Ridgites take in third Summer Stroll of the season

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Family fun: Richard and Taseea Cruz brought their three kids — George, Anna, and Christina — plus a family friend, Gabriel, second from right, out for some fun at the event.
Al fresco: Ridgites dined outdoors along Third Avenue.
Party time: Little Ridgites enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
Community fun: Police officers from the local 68th Precinct helped keep Ridgites safe.
Friday night out: Patricia Meyers and Richard Ladd enjoyed the fun at the Summer Stroll.

This Stroll was a walk in the park.

Ridgites roamed up and down Third Avenue from 68th to 80th streets on the hot evening of Aug. 3 to take in the third Summer Stroll of the season. There was plenty of family fun on offer to keep tiny Ridgites entertained and distracted from the heat. At one booth, firefighters doled out coloring books and helmets to local kids, which one mother said her brood particularly enjoyed.

“They enjoyed picking up all the free goodies,” said Taseea Cruz of her three kids, 8-year-old Anna, 6-year-old George, and 3-year-old Christina.

Cruz added that after her kids collected their free gear from the firefighters, the family enjoyed ambling up the avenue and checking out local businesses.

“We just like to walk in the neighborhood and go to the different shops,” she said. “It’s one of our favorite things of the summer.”

Live bands kept walkers dancing to the sounds of the summer, and eateries offered al fresco dining deals.

One attendee who said he trekked to the Ridge just to attend the Stroll said he loved meeting Ridgites and checking out their home turf.

“I had a great time,” said Toby Kosel, who declined to say where he lives. “It’s good to get a feel for the neighborhood, to meet and talk to people and see new faces.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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