This Year’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival declared biggest and best street festival in New York City

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Date: October 1, 2015
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This Year’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival declared biggest
and best street festival in New York City

Continues to be one of the most vibrant, fun, multi-cultural
and artistic street festivals in New York City

Brooklyn, New York – October 1, 2015 – The 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival, held September 27, 2015 from noon to 6pm, was an overwhelming success and testament that, “the Atlantic Antic continues to be one of the most vibrant, fun, multi-cultural and artistic street festivals in New York City,” explains Christian Haag, President of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) that produces the annual event.  “It is the annual go to event celebrating Brooklyn and its neighbors and even draws visitors from other states and countries. During our one-mile long festival, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, side by side, share laughs, learn, dance, sing, eat great foods, and shop,” Haag continued.

The Atlantic Antic™ stretches along Atlantic Avenue through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill with the harbor at one end and the Atlantic Terminal on the other. All musical genres were represented across 15 stages of live music and dance, including funk, a marching band, rock, world, jazz, folk, gospel, R&B, hip hop, middle eastern accompanied by belly dancers and a piece from Wicked the Musical. Local trendy restaurants and hundreds of merchant booths sold food for every taste and Brooklyn artisanal beer was in demand. Shoppers enjoyed the local upscale boutiques and shops, while merchant booths sold a wide-range of international and local products – many Brooklyn-based. Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter, Executive Director of the AALDC summed it up, “the 41st Annual Atlantic Antic Festival was a huge success and brought together a beautiful array of diverse people from all ages and ethnicities creating the cultural display of Brooklyn!”

This year’s theme The Youth Are Our Future was well represented with numerous performances by local youth organizations including showcasing program partners to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides opportunities for local youth to attend educational and cultural enrichment summer programs. Read about the success of this summer’s program made possible by its first program partners, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Ballet and WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts. See AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program for more info and how you can donate.

At the AALDC Welcoming Ceremony on its Main Stage, Haag continued, “Thank you once again Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation for producing this annual biggest and best street festival in New York City. And it is the best because all of us are here together – our local merchant shops and restaurants, vendors, performers, sponsors, community organizations, clergy, elected officials and all the wonderful people who come out to have fun together with their friends, families and neighbors! For us, Brooklyn has long been the hippest place to be, and we are proud to showcase its growth and beauty.”

Many elected officials attended the Welcoming Ceremony to show their support. New York State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, New York State Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, New York City Public Advocate the HONORABLE Letitia James, Kenya Handy for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Daniel Abramson, the Brooklyn Borough Director of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Lisa Bloodgood, the Constituent Liaison and Environmental Advisor for Councilmember Stephen Levin, Councilmember Brad Lander, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams all spoke and some presented proclamations in recognition of the 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival.

The fourth annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award was presented to AALDC Vice President Sue Wolfe in recognition of her extensive and innovative activities for community development, preservation, beautification and recreation, particularly in Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Gowanus and the Brooklyn Bridge Park community. For more on Sue Wolfe’s work on behalf of the community see Sue Wolfe Community Work.

Haag took a moment to give tribute to Muyassar Moustapha who died this past August. Last year the AALDC honored Moustapha’s store, the Oriental Pastry & Bakery, with a Pioneer Award for its longevity — more than sixty years on the avenue, and its contributions to the growth and vibrancy of Atlantic Avenue.

The 41st Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival was sponsored by: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, Green Mountain Energy, Fresh Direct, Sixpoint Brewery, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, Con Edison, Child Mind Institute, Zipcar, Crunch, Investors Bank, Avery Hall Investments, Wicked the Musical, CityMD, New York Life Insurance Company, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Borough President, SaveMor, Wellness TruFood Pet Food, St Francis College, Lyft and Grandma’s House. Media Sponsors: BRIC TV, NY Daily News, Topi, Tagboard, Brooklyn Magazine, 92.3 AMP Radio, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1, Metro NY and YELP. The Atlantic Antic™ Special Section Program Guide was produced by this year’s sponsor, the New York Daily News.

Note to Editors: For further press information or high resolution images of the 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival contact the AALDC at 718-875-8993 or atlanticave@atlanticave.org. Visit www.AtlanticAve.org for more information and for links to images and slideshows visit https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/atlanticantic-tagboard.

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