On the Avenue: Crowds enjoy dining, shopping and entertainment at #FunonFifth!

What do Olympic sports, sword swallowing and live music have in common? They were highlights of last Friday evening #FunonFifth Event in Bay Ridge!

members of Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID — including the executive director Amanda Zenteno — welcomed thousands of families to the first of several #FunonFifth events taking place “on the avenue” throughout the summer and into fall. The event featured live music and entertainment throughout the pedestrian mall constructed between 72nd and 85th Streets.

The youngsters enjoyed learning the art of curling – just like at the Olympic Games!

Outside popular restaurants, bands like The Rigbees and Lords of the Fjords listed for patrons who enjoyed al fresco dining and drinking. As families walked down the street, many stopped and gathered to enjoy notable attractions like this Brooklyn Curling Center, which had a mini Olympic-style curling surface for children and adults to try their luck. Further down professional supporting actor Adam Realman blinded a large crowd of onlookers by swallowing a sword. Rides and games were set up along the avenue, and there was also a heavy art presence.

Professional sideshow entertainer Adam Realman swallowed an actual sword to the delight of the crowd.

event manager Chip Cafe told us that the event went exceptionally well.

“We had a really nice evening,” he said. “There were lots of things to do and things to see, plus the bands drew big crowds at each location. It gave families the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy all that Fifth Avenue has to offer.”

Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID CEO Amanda Zenteno (left) greets #FunonFifth organizer Chip Cafiero at the event.

The #FunonFifth event is part of the Open Streets 2022 initiative brought to Bay Ridge through the efforts of BID along with Councilmembers Justin Brannan and the Third Avenue Civic Improvement Association, Inc. dealers The next edition is scheduled for September 30th.

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Speaking of installments, the next edition of the Summer walk on 3 takes place tonight “on the avenue” from 68th street to 83rd street. This week’s event focuses on family fun, with selfie stations set up in blocks closed to vehicular traffic.

Make sure to “Show Your Stroll” by posting photos on social media and using the hashtag #SummerStrollon3rd! A lucky poster will win a prize for their photo, organizers said.

Remember: All photos must be posted publicly for the judges to see, or shared with the Official Summer Stroll on 3rd Channels — @summerstrollon3rd on Facebook and Instagram and @SummerStroll3rd on Twitter.

Happy posting everyone!

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