The first ever Sheepshead Stroll took place this Sunday drawing thousands of attendees, and highlighting local merchants through a block party atmosphere on Sheepshead Bay Road.
The Stroll is a local version of the Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walk initiative, in which the agency works with community partners to close down the road to traffic, and allows businesses to turn their storefronts inside-out for shopping, dining and entertaining. The event was hosted by Empower Sheepshead and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, State Senator Marty Golden and the Kings Bay Y.
Blessed with beautiful weather, thousands came out for food samples, giveaways, kids entertainment, shopping and eating. Keep reading for the photo tour of the event.
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Just a reminder that this Sunday, June 1, from noon to 5 p.m., Sheepshead Bay Road will be turned into an outdoor amusement and shopping destination.
The streets will be closed to traffic and opened up for a block party like atmosphere at Sheepshead Stroll, with fun activities, games, contests and more. Businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road, between the subway station and Emmons Avenue, will be allowed to turn their stores inside out, taking over the sidewalks in front of their establishments for outdoor cafes, restaurants and beer gardens. There’ll be no such thing as window shopping, as clothing stores and other retailers put their merchandise out on display.
The Department of Transportation will bring additional tables and chairs for anyone to sit and enjoy the good weather, and several businesses are bringing in live entertainment. See the above flier for more information.
Just a word of note: buses will be rerouted to adjacent streets, and some side streets will be closed off to traffic as well. There will be parking in muni-lots and elsewhere, but it’ll be beautiful weather out, so walk it if you can!
Make Music NY 2010 website dropdown listing Brooklyn venues.
Today is June 21, 2010. The long-awaited start of summer. It’s also the longest day in the year. To celebrate this day, Aaron Friedman, the founder of Make Music NY and his team, have coordinated a city-wide block party. This party consists of music in all types and forms happening in every borough and in almost every neighborhood. Based on the variety of musical acts and interactive participation planned, this event sounds like a lot fun. It’s just that absolutely none of this fun is happening in Sheepshead Bay.
Now, this is not in anyway a criticism of the Make Music NY 2010 organizers, just a point of inquiry: Just how was this block party organized with not even one single performer or instrumentalist in Sheepshead Bay? Many Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Coney Island, have acts planned — but nothing in our neck of the woods.
On its ‘about’ page, Make Music NY mentions some of the unique acts that will perform, “Tamil Church choirs in Middle Village, high school Christian rock bands in Sunset Park, and a kazoo jam session outside a Morningside Heights church.” Are we saying that in our neighborhood we don’t even have some junior high school chorus group or worshippers to represent? Whatever happened to the Sheepshead Bay High School Sing performers?
Oh, well. It’s too late for this year, but maybe next year, we can drum up some musicians who would love to bang in the summer with a performance on Emmons Avenue. As I’m thinking about it, there are a few composers and artists already popping into my head. I’m sure there are many you can think about. Write in and let’s make Make Music NY know that we’re here and ready to play! Or better yet, tell your favorite musician that Sheepshead Bay’s sidewalks are awaiting and direct them to the website where they can find out how to participate in next year’s event.