Street Renaissance Antics on Atlantic Avenue

Yesterday was the Atlantic Antic, the annual, day-long festival along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, in its 32nd year now. What a beautiful day. You’d be hard-pressed to find a place where as diverse a range of people and activities are brought together in such a natural and comfortable way:

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This is what Atlantic  Avenue looked like on Sunday.


This is what Atlantic Avenue looks like on a "normal" day…

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A police officer holds back a handful of cars for throngs of people to cross the street.

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Traffic doesn’t belly dance!

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Businesses and institutions along the avenue showcased themselves and connected to passersby.

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There were experiments with alternative forms of transportation.

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And on Monday it’s back to work.

  • I really like the streetfairs that have more community character and flavor rather than the massage, Italian sausage, crepe and $3 for 6 pairs of socks type. It would be nice if more streetfairs let local businesses spill out onto the streets and showcase themselves more.

    The regular scenes of Atlantic Ave seem downright banal.

  • Andrew

    I’m surprised there arent more fatalities on Atlantic Avenue, it’s one of the Avenues that motorists ride on as if it were an expressway.
    It is need, like Houston, of some traffic calming

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