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Va-va-va-vroom.

The New York Transit Museum put visitors in the driver’s seat when it set up shop at the Atlantic Antic, Sunday, with demonstrations about how to drive the Tunnel Wrecker, operate the Patcher and even make repairs on the subway’s sizzling third rail.

The green-and-yellow vintage buses and guest vehicles were parked alongside other eye candy at one of New York’s largest, most happenin’ street festivals, stretching approximately a mile along Atlantic Avenue — from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue — and featuring more than 600 artisans, merchants and food vendors, hawking everything from clams on the shell and jerk chicken to hand-tooled belts from Ruby Zaar and Rockstar Revolution’s punk rock toddler and adult T-shirts.

Cat Rhinehart from Downtown Atlantic, between Hoyt and Bond streets, even tempted passers-by with free samples of gazpacho while bon vivants kicked up their heels to life performances, including one by Les Sans Culottes outside Last Exit Bar and Lounge near Henry Street.

The diversity of it all bowled over Sheepshead Bay reveler Regina Stern.

“It was my first time there and it was a lot of fun, not like your country-style fairs, but very ethnic and very unique,” she marveled.

Looming clouds did little to dampen the 36th annual fair, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation. They were closely monitored by one in the know: Brooklyn-born WPIX News at Ten weatherman Irv Gikofsky, better known as “Mr. G,” who shared a stage with Borough President Markowitz and helped extend a warm borough welcome to the hordes who came to enjoy the avenue’s sights, sounds and surprises.

Posted 9:01 pm, September 27, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Chuck Reichenthal from Brooklyn says:
Amazing how much the Antic has grown and proven so much excitement over the years. Although I couldn't make it this year, I recall our start...or the Atlantic Ave. Committee's start. It was all one year after we had staged a mammoth Flatbush Avenue Festival, and, then, the idea shifted to Atlantic Ave. I recall the evening, a large group of us sweated over the title for the festival. I just gave up and took a piece of paper, squbbled on it 'Atlantic Antic'...and that was that... for then. The street had not yet had its complete renaissance, although there were signs that it would be possible. In the days after that first 'Antic', there were calls on rentals of available stores on the street. The 'Antic' had started to do its work...and the entire committee, the entire neighborhood was alive with renewed vigor. It is a pleasure to recall all of those 'Antic' years when I would work on running the entertainment, eventually on a stage at the 'Y' with my crew from Brooklyn Arts and Culture Assn. handling all kinds of problems. Exciting - yes - in spite of all of those early year problems. And I remain very proud of my years with the 'antic'. May it go on for years to come.
Chuck Reichenthal
Sept. 28, 2010, 8:57 am
Chuck Reichenthal from Brooklyn says:
Note - scribbled came out, for some reason, 'squibbled'.... Note the correction.... Must be too early in the morning!!!
Chuck
Sept. 28, 2010, 8:59 am

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