Boerum Hill

Scenes from Atlantic Antic 2019

September 30, 2019 Alex Williamson

Brooklyn’s oldest street fair took place Sunday, and thousands turned out to shop, snack and celebrate the occasion along Brooklyn’s “Main Street.” Atlantic Avenue was closed to traffic from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street for the Atlantic Antic street fair, which has been drawing huge crowds since its inception in 1975.

Eleven stages hosted musicians, DJs and dancers, with performances from groups like the Amber-ABA Orchestra (accompanied by a troupe of Yemini belly dancers), New York Arabic Orchestra, Dabka Team Dancers, Decoster, Becky Krill and Cumbe Center for African Diaspora Dance.

Chefs from Karl’s Balls prepare octopus balls for fair-goers. Eagle photo by Alex Williamson

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation puts on the fair, which this year honored YWCA President Martha Kamber with the Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award.

A girl takes a pony ride at the intersection of Atlantic and Boerum Place. Eagle photo by Alex Williamson

Food vendors set up shop along the avenue, selling turkey legs, gyros, octopus balls, sweet corn and other treats.

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A vendor sells grilled sweet corn-on-the-cob. Eagle photo by Alex Williamson

Vendors sold jewelry, handmade baskets, traditional rugs and bespoke items from a diverse range of local artists and craftsmen.

Brooklynites know that sharing is caring. Eagle photo by Alex Williamson

Kids enjoyed running through an obstacle course, jumping in bounce houses and having their faces painted. Some even went for a pony ride at the normally-busy intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place.

Dancers for Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Eagle photo by Alex Williamson

Traversing the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn, Atlantic Antic is not just Brooklyn’s oldest street fair, but also the city’s largest.


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