Aug. 9 and 16, 6 pm. Free.

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Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

common sense from bay ridge says:
Next year, they should have it from 69th-90th streets every time.
July 24, 2013, 9:24 am
s from brooklyn says:
More proof that if you don't listen to the NIMBYs and just do things the world won't end.
July 24, 2013, 11:16 am
dot from dashdash says:
Eating your dinner in the middle of the street.

It's nirvanah!
July 24, 2013, 1 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It's so interesting that they choose to take an actual street to have this event when there are already existing parks and plazas nearby. BTW, are the streets still closed off when it won't be weather permitting for these fairs on some of the days they are on? In reality, street fairs aren't that unique and most of the food and other things that they have their are redundant. Another thing not taken into account is shifting traffic onto other roads, which will cause alternating volume. Who would want to have a street fair surrounded by vehicle emissions? Let's not even forget how it has to be cleaned up either.
July 24, 2013, 5:31 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- This isn't a street fair, you stupid piece of crap. This is the "Summer Strolls" program that happens a few evenings during the summer.

All of your stupid statements -- every one of them -- shows you are deeply deeply ignorant. Everything, Tal, EVERYTHING you are whining about has been "taken into account."

Do you know who wants this program? The Residents and Business Owners of BROOKLYN... Guess who DOESN'T have a say? That's right, a stupid imbecile that lives in his mom's basement in Pleasantville, NY.
July 24, 2013, 6:09 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- This isn't a street fair, you stupid piece of crap. This is the "Summer Strolls" program that happens a few evenings during the summer.

All of your stupid statements -- every one of them -- shows you are deeply deeply ignorant. Everything, Tal, EVERYTHING you are whining about has been "taken into account."

Do you know who wants this program? The Residents and Business Owners of BROOKLYN... Guess who DOESN'T have a say? That's right, a stupid imbecile that lives in his mom's basement in Pleasantville, NY.
July 24, 2013, 6:09 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, have you ever tried keeping your ego to yourself, because you seem to have one even bigger than Anthony Weiner?
July 24, 2013, 6:34 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Have you tried not being ridiculously stupid? You have to admit everything in your comment was ignorant, right? And by ignorant, I mean, not understanding even the BASICS about what the "Summer Strolls" is about... things you could learn if you actually read the article.

You are the ONLY one that sees these events as negative... doesn't that tell you something?!

Oh, and *my* ego? You're the one from f*cking Pleasantville that thinks he now what's best for Brooklyn, you stupid piece of crap.
July 24, 2013, 7:30 pm
manposeur from abrokeland says:
Tal with rather run people & cyclist over with his Rascal Mobility Scotter out of sheer contempt for both
July 25, 2013, 2:05 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about try looking at the causes of what stated the opposition rather than the effects of them? Personally, I find this Summer Stroll a smaller version of the Summer Streets, and just like them, I find this to be overrated, and shouldn't be using actual streets. There nearby parks, and I don't see why they can't be there instead. The same thing with the Summer Streets, because setting up what's in them in a big park would be a lot easier and can be up longer rather than what is on the streets. On a side note, you guys really need to chill and cut the name calling, not to mention act your age rather than like little children.
July 25, 2013, 5:50 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- THERE IS NO OPPOSITION other than from a mentally challenged idiot in Pleasantville!!

Wait, Tal, did they move all of the 3rd Avenue businesses into the f*cking park?! You are such a stupid person, it's really amazing.

On a side not, you have to stop being stupid.
July 25, 2013, 6:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, didn't your mother once say that if you have nothing nice to that it's better to say nothing at all? The way you talk, you feel like a whacko attacko as Michael would describe. Also, what's your beef on this anyway? You had your say, so let me have mine. It's not like anyone is telling you what to like here, so cut it out already. Not everyone is going to see this as a good idea, and not everyone has to like everything you like. If you want to only hear what you like, then leave the US for Zimbabwe and become the next dictator like your hero Mugabe, who you probably have posters of and wish you could be like him in silencing anyone who disagrees with you. I can never believe how the moderation staff turns a blind eye towards your comments, because so many of them are very offensive and make me want to report you for such and attitude. Overall, I have nothing against those who wish to disagree with me, but I am against those that make personal attacks like the ones you are doing. Please ban ty already for what he does if you really care about it.
July 25, 2013, 7:38 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Stop Hamassing me.
July 25, 2013, 7:40 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, let me ask you something. Why is it that you and your anti-car extremists go berserk when the community boards vote against what you want, but praise them when they are in favor? I didn't act bent out of shape despite the fact that it didn't go my way. On a related note, there will not be a farmer's market over at that triangle over in Harlem as the Manhattan CB 10 voted against it, and part of that reason had to be due to traffic. Seriously, I don't get the need for closing of streets for public space when many hardly use the public space they already have, which are the parks and plazas. Personally, I am not a big fan of pop up cafes either, and many SoHo residents were against that as well in claiming that they would be taking up space on the sidewalks. Let's not forget that some of the days of the Summer Stroll can be we when the weather is bad and it rains. Will 3rd Avenue still be closed or will it just be opened that day while nothing gets set up? It's almost the same as thinking about the Summer Streets on days with bad weather.
July 26, 2013, 3:49 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal, I'm reporting you to the editor for being stupid.
July 26, 2013, 5:58 pm
Jerry from Bay Ridge says:
Tal, please get a life.

This Third Ave Stroll was a great thing for residents and businesses ... and those of us who work, own businesses and live in Bay Ridge, Kings County, NYC, do not need help from some dude who lives with his parents in Pleasantville.

We also wonder why you spend so much time writing long obsessive essays on this site. Something's 'way wrong with that picture.
July 27, 2013, 12:22 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, there is nothing here that says locals only when it comes to commenting here, so stop with the provincialism here. More importantly, if you don't like what I am saying, then simply don't respond to them, because it's not as if they are being forced to read them to being with, but acting like an adult isn't something you can do hence resorting to personal attacks. Overall, you had your say on this, so let me have mine. Just because I don't like it doesn't mean that I am stopping you or anyone else from enjoying them. When Pleasantville Day comes again, I will let you talk about it all you want without even demanding censorship as you are doing to me. On a side note, Jerry, you need a life for commenting at 1:22 AM, and you really need to take some decaff as well for that.
July 27, 2013, 5:30 pm
ty from pps says:
"Overall, you had your say on this, so let me have mine."

Tal, why don't you think people shouldn't be able to call you out for being stupid and ignorant? Not every opinion is made equal.

I hope you are planning a protest against this "Pleasantville Day." It sounds like something that will cause an awful lot of inconvenience for drivers...
July 27, 2013, 6:18 pm
Jerry from Bay Ridge says:
Tal, it's very weird that a guy from Pleasantville feels a need to comment so VERY often, at SUCH great (and, again, obsessive) stream-of-consciousness length, on a rather small Brooklyn local-news site.

As for 1:22 am: Maybe your fileclerk job ends at 5, but we NYC residents have all kinds of work and life schedules. How very provincial of you not to know that.
July 27, 2013, 6:56 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am still trying to know what's your beef with those that don't share your side. For example, there are movies that I don't like, but I don't try to stop anyone else from seeing them just because I don't like them. The same thing goes for TV shows or even sporting events. What I can't seem to understand is why are some of you so defensive on this. Were any of you part of the committee when this was being asked? If not, then I don't see a reason for you guys to be so defensive. Still, I have nothing against those that wish to disagree with me, just those who have actually attacked me on it that I am against. As for Pleasantville Day, it's held in the parking lot of the train station usually in the middle of May, though I can't go to it, because it's usually when I am working, which happens to be on a Saturday, plus it's pretty much over by the time I am done for the day. For the record, I work at a recycling center, not as a file clerk, and I hardly have any days off unless a federal holiday falls on a day I work such as Thanksgiving, but that's pretty much it over there.
July 27, 2013, 8:19 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Wouldn't it be fun if your "side" was based on non-ignorant thoughts? I think that would be fun.
July 27, 2013, 9:34 pm
Jerry from Bay Ridge says:
Tal: Based on your posts, I'm surprised that you're not employed packing lightbulbs or painting eye-dots on Mickey Mouse dolls.

It irritates me that you everlastingly hijack local Brooklyn threads due to your Aspergoid car obsession.

This summer-stroll thing takes place for only FOUR HOURS a day on just FOUR FRIDAYS in July-Aug ... yet you worried about cars? Are you nuts?

The point of these strolls has been to let locals explore THIRD AVENUE stores-services-eateries-etc. onsite in a leisurely, fun, entertaining, trafficless way ... because traffic impedes exploration: When people are hemmed by traffic and parking, they run hurried unfun errands or get in ruts instead of trying something new.

But you thought these strolls should be held in a PARK? Ten blocks of eateries and shops should move their stock onto bridge tables four avenues away from the very avenue they want to spotlight?

Are you nuts?

Please, Tal: Get a better job, seek counseling, move out of mom-dad's to someplace with convenient public transit, get a hobby ... but stop inflicting your Pleasantville neuroses on us grownup flexible Brooklynites. OK?
July 28, 2013, 1:31 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jerry, you don't a special event especially when these businesses are there all the time. All this Summer Stroll does is just moves them out on the streets. Cleaning this up probably does cost a lot. Let's not forget that there is the possibility of the weather being bad. Does this mean that it will still be closed off or just not happen that day? BTW, isn't it motor vehicles that are being used to set up part of this event? Still, this doesn't give you the right to be so bent out of shape on it. Unless you were actually part of the community board when deciding this, I don't see the reason for you hostilities to this. It's like when you want to see a movie that I don't like, but I am not stopping you from seeing it, but you still tend to act very defensive on it anyway hence your ego problems, so you should make an appointment with Dr Freud. On a side note, perhaps it's your commenting so late at night that makes you act in a such a way, and this is why you should have just went to sleep instead.
July 28, 2013, 4:47 pm
The Chooch from your hipsterized world says:
This is a good step for Bay Ridge. The Chooch has been there a few times to pull on a hookah with my friend Saleem. We're talking about a belly dancing thing over there, but with an exotic twist. The girls will all be hipster chicks, very hippied out. Kind of a cross between Bay Ridge Lebanese and Bushwick white slave performance art. Whaddya think Goombah.
July 29, 2013, 1 pm
Bohemian Goombah from Morgantown says:
... long as the girls ain't Chinese giving massages. You'll get busted for that. Gotta keep these things real artsy. Call it performance art, they can't touch yiz.
July 29, 2013, 1:06 pm
Dee from Bay Ridge says:
I live in Bay Ridge for almost 20 years and I have lived in Brooklyn my entire life. This doesn't entice me to walk the streets. When I drive, it is a hassle if I need to go to any stores before I leave the neighborhood. I do think its a great idea for the store owners but never say it isn't an inconvenience. It is always an inconvenience when there is a fair or anything like this. AND we have many of these things in Bay Ridge. There isn't a need to be aggravated by anyone's opinion.
Aug. 9, 2013, 12:08 pm
CucKoo Mike from Bay Ridge says:
My family and I enjoyed the summer stroll so much, but I also understand your feelings about inconvenience. But I seem to forget the inconvenience when I go out and have a good time. Dee and all the rest of Bay Ridge, look for my grand-opening some time in October, Cuckoo Mikes at Bay Ridge Avenue and 3rd. Come in and experience the world's first fast-food that is freshly cooked on premises and healthier. We will deliver. See you soon!!
Aug. 12, 2013, 10:12 am

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