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Packed: Crowds filled up Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street for the first of four Summer Strolls this season.
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Coolin’ out: Rebeccah Powell, Isabella Shultz, and her mother Vicky hang out in front of Giacomo’s Trattoria near 79th Street.
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Showing off: Dimensions in Dance put on a show for the crowd outside its Third Avenue studio.
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All ages fun: Eve Macasulo and her daughter Mae enjoyed some music from the Dead Ridge Boys outside the Greenhouse Cafe.
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From Shakedown Street to Third Avenue: Grateful Dead cover band the Dead Ridge Boys lit it up for the crowd outside the Greenhouse Cafe.
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Things to come: Singers with Jeff Samaha Theater and the Ridge Chorale gave the crowd a preview of their October production of “Hairspray.”
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I heart Third Avenue: Artist Arthur Rabanal shows off a unique work for sale at the Summer Stroll.

Bay Ridge’s four-part stroll got off on the right foot.

Locals packed Third Avenue between Bay Ridge Avenue and 80th Street on July 15 for the first of this season’s four Summer Strolls. The 11-block-long street festival has become a yearly ritual for many, including one family that came to its third Summer Stroll and caught some live music in between a brew and a slice.

“The [Dead Ridge Boys] and the band at Salud were both great,” said Ridgite Eve Macasulo, who came with her two young kids and husband. “It’s always good, we grabbed a beer at Longbow and some pizza on the way home.”

Young dancers with Dimensions in Dance put on a show in front of the group’s studio near 76th Street, while the Ridge Chorale and Jeff Samaha Theater sang four selections from their upcoming production of “Hairspray” a few blocks away. The latter group has performed at the last three Summer Strolls, and its managing director called it a great opportunity to spread the word about their productions.

“So many people we meet don’t realize there are active community theaters here in Bay Ridge, so it’s a nice opportunity to put that out there to them — that they don’t have to go all the way to Manhattan to see a quality production,” Karen Tadross said.

The group will return to perform on July 22 at 87th Street — and at alternating locations during the two August Summer Strolls.

The Summer Stroll continues on July 22 and Aug. 12 between 80th and 90th streets, and Aug. 5 between Bay Ridge Avenue and 80th Street. 6–10 pm.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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