Photos: Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Draws 13,000 People To Our Neighborhood For Food, Dancing, Games & More

Photos: Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Draws 13,000 People To Our Neighborhood For Food, Dancing, Games & More
A whopping 13,000 people attended yesterday's Flatbush Avenue Street Fair.

About 13,000 people flocked to the annual Flatbush Avenue Street Fair on Sunday — about a third more than last year, and the festivities celebrated the people and businesses along the avenue with dancing, music, carnival games, food, and more.

For the event, which is organized by the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District, a one-mile stretch of Flatbush, from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road, filled with people of all ages for one of the city’s most popular summer extravaganzas.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Lauren and other BID folk

The staff at the Flatbush Avenue BID, including (left to right) Lester Rowley, BID Executive Director Lauren Elvers Collins and Divine Muragijimana, worked incredibly hard throughout the day to make sure everything was running smoothly — and to hand out raffle tickets for such prizes as a $50 gift certificate to Cynthia King Dance Studio, tasty treats from Edible Arrangements, one free month of unlimited classes at Balmir Dance Studio, a stack of free tickets for the fair’s rides, and more.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Shawn Campbell and Jackie Bourne

There were lots of smiling faces at the fair, including Community Board 14 District Manager Shawn Campbell, left, and 70th Precinct Lieutenant Jackie Bourne.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair girl on horse 2

The horses were a huge draw for many a happy kid.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair girl on horse
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair crowd watches the magician 2

The magician on the steps of the Flatbush Reformed Church kept the audience laughing and cheering.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair magician and kid
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair magician crowd
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair clown

A balloon artist extraordinaire entertained families throughout the day.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair kids on ride
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Cynthia King

Cynthia King, from the nearby Cynthia King Dance Studio (21 Snyder Avenue, between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues), was thrilled to see her dancers wowing the crowd.

Dancers from Cynthia King Dance Studio's African dance class wowed the crowd.

The crowd seemed to stay in a perpetual state of cheering and clapping while watching performances by dancers from Cynthia King Dance Studio throughout the day, with kids and adults performing everything from African dance to hip-hop and ballet.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Cynthia King hip hop dancers 2
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair break dancer

While everyone else seemed to be melting in sweat, the dancers amazingly kept their cool!

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Cynthia King dancer concentrating
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Cynthia King dancers 2
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair ballet dancers waiting

The ballet dancers waited patiently for their turn.

Flatbush Avenue Stret Fair ballet dancer with flower
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair ballet dancer with flower 2

And when their turn came, there was many an ‘aww’ that could be heard rippling through the crowd.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Balmir dancers

The Balmir Latin Dance Studio (959 Flatbush Avenue, between Snyder Avenue and Albemarle Road) gave demo classes and performances, from salsa to the hustle.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair Balmir Latin Dance Studio
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair slicing the coconut
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair coconut

There was much to eat and drink at the fair, from coconuts from the Flatbush Caton Market

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair food

… to lots of grilled meat …

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair corn man

… a sea of corn, and more!

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair dunk tank

Some took their best aim at the dunk tank.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair dream weavers

The street was also a sea of vendors selling everything from dreamweavers to clothing, jewelry and more.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair kids clothing
Flatbush Avenue Street Fair kid in a car

And when the heat did become too much, some of the littlest fair goers were lucky to have a pretty sweet ride to kick back and relax in.

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair crowd

Many thanks to neighbor Elif Altinbasak for sending us the following fabulous photos:

Elif Altinbasak Flatbush Avenue Street FAir
Elif Altinbasak Flatbush Avenue Street Fair 3
Elif Altinbasak Flatbush Avenue Street Fair 2
Elif Altinbasak Flatbush Avenue Street Fair 4

All in all, the day seemed like a resounding success, and we already can’t wait for next year!

If you took any photos at the fair, email us at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com and we’ll post them to the blog!

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