On the stroll again

On the stroll again
Photo by Steve Solomonson

They were walking on sunshine.

Bay Ridge locals and visitors flocked to Third Avenue for an evening of fun and frolic at this year’s second Summer Stroll on Friday, July 20.

The annual four-part event celebrated the best in local business and entertainment and drew in residents as well as community leaders.

“The event really gives the restaurants and commercial establishments a chance to show the people of Bay Ridge all they have to offer,” said Ridgite and former chairman of Community Board 10, Craig Eaton.

Eaton returned to the stroll for the second time and brought along friends from Long Island to enjoy the warm evening.

“It was their first time there and they really enjoyed it,” he said.

The Third Avenue Summer Stroll is an annual event that closes the commercial corridor to traffic to allow people from all over the borough and beyond to play, walk, dine, and take part in an array of cultural activities, as a way to showcase the offerings local businesses offer Ridgites year round.

Max’s Wheelhouse Trio rocked the block with the hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s in front of Kettle Black on the corner of 87th Street.

Some residents especially enjoyed the summer vibes and the community spirit of the well-attended event.

“I like the events that are outside I enjoy the camaraderie,” said longtime Bay Ridge Parkway resident Joe Melillo, who shared a dance with Susan Mirra outside Casa Calamari on the corner of 86th Street.

The Summer Stroll returns on Aug. 3 between 68th and 80th streets, and on Aug. 10 between 80th and 90th streets, 6–10:30 pm, rain or shine.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kdugg[email protected]glocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
RAISING A CUP: Craig Eaton and friends enjoy cool beverages on Third Avenue.
Photo by Steve Solomonson