New York Senator Martin Golden, Merchants of 3rd Avenue Look To Stimulate Brooklyn Economy With 'Summer Stroll'

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The Merchants of 3rd Avenue and the community of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn get set for the 4 nights of 'Summer Stroll' - a new version of the New York City Department of Transportation project Summer Streets.

The inaugural Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY will take place on Third Avenue between 82-89 street.

We're transforming 3rd Avenue into a pedestrian plaza filled with musicians, performers and artists

Summer Streets - the New York Department of Transportation project that closes streets for everyone to play, run, walk, and bike - may be in it's 5th year but the newly created Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn is launching their first of four nights of activity and entertainment this Friday, July 20.

The project is being presented by the Merchants of 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge along with New York State Senator Martin Golden and New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile and is a version of Summer Streets with a slight modification. It takes place at night and will attempt to create a marketplace plaza or palazzo atmosphere featuring food, entertainment and performers. Activities include exhibitions from the Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Cyclones, an all-female barbershop quartet, classes on making your own egg cream and samples of the tastes of all the eateries on Third Avenue's famed restaurant row and much more.

New York Councilman Vincent Gentile said last week on New York Real Estate Attorney Robert Howe's radio show Howe's New York that he will be providing face painting for kids as well as "...a magician.." performing right out in the street.

New York State Senator Martin Golden, also a guest on Howe's New York, added that Summer Stroll would "Bring that space...good old home town" feel back to the community. He also stated that this "...will be a totally different type of event..." that is "...unique to (our community."

In addition to Senator Golden, Summer Stroll is also being sponsored by local Bay Ridge businesses Flushing Bank, Kaleidoscope Toy Store, Northfield Bank, TLC Reverse Programs, Jabour Realty, Harbour Abstract Agency, Jovi Brooklyn Social and McLaughlin Funeral Home.

"We're transforming 3rd Avenue into a pedestrian plaza filled with musicians, performers and artists," said Merchants of 3rd Avenue officer and The Bookmark Shoppe owner Bina Valenzano. "(People can) stroll along the avenue and enjoy opera, jazz or ballet or sit, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal, as our restaurants expand their seating outdoors."

The Summer Stroll project will take place on the following four Friday nights: July 20 & 27 and August 10 & 17 from 6:00 to 10:30 PM. It will take place on 3rd avenue in Brooklyn between 82-89 street

Founded in 1933, the Merchants of Third Avenue Civic Improvement Association is a non-profit organization that covers the commercial corridor of Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn from 65th to 101st Street. The 36 block strip is home to over 300 businesses employing over one thousand people.

Summer Streets is a project of the New York City Department of Transportation. DOT is joined by several other City agencies and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to present Summer Streets

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