Fest friends: Neighbors come together at Columbia Street fete

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Human canvas: Kallin Wood shows off her new arm paint.
Locally sourced: The festival showcased local vendors such as JestGreen, which is known for its farm-to-street fare.
From the farm: Local Roots Community Sourced Agriculture set up a booth with its freshly grown fruits and veggies.
Back to the roots: The Ziggernauts unleashed their brand of roots rock Americana upon the festival.
In tune: Singer-songwriter Wyndham Bayer performed for the masses at the annual Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival on Sept. 10.

Good street fairs make good neighbors!

Hundreds of Brooklynites converged on Columbia Street on Saturday afternoon for the Carroll Gardens Association’s annual Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival, an event the civic group designed to promote neighborliness amongst residents and entrepreneurs in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Red Hook, according to organizers.

“The idea is to bring together neighbors, local businesses, and community groups so they can meet each other and deepen collective relationships with the community,” said Ben Fuller-Googins, the Carroll Gardens Association’s program and planning director. “I think it was a big success.”

Nearly 1,000 people turned out to sample cuisine from local vendors including Egyptian and Lebanese food hawker Mazzat, Blossom Ice Cream, and Dolce Brooklyn Gelato, and one attendee said the sweet treats were especially memorable.

“There was some really good local ice cream,” said Manon Veiterio, who also helped organize the event. “Overall, it was really fun, there was good energy and it was a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors.”

But the day wasn’t just dessert — the Carroll Gardens Association’s chief goal is to create below-market-rate housing and promote economic development in the area, so it also invited community organizations such as childcare cooperatives and tenant advocacy groups to set up tables at the big bash so they could spread the word about their missions.

Local Americana band the Ziggernauts, singer-songwriter Wyndham Bayer, and a troupe from Red Hook’s Cora Dance school also performed at the fete.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Dan from Cobble says:
JestGreen was AMAZING
Sept. 13, 2016, 4:41 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
No one asked for my permission before closing this critical thoroughfare. Do you all know how many cars were inconvenienced by this!

Fairs do not need special lanes, we just need the WNBA.
Sept. 13, 2016, 5:18 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says: says:
Why are you bike zealots so zealoty?
stop deleting my stuff.
A little known fact; I like to make jailhouse wine. Only I ferment it a little differently. I shove a ton of grapes into my anus and let them sit there for a few months. I call it asswine. When it's all finished and ready to drink, I invite friends over and have an uncorking. I usually get whipped with red vines licorice by a man dressed as a horse.
Sept. 14, 2016, 11:50 am

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