Third Ave. first for fun: Ridge’s stroll draws all walks

Third Ave. first for fun: Ridge’s stroll draws all walks
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

Bay Ridge’s four-part stroll got off on the right foot.

Locals packed Third Avenue between Bay Ridge Avenue and 80th Street on July 15 for the first of this season’s four Summer Strolls. The 11-block-long street festival has become a yearly ritual for many, including one family that came to its third Summer Stroll and caught some live music in between a brew and a slice.

“The [Dead Ridge Boys] and the band at Salud were both great,” said Ridgite Eve Macasulo, who came with her two young kids and husband. “It’s always good, we grabbed a beer at Longbow and some pizza on the way home.”

Young dancers with Dimensions in Dance put on a show in front of the group’s studio near 76th Street, while the Ridge Chorale and Jeff Samaha Theater sang four selections from their upcoming production of “Hairspray” a few blocks away. The latter group has performed at the last three Summer Strolls, and its managing director called it a great opportunity to spread the word about their productions.

“So many people we meet don’t realize there are active community theaters here in Bay Ridge, so it’s a nice opportunity to put that out there to them — that they don’t have to go all the way to Manhattan to see a quality production,” Karen Tadross said.

The group will return to perform on July 22 at 87th Street — and at alternating locations during the two August Summer Strolls.

The Summer Stroll continues on July 22 and Aug. 12 between 80th and 90th streets, and Aug. 5 between Bay Ridge Avenue and 80th Street. 6–10 pm.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlync[email protected]local.com.