Antics on Atlantic: Fun and food abound at borough’s oldest street fair

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Rolling deep: The yearly extravaganza brings out massive crowds.
Ready to eat: Claudia Bonilla, owner of Mexico Lindo, shows off some of her creations.
Family fun: Midwood resident Brenda Morales said she had a great day with her daughters Alyssa and Briana.
Quality time: The fair is the perfect way to spend a fun day with friends, as witnessed by this crew.
Caliente: A live salsa band provided the soundtrack for a hot day.
Pizza party: Sottocasa Pizza served its brick oven pies.
Having a good time: Revelers enjoy the day.

It’s fall’s biggest block party!

Thousands of people flooded Atlantic Avenue for the 43rd-annual Atlantic Antic street fair on Sept. 24, and the borough’s oldest outdoor festival lived up to its storied reputation, according to a first-time attendee.

“It was great,” said Midwood resident Brenda Morales, who brought her two daughters to the festivities. “It was just a really nice time to be down there.”

The massive fair ran from Hicks to Nevins streets and spanned four neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Downtown, drawing huge crowds with its food, live music, and other performances — including an appearance by Mayor DeBlasio, who delivered its opening remarks.

Morales treated herself to a diverse buffet, filling up on Mexican fare, chicken, kebabs, and corn and lemonade from a Colombian vendor, she said.

The day also featured a dumpling-eating contest, where one contestant scarfed down 122 of the doughy delights.

And Morales said that while this was her inaugural visit to the festival — which the Beastie Boys name dropped in their 1989 song “Shadrach” — it certainly won’t be her last, and that she looks forward to attending next year.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 12:22 pm, September 26, 2017
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Bummer from Bummerville says:

Party needs more ICE !
Sept. 28, 2017, 11:30 pm

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