City gives Bay Ridge go-ahead for Summer Stroll on 3rd
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved plans by the Merchants of Third Avenue business group to host another series of Summer Stroll events this July and August.
Community Board 10, which had recommended that DOT approve the plans, announced that the Summer Stroll on 3rd events will take place on two successive Fridays, July 17 and 24, on Third Avenue from 80th Street to 90th Street; and two Fridays in August, the 7 and 14, on Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street.
The event hours will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all nights.
Under Summer Stroll, pedestrian plazas are created on the avenue so that residents can walk at their leisure, window shop, enjoy live music and dine in outdoor cafes. Motor vehicles are banned in the Summer Stroll areas during the hours the event is taking place.
Summer Stroll on 3rd is run under the auspices of the DOT and is part of the agency’s Weekend Walks program, a citywide endeavor designed to open up the streets to pedestrians. There are Weekend Walks events all over the city during the summer.
The Merchants of Third Avenue organization, which represents hundreds of store owners on Third Avenue between 65th and 95th streets, sponsors the Summer Stroll on 3rd each year, partnering with state Sen. Marty Golden (D-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) and Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst).
The Merchants group cleared its first hurdle earlier this year when Community Board 10 voted to recommend that the DOT approve the Summer Stroll on 3rd application for 2015. The vote took place at the community board’s monthly meeting back on Feb. 23.
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