Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020 kicks off Shop and Dine promotions

Release Date: Nov. 30, 2020

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Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020, kicks off ‘Shop and Dine’ promotions.

Local community organization, who annually produces Atlantic Antic™, works hard to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by showcasing the beauty, vibrancy, and wide variety of Atlantic Avenue shops and restaurants.

Brooklyn, New York-Nov. 30, 2020– Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host its annual Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ on Nov. 28 featuring Shop and Dine discounts and incentives from participating stores and restaurants from Nov 28 through Dec 13. Look for the red balloons along 1.5 miles of Atlantic Avenue and its side streets from Fourth Ave to waterfront running through charming Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.

There are more than 150 storefronts of shops and restaurants along the strip. Sue Wolfe, Vice President of the AALDC Board explains, that “the holiday season is the perfect time to show your support to our neighborhood businesses. Our businesses have been struggling to stay open. Like you, they love our neighborhood and want to remain here.” Wolfe added, “Shop early, shop local!”

On the heels of a successful two-week long Gowanus Art Walk along Atlantic Avenue co-produced by the AALDC, an invitation is extended to all to stroll the avenue and shop diverse and enchanting stores stocked with great holiday gifts, and taste the different foods at specialty shops and restaurants- many of which have outside seating on the avenue and side streets.

“Our restaurants also have faced difficult obstacles and are here to help you in every way to make your holiday celebrations special. Dine-in or order but most importantly, show your support,” stated Nat Rubin, President of the AALDC Board. More broadly, Howard Kolins, Interim Executive Director of the AALDC, reminded that “Your favorite businesses have websites where you can shop and pick-up curbside, or have items delivered to you.

Karen Zebulon, AALDC board member and owner of GUMBO store at 495 Atlantic Avenue, provides background on the artistic tote bag giveaways. “To drive home the importance of supporting local businesses, a limited number of Atlantic Avenue Shop & Dine cloth tote bags with design by local artist Adam Suerte will be given away at various street corners on Saturday, November 28.”

Santa Sightings and Carolers. On November 28, between noon and 4 pm. Listen for Santa’s sleigh bells to lead you to Santa and holiday carolers along the avenue.

Window Winners. The annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition Awards, in various categories, are given to stores and restaurants for the most creative original designs.

Judges will view holiday windows of participating merchants along Atlantic Avenue and its immediate side streets. This year’s window judges are documentary filmmaker Allison Prete, filmmaker Jed Rothstein, composer, musician, Steven W. Standard (Strafe), and artists Adam Suerte and John Thorton (see bios below).

Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The AALDC will be donating 150 sets of Miss Jessie’s hair products to Providence House, a transitional housing program for women and children. The AALDC will also collect toys to donate to children age 7 or younger at Arbor Inn, a short-term housing program. In coordination with NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin’s office, the AALDC will collect gifts for children up to 17 years old living at the nearby Gowanus Houses. Please bring an unwrapped toy or book, with child gender and age indicated, to the AALDC office. To donate toys, please contact the AALDC office at 718-875-8993 for drop-off dates , times, and locations.

Sponsors of this year’s holiday events include Con Edison, ENT & Allergy, HomeLight, New York State Nurses Association, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Out of the Closet, and St. Francis College.

The mission of the AALDC is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area.

Sponsored by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) More info at https://atlanticave.org/ or 718-875-8993 or by email at atlanticave@atlanticave.org.

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Free. Self-guided and socially distanced.

Directions: Subways to Atlantic Avenue/Barclays or Borough Hall or Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street or F to Bergen Street. Or NYC Ferry to Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6/ Atlantic Avenue. LIRR to Atlantic Avenue/Atlantic Terminal. Buses include 41, 61, 63. More at travel directions at https://atlanticave.org/shopanddine/

Press: This year’s tree lighting in front of the church is open to the press.

Press Inquiries: Contact Michelle Karshan for more information, videos, photos, and photos of window judges. Photos and video available at @atlanticaveldc

Judges:

Allison Prete is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for television and theatrical release. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide, as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New York City Transit Museum and the George O’Keefe Museum, and are in the permanent collections of the Donnell Library and the New York Historical Society.  She was awarded the Municipal Arts Society’s highest honor, the Brendan Gill Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  She has served on the board and as Vice-President of the NY Film and Video Council, as a juror for the Brooklyn Arts Council’s film festival and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Movies With a View film series. She was also the co-founder and artistic director of the popular film series, Big Movies for Little Kids.  Allison was recently awarded finishing funds for her documentary short about the Brooklyn YWCA, The Women of Slender Means, from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Jed Rothstein. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jed Rothstein specializes in hard-to-get stories from around the world that help people understand one another better. His last film, The China Hustle, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before opening globally. Forbes called it, “The Most Important Film of 2018.” Other recent work includes the award-winning Before the Spring After the Fall and the Oscar-nominated Killing in the Name, for which he filmed both Al Qaeda terrorists and their victims. Rothstein also recently directed and produced a number of television projects for Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, including Nat Geo’s Parched: Money Flows, CNN’s Death Row Stories, the Amazon Prime series The New Yorker Presents, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and ENEMIES, a docu-series on the FBI battling presidents, for Showtime. He’s currently at work on a new docu-series for Netflix.

Steven W. Standard, known as Strafe – composer, producer, musician, arranger, and recording artist – of the now considered “club classic” dance tune “Set It Off” at one time hailed as “the most sampled song of all time” by Billboard Magazine. The original song as recorded by Strafe and released by Jus Born Records in 1984, appears on dozens of dance compilations throughout the world. Raised in downtown Brooklyn, Strafe started playing guitar when he was a teen in his father’s band, Mr. Steve & The Young Ones. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, joined the Odessa dance band on guitar and vocals, and in 1984 he toured as a guitarist/backup vocalist with recording artist Shannon. In 1985 Strafe released three songs on A&M Records. In 1989 he formed the Hard Soul® brand and later the recording company and he performs as a DJ under the name S.t.d. Inspired while delving deeper into a “font based” computer program to create marketing elements for his music, curiosity and an inclination to be entertained while learning lured him into seeing more than just the letters, numbers and symbols available at his fingertips. Combined with shapes, colors, and the ability to distort them all, in ways unintended, a whole new vista was sparked in his imagination and thus his Strafe Designs, “limited edition Art tees” sojourn began and continues. Strafe’s store, Hard Soul, is on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

Adam Suerte. Born and raised in South Brooklyn, Adam studied at The Art Students League, The High School of Music and Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the co-owner/founder of Brooklyn Tattoo® which opened in 2002. He is also the founder of Urban Folk Art® Studios, an artist collective he started in 1991. While tattooing is his chosen trade, Adam likes to work in various mediums, including painting, illustration, printmaking, comic book making, product, and t-shirt design, the list goes on. Whether he is creating formal paintings of specific places in Brooklyn or depicting street scenes in his tattooing or comic book work,  all his mediums share his love of cityscapes and urban iconography.

Johnny Thornton is an artist that lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Though his work utilizes several mediums and varies stylistically, conceptually his practice revolves around corporeality, impermanence, and preciousness. Born in Connecticut, Thornton spent his childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving to Tucson, Arizona. After teaching himself to paint he went on to study Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. Thornton relocated to New York City where he received his Master of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2012. Thornton has had work exhibited widely, and he has had several recent solo shows in New York City. His work is part of several collections. Currently, Thornton works out of his studio and is the Gallery Director of Established Gallery in Brooklyn. Thornton is also the Executive Director for Arts Gowanus, a non-profit organization working to support, promote, and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in Brooklyn.