Posts Tagged ‘Street Fair’

antic_07_logo_greensmallest.jpgWe here at Brooklyn Skeptic totally dropped the ball on not schlocking the shit out of Atlantic Antic last week. Though it’s been in the forefront of my mind for weeks, I didn’t mention it once. Shame on me.

Thankfully, it seems as though most people in Brooklyn were able to attend. I mean, actually. I think every human in Brooklyn was there. Millions.

In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Atlantic Antic is an annual street fair that winds its way down ten blocks of Atlantic Avenue. First of all, ten blocks is, like, a lot. Over a mile! Of street fair!

Secondly, it lacks the crappo street fair staples like tapered jeans and pashminas that fell off the backs of trucks. It featured only five or so Mozzarepas stands, as opposed to 67 billion. All of that valuable street fair real estate that’s not filled with bullshit is actually filled with vendors who have stores on the street, good food, information from local community groups (Gowanus Conservancy?), artists, that guy who was selling his self published book at the Book Fair, and many more loved Brooklyn institutions. This means it’s actually fun to walk all the way down it.

Thirdly, there is music. Live bands, drum corps, belly dancing, etc. There seemed to be about one stage per block which had groups performing all day. This is also good and enjoyable.

Fourthly, drinking in public. Totally kosher.

Next year I promise to make a more concerted effort to mention that Atlantic Antic is coming up. I’m sorry I failed you, Brooklyn Skeptic.


All the people in Brooklyn who attended Atlantic Antic

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This Sunday, a handful of Skeptics traipsed merrily through 5th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope, Brooklyn. And as it turns out, we were not the only ones there. Looking down the Avenue from the top of the Slope, you could see it was packed for about a mile. The whole thing made me feel a little gay for Brooklyn. Here are some of my favorite parts of the fair:

1. Open Container Laws Be Damned

The fair gave a new meaning to al fresco drinking – of which we all know I’m the biggest fan. Nearly every bar was selling some beers, of both the generic and fantastic variety, on tap out of coolers in the middle of the street. You could get a plastic cup of beer or a frozen margarita from Mezcal and stumble around drunkenly, fondling pashminas and mozzarepas, for the rest of the day.

2. Kids Are So Predictable

At exactly 4:00, all of the children at the fair (roughly 2 million from the preliminary count) began to cry as their sugar highs wore off and they started to feel the effects of missing nap time. One child noted, “oh look – balloons,” in an uncharacteristically sarcastic manner.

3. Dancing Ladies

There were quite a few bands playing along the way, but there was one that stood out above all others: The Burlesque Alliance. This is an 11-or-so-piece band that was playing some kind of music with which I am not familiar enough to know the genre’s name. They had like horns or whatever. But more importantly, they had a lady who wore a tiny USO-style getup, dancing on the side of the stage. She was just awesome.

I was first introduced to the concept of go-go dancers at street fairs last summer at the Atlantic Avenue Street Fair. I didn’t like them as much. It seemed more exploitative in some way. Pizappas found this band a tad exploitative too. And I can understand that. I guess. But I’ll still going to their show at Southpaw on May 26.

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