The festivities included a coronation of Marty Markowitz and more food than you could shake a skewer at

Back to the block: Revelers flocked to Atlantic Antic on Sunday

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Party time: Crowds line Atlantic Avenue for the Atlantic Antic, which organizers say is the largest street fair in the city.
Weekend warrior: Peter Sikora of Parents for LICH fights for his right to Long Island College Hospital at the annual Atlantic Antic street festival.
Wood solid: Avian Carruby shows off her wares, including tables and chairs made of reclaimed wood, at the 39th annual Atlantic Antic street fair.
Head trip: Designer Heather Wells, second from left, sells bridal crowns made from recycled materials at the Atlantic Antic.
Good on paper: Councilman Steve Levin presents an award naming Borough President Marty Markowitz king of Kings County.
The king and us: Marty Markowitz basks in being crowned the king of Kings at the Atlantic Antic.

The 39th annual Atlantic Antic packed Atlantic Avenue with vendors, performers, and party people on Sunday afternoon.

Belly dancers and musicians strutted and strummed their stuff and artists, craft brewers, and other vendors from around the city, more than 400 in total, showed their wares. Atlantic Avenue establishments like the House of the Lord Church got in on the action, too.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet different people and raise funds,” said Dawn Daughtry, a church minister who was selling food and books to benefit the church.

The festival stretched from the Barclays Center to Brooklyn Bridge Park and organizers said the projects were fitting book-ends for what they claim is the city’s largest street fair.

The Antic boasted all the staples of a typical New York street fair — there was more funnel cake and grilled corn than you can shake a skewer at — but the many-block party offered not-so-standard fare as well, with Bacchus Restaurant serving up blue point oysters and Mile End Deli dishing out smoked meat sandwiches.

“[The Barclays Center] is a great addition to the avenue,” said Christian Haag, president of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, which organizes the event. Haag said he is also a fan of the waterfront park at the road’s end.

No street fair would be complete without a bit of political theater and this year’s Antic delivered in a big way when Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D–Brooklyn Heights) and Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg) crowned Borough President Marty Makrowitz the king of Kings County.

Markowitz is nearing the end of his 12-year stint as Beep and he used the occasion to reflect on his tenure.

“When I was 16 I had a dream I wanted to be Brooklyn Borough President,” Markowitz said. “You’ve made my dreams come true, and I hope I’ve made your dreams come true in a little way, too.”

Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Lazy from MetroTech says:
Big Gowanus news today and THIS is BP's lead story!!
Sept. 30, 2013, 4:59 pm
jay from nyc says:
this so called antic is just gross, gross food, gross garbage, gross smell. Street "fairs" in general just suck.
Sept. 30, 2013, 6:33 pm
Me from Fort Greene says:
Marty Makrowitz, eh? Every time I read something in this paper I see something that a copy-editing intern could have caught.
Oct. 1, 2013, 11:55 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I agree with the two posters posted above but I should add that even without this street fair, Atlantic avenue is practically a parking lot, where cars and trucks can't get to their destinations on time. Now imagine a street fair and having to use all of those side streets what you get is a nightmare here people. This includes first responders, ambulances, and first responders. Now of course feel free to add your personal attacks.
Oct. 1, 2013, 3:25 pm
Resident from Brooklyn, NY says:
Yeah, allowing thousands of people on foot to enjoy the street for one part of one day in a neighborhood where the majority of people don't own cars is so unfair to drivers!
Oct. 1, 2013, 3:41 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm all for a fun time but there is a time and a place for everything as the old saying goes. Why does this have to take place on such a major thourogh fair? There are a number of side streets that the Atlantic Antic can take plave on close by. I should also add that the bike zealots are in the same boat as the drivers here. Too bad that they will never dare take my side.
Oct. 1, 2013, 3:46 pm
Aesop from Samos says:
ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”
Oct. 2, 2013, 11:14 am
Sami from BK says:
All those people & potentially could have been no hospital in the vicinity from Barclays to the waterfront. Good thing nurses, staff, & doctors fought like hell to save lich. Now the community needs to help them restore it or there will be tragedy happening as more & more people pour into the area. Never this neighborhood so crowded as its been this summer.
Oct. 2, 2013, 9:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am not surprised that the bike zealouts haven't endorsed my position even though they should be in the same boat as the taxpaying motorists. After all most of them simply use the streets to jay ride their bikes while flagarantly ignoring all the rules and abiding by right of ways. I suspect that many of those coming to the festivities may ride their bikes instead of driving (since drivers have to pay for parking yet bikers always "avoid" this privilege, so there is another example of how undemocratically the rules are employed). If people want to have fun they can go to Coney Island and get an all day pass to the rides. Let motorists use the roads and partiers use the playgrounds. I am not asking for permission to drive anywhere I want on Coney Island, so it should be the same for these festival goers trying to usurp the motorists from the streets that they pay for and need to get to and from work. For the record, I have nothing against those that don't want to agree with my views, but it's another to make a personal attack. I don't advocate for making any local streets into a playground nor do I think we should have times that we can drive our cars through the playgrounds and amusement parks, so that claim has just been debunked.
Oct. 3, 2013, 12:44 pm
ty from pps says:
Your hampster-wheel driven brain is in desperate need of WD-40.
Oct. 3, 2013, 1:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm just so shocked ty by yet another personal attack. Look up "sarcasm" in the dictionary if you really do think I'm shocked. It's one thing to disagree but these attacks are a completely different animal. Do I drive my car on the beach? Do I drive my car through Prospect Park? Of course I don't. I'm sorry for you that you are unable to understand my point of view and my healthy beliefs in knowing what a "devil's advocate" is.
Oct. 3, 2013, 1:12 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:
Better take care everyone - ty the hall monitor is on patrol
Oct. 4, 2013, 6:21 pm

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