The 32nd Annual Atlantic Antic

September 17, 2006

Another September, another Sunday devoted to the best, most diverse, most lively street fair in New York City. While many festivals and fairs have become homogenized and interchangeable, the Atlantic Antic retains the unique character of the street on which it is held.

Atlanic Avenue is a broad boulevard that cuts a swath across Brooklyn, from the waterfront to the Queens border, and spans a wide variety of cultural, religious and economic groups. Despite any traditional constraints, during the Antic the peoples of dozens of regions and nations come together to have a good time.

Fairgoers easily break into dance as soul, rockabilly, hip-hop, jazz, country, middle eastern, mariachi, rock & roll, folk, salsa, jug band and gospel music fills the air from the street and from half-a-dozen stages.

The Avenue’s best taverns and restaurants set up seating areas and serve their food and drink outdoors, but experienced fairgoers head straight for the homemade goodies as the local church, mosque, temple and synagogue ladies present their specialties: bacalaitos, pastelles, empanadillas, rugelach, hammentaschen, baklava, coconut cake, blueberry cobbler, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, sweet potato pie, iced tea and strawberry lemonade.

From morning to night thousands of Brooklynites (both old and new) come out to stroll, sit, shop, eat, drink, mingle, explore and learn a little more about their city, their heritage and each other.

NYPD officer on Atlantic Avenue Posted by Picasa

Man chewing a piece of straw Posted by Picasa

Woman with tattooed feet and shins Posted by Picasa

Amar the belly dancer Posted by Picasa

Omar the belly dancer Posted by Picasa

Girl with Miss New York sash Posted by Picasa

DJ with a turntable Posted by Picasa

Man with a baby on his shoulders Posted by Picasa

Girl in a Yes, I Have An Attitude t-shirt Posted by Picasa

Man making balloon sculptures Posted by Picasa

Girl in cheeseburger hat Posted by Picasa

Man with a Mexican noisemaker Posted by Picasa

Boy in a white t-shirt Posted by Picasa

Singer with a red belt Posted by Picasa

Man with red bike Posted by Picasa

Woman in a straw hat Posted by Picasa

Couple in Belarussian dress Posted by Picasa

Man wearing a Jimmy Buffett t-shirt Posted by Picasa

Woman in a Belleza Latina sash Posted by Picasa

Man in a NYU Greeks t-shirt Posted by Picasa

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Kids at a Pentecostal church Posted by Picasa

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Hip-hoppers in plaid shirts Posted by Picasa

  • Atlantic Antic 2006
  • Atlantic Antic 2005
  • Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association
  • The Arab-American Family Support Center
  • Kane Street Synagogue
  • Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
  • Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development
  • Willowtown Association
  • Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment
  • Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Brooklyn Community Access Television
  • Magnetic Field
  • Waterfront Ale House
  • Floyd
  • Last Exit
  • Brawta Carribean Cafe
  • La Mancha
  • The Soul Spot
  • The Chip Shop
  • Musician’s General Store
  • Urban Organic
  • Hope Vet
  • Providence Day Spa
  • Sahadi’s

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