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Culture, Food, Community Spirit and Lots of Fun Showcased the Best of Brooklyn on Sunday, October 3, 2021

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Tel: 917-853-0433 or Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Note to Editors:  For hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or Tel. 718-875-8993   Report on the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Culture, Food, Community Spirit and Lots of Fun Showcased the Best of Brooklyn on Sunday, October 3, 2021 Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award Presented to Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Brooklyn, New York – October 18, 2021 – This year’s 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™, was held on Sunday, October 3 from noon to 6pm. Once again, magically blessed by perfect weather, Brooklynites and others came out for Brooklyn’s oldest, largest and most culturally diverse street festival held annually on Atlantic Avenue running through four charming neighborhoods — Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and downtown Brooklyn. Celebrating the successful and fun-filled return of the Atlantic Antic™, this year served as a celebration of community and a welcoming to the rich diversity and creativity of Brooklynites and beyond. Founded in 1974 by Howard Lewis and Harry Reid, the Atlantic Antic™ has been held every year since except twice when it had to be canceled in 2001, immediately following the attack on the World Trade Center, and in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brooklyn Boro President, Eric Adams, said in his official newsletter, “After such a challenging period…the return of the Antic is a wonderful opportunity to support our small business community and spend quality time with our neighbors.” Usually, attendance at the Antic is approximately 800,000, but 400,000 showing up this year was more than expected and cause for celebration. Families, neighbors, old and new friends — and their dogs –strolled the more than one-mile-long open street bazaar. Two-hundred and fifty vendors, showcasing their food, artisana, art, jewelry, fashion, beauty products, handcrafts, toys, international food booths, and community and cultural institutions, were interspersed with ten live stages with a wide-range of music and dance performances. Marching bands added theatrical and musical fun along the avenue. Summed up beautifully, and written in poetic praise, Nick Birnback, Chief of the Strategic Communications Section in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, wrote on his personal Twitter account: Beautiful Brooklyn, locally owned and harvest retail therapy, autumn skies, yummy global eats and joyful musical mayhem; must be #atlanticantic time! Grace, who at age 4 attended the first Atlantic Antic™ in 1974, visited her favorite Atlantic Avenue clothing, jewelry and décor stores as well as shopping at stalls and enjoying traditional and international foods along the way. There was food for every taste at the Antic™. One food enthusiast was fascinated by a booth that read “Southern Food with a Korean Twist.” The enchanting and historic Middle Eastern enclave of businesses on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, still draws fans from near and far to their restaurants, bakeries, specialty foods, musical instruments, spices and other imports. During the Antic™, the street is a major attraction when classical Middle Eastern orchestras accompanied by belly dancers perform on the Main Stage. The energetic Dabke Group dancers performed their middle eastern dance on stage as well as in the street encouraging others to join in. Tribeca Pediatrics, who now has three offices in Brooklyn including in Boerum Hill, had a booth to publicize their locations. Zakiya, who was manning their booth described the Antic™ as having “really positive energy.” CURÀA, a new store on the avenue, explained their participation on the day of the Antic, “I think it is integral to learn about the community, [and] let them know that you are here.” Fun activities for all ages and interests entertained all...

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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be Recognized as the Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 17, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be Recognized as the Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador   Brooklyn, New York – September 17, 2021 – Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be recognized as the Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award recipient at the return of the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival. This award, presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), will take place on the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage, located on Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:20pm. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez is currently serving as Representative for New York’s 7th Congressional District. In the 117th Congress, she is the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.  She has made history several times during her tenure in Congress. In 1992, she was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In February 1998, she was named Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Hispanic woman to serve as Ranking Member of a full House committee. In 2006, she was named Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Latina to chair a full Congressional committee. Given these achievements, her roots are humble. She was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico – a small town of sugar-cane fields – in 1953, and was one of nine children. Velázquez started school early, skipped several grades, and became the first person in her family to receive a college diploma. At the age of 16, she entered the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. She graduated magna cum laude in 1974 with a degree in political science. After earning a master’s degree on scholarship from N.Y.U., Velázquez taught Puerto Rican studies at CUNY’s Hunter College in 1981. But her passion for politics soon took hold. In 1983, Velázquez was appointed Special Assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn). One year later, she became the first Latina appointed to serve on the New York City Council. As a fighter for equal rights of the underrepresented and a proponent of economic opportunity for the working class and poor, Congresswoman Velázquez combines sensibility and compassion, as she works to encourage economic development, protect community health and the environment, combat crime and worker abuses, and secure access to affordable housing, quality education and health care for all New York City families. The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader or business person 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 2016, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon in 2017, and New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery in 2018 and YWCA CEO and President Martha Kamber in 2019. ### Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth...

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New Attractions at Brooklyn’s Oldest Street Festival Will Make It One To Remember

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 21, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   New Attractions at Brooklyn’s Oldest Street Festival Will Make It One To Remember   Brooklyn, NY-September 21, 2021– The return of the Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 12 pm to 6 pm, rain or shine. Celebrating the triumphant return after last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brooklyn’s oldest street festival will offer new sights along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront. The festival spans 10 blocks through the brownstone neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn. With local Atlantic Avenue businesses and vendors both partaking, festival-goers can shop and dine locally on Atlantic Avenue. For the first time ever, Atlantic Antic™ welcomes a circus. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is a fun and charming group that brings joy and excitement to every event. They will be doing pop-up performances along the avenue and you can find them periodically between Hicks and Henry streets. Kids Rock for Kids, an energetic and talented group of tweens and teens will be performing between Henry and Clinton streets. Within the Kids Zone located at the corner of Boerum Place, attendees can enjoy the sights of bounce houses, petting zoos, pony rides, a toddler soccer activation, and DIY crafts including slime creation. Health and safety are a high priority at the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival and specific measures will be put in place. AALDC encourages mask-wearing for all merchants and vendors. The maintenance of six feet of distance and using hand sanitizer will be encouraged during the festival for all participants and attendees. Both AALDC booths will have masks and hand sanitizers available, and the Event Street Team will be handing out masks. If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccination shot, our sponsor MetroPlus Health will be on-site to perform COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Music and dance will return to the Antic. This year’s stages’ lineup includes performances from all genres including children’s dance performances, R&B, Hip-Hop, Folk, Middle Eastern, a trumpeter, a saxophonist, and an all-female drumming group. CityMD returns as 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 https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/.   The 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival sponsors include NYU Langone Health, CityMD, Con Edison, Mount Sinai Doctors-Brooklyn Heights, MetroPlus Health, Gramercy Pediatric Dentistry, Crunch Fitness, Brooklyn SolarWorks, NYC Ferry, Alloy, Changing Tomorrow Academy, Dodge YMCA, and more. This year’s Media Sponsors include Schneps Media, Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, The Villager, Caribbean Life, QNS, amMETRO, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, BRIC, Brooklyn Free Speech, SaveMor Digital Printing, and TGI Office Automation. For a full list of sponsors, please visit atlanticave.org. ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring...

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46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Receives Green Light to Return this October in Brooklyn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: July 1, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Receives Green Light to Return this October in Brooklyn   Brooklyn, New York- July 1, 2021- The Atlantic Antic™ Festival presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is making its grand return this fall on Sunday, October 3, 2021, 12-6 pm, rain or shine. Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival spans 10 blocks through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn. The AALDC is pleased to bring back the beloved festival to highlight the wares of our small businesses on Atlantic Avenue. In the past year and a half, businesses have experienced substantial economic hardships. The hope with the Atlantic Antic™ is to provide a profitable experience, with new and returning customers rediscovering each small business. For 45 years, Atlantic Avenue businesses and vendors have electrified the street with a little something for everyone including food, clothing, jewelry, and more. Attendees can stroll the avenue with their families and friends to enjoy their favorites such as street corn, crepes, lemonade as well as handmade clothing, jewelry and so much more! Vendors that are interested in selling their merchandise can view and complete the 2021 Vendor Application by visiting https://atlanticave.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021-Atlantic-Antic-Vendor-Application.pdf The Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage and Community stage features diverse entertainment. In previous years, the stages’ lineup included belly dancers, R&B local musicians, children’s dance performances, and drumming. Local musicians and acts who are interested in performing on one of the stages are encouraged to contact pr@atlanticave.org. We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated by October 3rd. If you plan to attend, and are not vaccinated, please wear a mask at all times. We encourage mask wearing for all merchants and vendors as a precaution. Maintaining six feet of distance and using hand sanitizer will be encouraged during the festival for all participants and attendees. We will continue to update and revise our guidelines to address the health conditions in the days and weeks leading up to our event.  Please come celebrate with us on October 3rd. The return of the Annual Atlantic Antic™ is special because the community can once again come together to celebrate the community, cultures, tradition, and food, all in one place.   ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring...

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First Annual “Pride on Atlantic Ave.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 18, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org The First Annual “Pride on Atlantic Ave” Event To Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Community in June   Atlantic Avenue will be beaming with pride for the first ever “Pride on Atlantic Ave” event. The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, in collaboration with Brooklyn Pride, is excited to launch this colorful celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community on Sunday, June 13, 12-5pm with food, drinks, shopping and music. Start your celebration with a week of Brooklyn Pride events leading up to their 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 12th.  Then join us on Brooklyn’s proudest historic avenue, from the Waterfront to Fourth Avenue. Pride month is a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community and the fight for equal rights. “Pride on Atlantic Ave” will celebrate the community and how much has been accomplished.  Local Atlantic Avenue businesses will show their support for pride with festively, rainbow decorated windows and outdoor dining fences. There will be promotions, discounts, art exhibitions and special offers. Local bars will celebrate with specially created pride cocktails for attendees to enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to come and show their pride with creative outfits, hair, and accessories. Then to post their photos taken that day in front of an Atlantic Avenue business to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AtlanticAvenuePride for a chance to be declared the ‘Best Pride Ambassador’ and awarded a prize.There will also be music along the Avenue to welcome and entertain event goers as they shop, dine and stroll. Transportation:  By Subway: Nearby Stations are Hoyt Street 2 or 3, Hoyt Schermerhorn A, C, G walk south on Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue; 2,3,D,N,R,Q to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Bus: B63 and B61, also nearby B41 and B99 By Bike: There are 8 nearby Citi Bike stations By Car: Parking is available at 200, 255, and 301 Atlantic Avenue and 333 Schermerhorn Street and other lots nearby. Street parking rules apply. By Long Island Railroad: Atlantic Terminal stop, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Ferry: Take the South Brooklyn route to Brooklyn Bridge/ Park Pier 6 Atlantic Avenue Pride on Atlantic Ave is sponsored in part by Out of the Closet and Investors Bank. To learn more about Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, visit www.atlanticave.org or follow @atlanticaveldc on Instagram.   ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org. Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities.   Brooklyn Pride, https://brooklynpride.org/   Brooklyn Pride is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-managed, tax exempt, non-profit organization working for and on behalf of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Brooklynnites and all other who support the struggle for equality of the Community. In the spirit of Stonewall, Brooklyn Pride welcomes the participation of all the residents of Brooklyn and the outer boroughs, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental, or development disability, race, religion, or sexual...

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Atlantic Avenue Spring Fling

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