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The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Paves the Way for ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ Atlantic Avenue Merchant Promotion from October 1 to 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 4th, 2018 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org ‘The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Paves the Way for ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ Atlantic Avenue Merchant Promotion from October 1 to 14 Brooklyn, New York October 4, 2018– For the 44th year in a row, the largest and oldest street festival, the Atlantic Antic™ returned to Brooklyn on September 23rd, 2018 from 12-6pm. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to partake in the beloved festival that spans the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn. Over 100 local merchants and over 500 vendors participated this year, making the 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival a success. There was something for everyone as there were a variety of products such as international cuisines, handmade jewelry, and more. For the second year, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) partnered with Chef One Foods in hosting their 15th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest. Festival attendees swarmed the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage to watch amateur and professional eaters enjoy dumplings in 2 minutes. This year’s male winner David Brunelli A.K.A. “Tiger Wings and Things” ate 74 dumplings while female winner Molly Schuyler ate 69 dumplings. The two live entertainment stages were filled with performances from local musicians and acts. There were live performances from Batala New York Drum Performance, The Amber-Aba Orchestra featuring Belly Dancers, and more. The action on Atlantic Avenue does not stop after the Atlantic Antic™. AALDC invites everyone to Atlantic Avenue from October 1st to 14th to come back for shopping, dining, and more exploring. There will be special giveaways and offerings provided by a number of Atlantic Avenue local merchants as part of ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn Post- Antic Promotion.’ To find out  more details on the offers, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/the-pulse-of-brooklyn-theme/  AALDC has partnered with Arts Gowanus, a nonprofit arts organization, to include Atlantic Avenue Merchant storefront locations in the 2018 Gowanus Open Studios which will be held from October 20-21, 2018. The merchants participating include: Collier West Annex- 375 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Hard Soul NY- 418 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Gumbo- 495 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 They will feature artists in their storefront so visitors can view and purchase artwork. To learn more about Arts Gowanus, please visit https://www.artsgowanus.org/gos-2018 The Seventh Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award was presented to New York Senator Velmanette Montgomery on the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage in recognition to her commitment to providing the youth with the proper knowledge on primary and mental health within their school. Many elected officials and candidates running for office graced the stage to greet the crowd such as Public Advocate Letitia James, New York Senator Brian Kavanaugh, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and Council Member Brad Lander. The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival was sponsored by NYU Langone Health, Chef One, Sixpoint Brewery, Con Edison, CityMD, Crunch Fitness, EmblemHealth, Advantage Care Physicians, New York Red Bulls, Pixel Academy, NY Kids Club, NYC Ferry by Hornblower, Brooklyn SolarWorks, and many more. This year’s Media Sponsors include Topi, NY Daily News, DeSales Media Group, Metro NY, ALT 92.3 FM, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1, and NEW 102.7 FM. For full list of sponsors, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/sponsors/ ### Note to Editors: For further information and/or high-resolution images of the 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call...

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Brooklyn’s Largest and Oldest Street Festival Returns with New Innovations for the Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 7th, 2018 Contact: Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, NY September 7, 2018– The Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) makes its grand return on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine. Celebrating its 44th year, the largest street festival in Brooklyn goes along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront, stretching over 10 blocks and spanning through four diverse neighborhoods; Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. With over 500 vendors and 100 local Atlantic Avenue merchants participating, attendees will be able to shop, dine and explore Atlantic Avenue. NYU Langone Health will return as this year’s Kids Zone Sponsor where attendees will be greeted with bigger and better family fun entertainment.  A new Official Atlantic Antic™ Rest Area sponsored by NYU Langone Health will be located within the Kids Zone, where attendees can sit back and relax while they enjoy the sights of pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and much more. Celebrating its theme ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’, the 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival will bring new innovations with the Boerum Place North Special Programming Zone. Sponsor activations such New York Red Bulls’ Fan Zone experience and Pixel Academy’s Drone Obstacle Course, will be available for the public on Boerum Place between Atlantic Avenue and State Street. For the second consecutive year, Chef One will be returning with their 15th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest. With their theme of “Let’s Get Poppin”, Chef One will bring a spectacle for the public as 48 professionals and amateur eaters devour dumplings at lightning speed for money prizes. The 15th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest will take place on the Atlantic Antic™ Festival Main Stage at 2pm. Sixpoint Brewery will return as the Official Beer Sponsor of the event, with participating Atlantic Avenue Bars & Restaurants serving out the ‘Atlantic Antic Ale’ to the public. Music and special programming areas from local Atlantic Avenue Merchants will bring diverse entertainment throughout the event. This year’s stages’ lineup includes performances of all genres such as children’s dance performances, R&B Soul performances and an all-female drumming group. City MD-Urgent Care is the Official Community Stage Sponsor for this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Festival. For a full list of performances and schedules of the Atlantic Antic™ stages and programming locations, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ The 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival sponsors include NYU Langone Health, Chef One, Sixpoint Brewery, Con Edison, City MD,  Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, New York Red Bulls, Pixel Academy, NY Kids Club, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn Solarworks, Dodge YMCA and many more. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, DeSales Media Group, Metro NY, Topi, Alt 92.3 FM, 1010 WINS, CBS-FM 101.1, WNEW 102.7 and TGI Office Automation. For a full list of sponsors, please visit www.atlanticave.org. ### Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call...

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New York State Senator will be Recognized as the Seventh Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 4th, 2018 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Coordinator Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn, New York- September 4, 2018– New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery will be recognized as the Seventh Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award recipient at the 44th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival. This award, presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), will take place at this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 4:15pm. Senator Montgomery, known for her effective leadership and dedicated commitment to the North and Central Brooklyn Community as well as New Yorkers Statewide, is passionate about showcasing school-based health care as a model system for delivering comprehensive primary and mental health services to children of all ages. As a respected advocate of providing the youth with the proper education about primary and mental health within their school, Senator Montgomery’s Teen Health Agenda includes legislation that requires the teaching of age appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education in kindergarten through 12th grade. Senator Montgomery is committed to helping the youth achieve positive outcomes through reform of the State’s juvenile justice, foster care and adoptive care. With being a member of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, she has offered legislation to require the Department of Correctional Services to provide prisoners with an opportunity to complete a GED prior to release. Senator Montgomery has also spearheaded the campaign to stop the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users through her sponsorship of legislation to legalize needle exchange programs. She continues to support the community as being a co-sponsor of a proposal that provided over $400 million in federal funding for the repair of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings. The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader of businessperson who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assembly Member Joan L. Millman in 2014, AALDC Co-Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015, Council Member Stephen T. Levin in 2018 and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon in 2017. The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community. For more information on the AALDC, please visit www.atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993.   ### Photo Credit: Deborah Moore, Deputy Chief of...

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Atlantic Avenue Concludes its Holiday Season with Special Savings and Events for All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 14th, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, New York-December 14, 2017– As the wintry season continues, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) celebrated with their annual holiday events along Atlantic Avenue between 4th Avenue to the breathtaking waterfront. From shopping to dining and everything in between, Atlantic Avenue was filled with special events & offers from local businesses while Santa strolled along during the ‘Walk the Windows’ event. Along with New York City experiencing its first snowfall of the season on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, patrons were able to spend a day traveling through Atlantic Avenue enjoying free holiday-themed events from merchants and spectacular outdoor performances by the Atlantic Avenue Official Holiday Tree. Free events included #germfree giveaway bags and snacks from CityMD at 457 Atlantic Avenue, Holiday Sing-along from Gumbo at 493 Atlantic Avenue and DIY all natural lip balm workshop from Earth Speaks at 139 Atlantic Avenue. Santa kept the holiday spirit merry and bright throughout the day as Falun Dafa and FogoAzul brought drumming performances to the avenue. Walk the Windows visitors were also able to view festive decorated windows from Atlantic Avenue merchants. This year’s Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition took place on November 29th with five local judges traveling along the avenue to choose this year’s winners.This year’s judges were Albert Chau, owner of Grumpy Bert Art Gallery, Roma Karas, Artist & Illustrator, Aaron Meshon, Artist & Illustrator, Donald Odell, Director of Brand Product Management at Calvin Klein and Debra Ziss, Artist & Illustrator. This year’s awards went to First Place, Arco New York located at 385 Atlantic Avenue, Second Place, Hunting with Jake located at 380 Atlantic Avenue and Third Place, Woolyn, located at 105 Atlantic Avenue. Honorable Mentions were given to Collier West located at 377A Atlantic Avenue an Collyer’s Mansion located at 179 Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Avenue’s 2017 Window winners were announced during the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party on December 1st. Families, community leaders and more gathered at St. Cyril Belarusian Church from 6-8pm for a night filled with performances from local public schools, sponsor giveaways & prizes and a visit from the jolly old man in red, Santa Claus. Refreshments and small bites, all donated from local Atlantic Avenue business, were served to the guests as they enjoying a family dance party from DJ Frank Posa.. AALDC celebrates its Annual Holiday Toy Drive with supporting Providence Houses, local families living in homeless shelters. The AALDC also partnered with Councilman Stephen Levin for his Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toy Donations will be given to children living in the Gowanus, Wyckoff and Warren House. Additional donations can be dropped off at Councilman Levin’s office located at 410 Atlantic Avenue until December 16th. A big thank you to our holiday sponsors & media partners: Verizon Fios, Out of the Closet, Con Edison, St. Francis College, Investors Bank, DeSales Media Group, Epoch Media Group, NTD.TV, NY Daily News, Fresh 102.7, WCBS FM 101.1, 92.3 AMP Radio, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Downtown Star, YELP, BRIC and Metro NY. For a full updated list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors The AALDC invites all to enjoy special deals and promotions provided by local Atlantic Avenue businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Explore the avenue and purchase any last minute gifts during this holiday season with 10 percent off and/or any other special deals until Saturday, December 16th. For more information about the AALDC’s holiday events, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidays.   ###...

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Atlantic Avenue Brings Joy to the Holiday Season with Events & Offers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: November 28th, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, NY– ‘Tis the season to explore Atlantic Avenue! The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host their annual holiday events this upcoming holiday season! On Friday, December 1st between 6-8pm, families from the community are invited to enjoy the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. This free event will take place at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at 401 Atlantic Avenue. The Tree Lighting Party will begin with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony officiated by New York City Council Member Stephen T. Levin promptly at 6pm. Attendees will be able to kick off the holiday season and enjoy live performances from local public schools including International Charter School of New York, P.S 38, P.S 261 and the Brooklyn High School of the Arts. With the arrival of Special Guest, Santa Claus, visitors will be able to enjoy the festive mood throughout the night. Music will be provided by DJ Frank Posa. This event is open to the public. Following the live musical performances, attendees will be able to enjoy refreshments and complimentary small bites donated by some of our local Atlantic Avenue Merchants: Sultan Restaurant & Cafe Lounge, Luzzo’s BK, Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Mitoushi Sushi, Sahadi’s, Trader Joe’s,The Soul Spot Restaurant, Betty Bakery, Hollow Nickel and Moon Cafe. During the party, the AALDC will announce the 2017 Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition winners. On Wednesday, November 29th five judges will travel along the avenue and view the wonderfully wintry designs from participating Atlantic Avenue merchants’ windows. This year’s judges will be Albert Chau, owner of Grumpy Bert Art Gallery, Roma Karas, Artist & Illustrator, Aaron Meshon, Artist & Illustrator, Donald Odell, Director of Brand Product Management at Calvin Klein and Debra Ziss, Artist & Illustrator. For photos & short bios of judges, please visit the Atlantic Avenue Holiday Blog at http://atlanticave.org/category/atlantic-avenue-blog/ Adding to the fun and excitement, the AALDC invites all to explore the avenue as they enjoy special deals & promotions from local businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Beginning December 2nd-16th, Atlantic Avenue merchants will offer 10% off selected items and/or other specials within their business for any last minute gift ideas. As the festive windows decorate the avenue, patrons will be able to enjoy AALDC’s ‘Walk the Windows’ event on Saturday, December 9th. Visitors can enjoy 10 blocks filled with holiday spirit as participating Atlantic Avenue businesses host several free holiday themed events & offers such as workshops and holiday treats from 11am-7pm. Participating businesses will have red balloons within their storefront. For a full updated list of events & offers within the Walk the Windows event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows The AALDC continues to support the Providence House and the 84th Precinct Toy Drive this year for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This annual tradition will benefit women and children living in local shelters throughout the holiday season. Toys will also be donated to the Gowanus & Warren Street Houses in collaboration with Council Member Stephen Levin. Participating Atlantic Avenue merchants will have toy boxes throughout the season until December 7th where visitors will be able to bring unwrapped toys for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Attendees for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Party are asked to contribute by donating an unwrapped gift. For a list of all participating merchants who will have a Holiday Toy Drive Box within their business, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidaytoydrive . A big thank you to our holiday sponsors & media partners: Out of the Closet,...

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‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ Highlighted at Brooklyn’s Largest and Oldest Street Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 2nd, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communication & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, New York– The largest and oldest street festival, the Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival returned to Brooklyn on the hot afternoon of September 24th, 2017 from 12-6pm. This year’s festival celebrated its 43rd year highlighting the four beautiful neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn in which the festival spans through. With over 100 local merchants and over 500 vendors participating this year, the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival successfully was able to offer something for everyone. Visitors were able to enjoy a variety of products throughout the mile long festival such as international cuisines, handmade products and more. New attractions and additions added this year, including more activities within the Kids Zone, sponsored by NYU Langone Health and a dumpling eating contest, allowed visitors to enjoy the celebration of Brooklyn before the Fall season. For the first time ever, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) partnered up with Chef One Foods in hosting their 14th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest. Thousands of attendees crowded the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage to view amateur and professional eaters devour locally made dumplings in 2 minutes. This year’s male winner, David Brunelli, A.K.A  “Tiger Wings and Things”, demolished 84 dumplings while the female winner, Molly Schuyler, set a new record by eating an astounding 119 dumplings. For more information on this year’s contest’s results and winners please visit:http://chefonefoods.com/ Sticking with the theme, the 12 live entertainment stages were filled with performances for local musicians and acts. At this year’s welcoming ceremony, Mayor Bill De Blasio stopped by the Atlantic Antic™  Community Stage, sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine, interacting with the crowd while supporting the Brooklyn staple event. Live performances including drumming performances from Batala New York, Grace Drums, R&B Soul Band, The Unique Band and many more had the festival goers dancing up and down the street on the Sunday afternoon. The Sixth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award was presented to New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon on this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage in recognition of her dedicated and diligent work within the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding neighborhoods. Many elected officials came out to support the festival and interact with the crowd such as Public Advocate Letitia James and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh. With the theme still in action, the AALDC invites all festival goers to come back to Atlantic Avenue from October 1st-16th to shop, dine and explore all the avenue has to offer. Special giveaways and offers provided by some of the Atlantic Avenue local merchants will be available for all as part of ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn Post- Antic Promotion.’ For more details on offerings, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/the-pulse-of-brooklyn-theme/. The 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival was sponsored by NYU Langone Health, Chef One, Sixpoint Brewery, Con Edison, Weill Cornell Medicine, Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, St. Francis College, Geico, Avery Hall Investments, City MD, TF Cornerstone, NY Kids Club, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn SolarWorks, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and many more. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, Topi, Metro NY, BRIC, Brooklyn Magazine, 92.3 AMP Radio, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1, Fresh 102.7, TGI Office Automation, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, NTD.TV and Epoch Media Group. For full list of sponsors, please visit www.atlanticave.org  ...

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