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Preparations are almost complete for Bay Improvement Group’s Bayfest 2014, the annual Emmons Avenue waterfront celebration now in its 23rd year.

The event this year will be anchored by two main stages, with Broadway Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields headlining one, and indie vocalist Darnaa & Friends performing on the other. There will also be bands on the pier, and one on “The Dragon Boat” at Pier 10.

Aside from the music, there’ll be a kids’ zone with games, arts and crafts, inflatable amusements and more. Antique cars from the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn will keep the interest of grease monkeys and nostalgia fanatics, as well as a few other surprises for attendees.

Bayfest kicks off at noon, filling Emmons Avenue between East 27th Street and Ocean Avenue.

An hour before it begins, at 11 a.m., the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association will hold a service for Memorial Day at their veteran’s memorial site on the south side of Emmons Avenue at Brown Street.

Come tonight and you could learn how streets like this got their names. (Source: GerritsenBeach.Net/Flickr)

The Bay Improvement Group is holding its annual history night presentation tonight. The event, which serves as the lead-up to May 18′s BayFest. The group asked us to share the following message:

Tonight, Monday, May 12, is our Annual BIG History Night. We’ll gather at 8pm at Sunrise Senior Living, 2211 Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay.

Ron Schweiger, the Official Brooklyn Historian, will present his exclusive presentation, “The Story Behind Brooklyn Street & Neighborhood Names.”

Every wonder why they call them “New Lotts”? “Bay Ridge”? “Gerritsen”? “Brownsville”? Why our streets have names like Batchelder, Ford, and Knapp Streets? Answers to these questions and more, as well as interesting tidbits of Brooklyn history, will be discussed.

Free parking. Refreshments and time to chat at conclusion.

While organizers of the not-so-Great GoogaMooga reneged on their “rain or shine” billing in the face of Sunday’s drizzle, hundreds of Sheepshead Bay residents flocked to Emmons Avenue to prove what the phrase really means.

Bay Improvement Group’s 22nd Annual Bayfest went forward despite a day-long downfall that appeared to come in from all directions. Attendance was surely hampered by the weather, and even several of the sponsors bailed (Sheepshead Bites set up table, but, without a tent, was forced to say our goodbyes after our materials took on too much water).

Organizers plowed ahead anyway, keeping good on their promise, with music blaring from two main stages and a handful of performance areas. Inflatable rides amused kids – and also provided brief refuge from the rain, and sponsors like Investors Bank kept in good spirits, cheering to the music with their teams and handing out goodies.

Aside from all fun – soggy or not – the group’s president, Steve Barrison, took a moment before the festivities to honor the  Department of Sanitation with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Barrison and the group thanked the department for lifting, carting and removing countless tons of debris in the months after Superstorm Sandy.

See the photo gallery.

Photo By Erica Sherman

Bayfest, Brooklyn’s largest waterfront celebration, is coming to Emmons Avenue this Sunday, May 19. This incarnation of Bayfest marks its 22nd year in existence as eight blocks of Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront will be filled with music, fun, and vendor-free booths giving out a slew of samples and product information.

This year’s Bayfest will include the usual mix of musical performers, raffles and kid friendly activities, but will also feature a big selection of Sandy-related recovery organizations looking to help rebuild the community.

You can also say hello to your friends at Sheepshead Bites as we’ll have our own booth and be giving away a few goodies.

Here are all the relevant details from the organizers:

We admit we got a very late start preparing for BAYFEST because we were so involved with post-Sandy efforts.  At the same time, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to support the community’s long-term recovery from the disaster, and the event has come together beautifully. We’re grateful and pleased about the number and variety of Sandy recovery organizations that will be on hand, and their eagerness to meet with and assist residents still suffering from the disaster.

At this writing, two dozen organizations will participate in Investors Bank BAYFEST (with more signing on), making it the largest event of its kind in Brooklyn to date.  We were able to put this list together with the cooperation of the Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group, which brings together organizations that focus on coordinating to address the various unmet needs of Brooklyn’s Sandy survivors.

Here is the list so far of the two dozen organizations that will attend Investors Bank BAYFEST, with brief descriptions of the types of assistance they offer:

  • Alzheimer’s Association – scholarships for Medic Alert bracelets/necklaces (part of the Safe Return program)
  • Arab-American Family Support Center * – case management
  • American Red Cross * – case management including housing assistance, appliances, financial aid, referrals
  • Asian Americans for Equality – loans and grants
  • Bridge Street Development – temporary housing
  • Brighton Neighborhood Association – mold remediation and other assistance
  • Brooklyn Jubilee – pro bono legal assistance
  • Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group – referrals
  • Catholic Charities * – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Coney Island Hospital medical van – free checkup with a doctor, blood pressure screening
  • Department of Financial Services
  • Diabetes Education and Resource Center – healthcare
  • Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol – emergency preparedness
  • Lutheran Social Services – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Met Council – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Neighborhood Housing Services – loans; referrals
  • Neighborhood Revitalization – professional mold remediation
  • New York Cares – muck-outs, mold remediation, repairs, tax advice, volunteers
  •  NIA Community Network Services – financial counseling, debt management and reduction
  • NYS Energy Audits – free insulation, appliances, weatherization
  • NY Mortgage Coalition – foreclosure prevention, mortgage assistance, legal support
  • Operation HOPE – insurance counseling, financial management guidance and support
  • Project HOPE – counseling, and emotional and psychological support
  • YaDestiny Treasure Chest – children’s clothing

Eligibility for services offered by some of these organizations is income-based. Some may require a FEMA number; others work with undocumented residents.

The organizations with an asterisk (*) do case management, meaning a trained, compassionate case manager works one-on-one with you to:

  • Answer your questions about recovery
  • Develop a plan to address your needs
  • Connect you with appropriate community resources
  • Determine what financial assistance may be available to you
  • Advocate on your behalf with service and benefit providers

All of the case management organizations are 501(c)3 non-profits and participate in (Coordinated Assistance Network), the American Red Cross’ membership database that works to prevent duplication of services.  It may not be accessed by the government for any reason.

MUSIC supported us again this year in our search for bands.  Over 1,600 bands from as far away as Japan applied through their platform to play Investors Bank BAYFEST.  We narrowed the list down to 300 bands within 25 miles of Sheepshead Bay that were family friendly and that sounded good in videos of live performances.  We listened to all of them–twice.  There’s a lot of good music out there!  But we had to choose.  In total, Investors Bank BayFest will offer 23 performances on two stages and eight blocks of Emmons Avenue.

Main Stage
On the Main Stage The Voice will meet American Idol, as Brooklyn’s own Adriana Louise(The Voice, Season 3) and Good Day New York’s Michael “Big Mike” Lynche (American Idol, Season 9) share the stage, backed up by the pro outfit East Coast Band.  We’re bringing back two BAYFEST favorites: Stout, with their traditional songs of the sea, and rock ‘n’ roll fire-fighting bagpipers The Shots.  New will be feisty, bluesy Amy Lynn & The Gunshow and Vinny Jett, who will give his rap song “Sandy The Homewrecker” a Brooklyn twist.  Early in the day we give the DSNY a Lifetime Achievement Award and at 3:15pm the FDNY fireboat will do a display in the Bay.

Mobile stage
Indie sensation Darnaa is donating her performance and will perform on her mobile stage, which she is allowing other bands to use.  Defying categorization, Band Droidz will warm up the stage for her, while top flight jazz artist Onaje Allen Gumbs and his band New Vintage, as well as soaring arena-rock band Face The King, will open the day.

Pier performances

Pier bands will include:


  • Arts & Crafts with A2Z Party and ScribbleShop (Tucker Park)
  • Strolling cartoon characters
  • Giant Bounce
  • FDNY Smokehouse
  • Face Painting
  • Brooklyn Public Library storyteller (at their table)
  • Harborlore “Fish Tales” storyteller (2pm, pier 4)
  • NY Aquarium


  • 50/50
  • Brooklyn Brewery gift certificate
  • Circle Line tickets
  • Intrepid tickets
  • GNC men & women’s vitamin packs ($50 value each)
  • Wheeler’s gift certificate
  • JoMart Chocolates gift certificates
  • More coming in…

The All Community Arts event will be taking place simultaneously east of BayFest on Emmons Avenue.

Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy.

BayFest 2012 turned into the biggest BayFest ever, drawing as many as 134,000 people to Emmons Avenue for a day to celebrate the waterfront, organizers said.

Check out photos and get more details about the event!

This is a sponsored announcement from Bay Improvement Group. 

Completely free, with no tickets needed, BayFest 2012 is Brooklyn’s largest waterfront celebration. Scheduled for Sunday, May 20, from noon to 6pm along eight blocks of Emmons Avenue overlooking Sheepshead Bay and Kingsborough Community College, BayFest 2012 will offer music by over 20 bands, including Jay & The Americans (who got their start in Brooklyn) as well as twenty young, up-and-coming groups on a main stage, mobile stage, and 10 piers (8 blocks).

Something for Everyone

BayFest 2012 is an all-ages event that, in addition to music on every pier, will feature dance troupes; gymnastics displays; and a United States Merchant Marine Academy kick-off that includes a color guard, drill team demo, and rampart trumpet performance.  The Brooklyn Nets Mobile basketball unit; FDNY smokehouse; FDNY fireboat water display; and educational exhibits by organizations like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the New York Aquarium, and the Brooklyn Public Library are also planned. A kids’ zone will offer face painting and amusements, and an arts & crafts area for making something to take home. BayFest 2012 will also feature raffles; food, drink, and performer merchandise sales on docked cruise ships (Piers 8, 9, and 10); sponsor tables with information and giveaways; and much more.

Event Details

What: BayFest 2012: Brooklyn’s Largest Waterfront Celebration
Where: Emmons Ave. from E. 27th St. to Ocean Avenue (Piers 1-10), Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
When: Sunday, May 20 from 12 noon to 6pm

Bay Fest 2012 Program Guide Proof

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Bay Improvement Group is gearing up once again for the annual BayFest, taking place this year on Sunday, May 20.

The event will feature 21 bands, non-stop entertainment, Brooklyn Net’s mobile basketball unit, inflatable rides, an exhibit by the New York Aquarium and lots (lots!) more.

But in advance of the event, the group needs to corral dozens of volunteers to help pull off the big day. And, besides being a community do-gooder, there are plenty of perks for those vollies, including free food, t-shirts and more.

The group is having a meeting for volunteers tonight, so if you’re interested in joining come tonight at 8:00 p.m. to the Comfort Inn at 3218 Emmons Avenue. If you can’t make it tonight, you can e-mail for more information.

A scene from last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

With BayFest 2012 — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival — a mere four months away (slated for May 20), the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), which organizes the event, will be holding its next BayFest planning meeting at 8:00 p.m., January 10 in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted dozens of performances on multiple stages stretching 10 piers and eight blocks along Emmons Avenue, so bring a friend and get involved with the Bay’s premier maritime arts and musical event, which features fun and educational activities for all ages.

To learn more, go to, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, as well as BayFest, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

Sheepshead Bites represents at last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) and its president, Steve Barrison… want YOU to join them at 8:00 p.m., November 16 for a volunteer meeting to help organize BayFest 2012 (slated for May 20, 2012).

The planning get-together for the 21st Annual BayFest — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival and neighborhood institution, enjoyed by thousands — will be held in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted no less than 24 high energy performances on multiple stages spanning the length of Emmons Avenue. Barrison, no doubt, will be looking to kick it up a few notches.

Get involved, bring a friend, and be a part of one of our neighborhood’s premier, time-honored traditions.

To learn more, go to,, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

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BayFest 2011 is just around the corner, and with the Seaside Concert Series potentially cancelled, and the Siren Fest moving to Jerk-hattan, BayFest could be poised to be the premiere music festival in Southern Brooklyn this year!

Organizers have followed through with their plans to kick it up a notch, featuring 24 performers spread out along Emmons Avenue from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street. They’re packing on some premo performances on a main stage, and a roster of largely local bands along all 10 piers.

BayFest 2011 kicks off along Emmons Avenue at noon and lasts until 6:00 p.m. It is a rain-or-shine event. Also, Sheepshead Bites will have a table there, so stop by!

Three Sheepshead Bay-area performers that answered our call in April made the cut: Coney Island rock troupe Neptune Jam, Sons of Jove from Manhattan Beach, and Anniko Vitolo, producer of the Streets of Brooklyn music video.

And as we previously announced, Sheepshead Bay-native Robert Santa will be one of the headlining acts on the main stage. The Robert Santa Band played for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses.

Santa will share the main stage – at East 27th Street – with Stout, Beatles’ tribute band Ticket2Ride, and The Shots (with special guest Richie Ramone of The Ramones) and The Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, an energetic group of rocked out bagpipers. Yeah, you read me. Kilts and all.

Some other really cool surprises this year? Pier 5 will be dominated by Art Start, an awesome volunteer arts organization for kids from families in crisis, be it kids in shelters, on the streets or involved in court cases. The group is bringing some of its most talented to perform spoken word, rap, hip-hop, folk rock, pop rock, electronica… well, if you can name it, they’ll likely have someone doing it!

What else? Dude! Cosplay maids doing Japanese pop! BayFest organizers plucked Reni Mimuri from the comic book and anime convention circuit to do their synchronized Japanese maid routine on Pier 3. The best part? They clean up afterwards.

There will also be a Peruvian pan-flute band to keep away giant guinea pigs; 32 costumed dancers from Brighton Ballet; and, well, why don’t I just show you the program guide?

View the program guide.

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