Bay Ridgites flock to Fifth Avenue Fest

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Sizzling’ sausage: Amber Urban served up bratwurst to locals like Melissa Hermann outside of her German restaurant Schnitzel Haus.
Sunday stroll: Amanda and Devon Oliver sipped on a “Dancing Pina Colada” as they strolled along Fifth Avenue.
All aboard!: Tykes rolled through Fifth Avenue in a miniature train.
Drum buddies: Kids went to the beat of their own drum at the fair.
Slide n’ smile: Maleeka Abushady had a blast on the inflatable rides.
Shredding it: Guitarists with local groups Head Over Heels and Radio Daze riffed for locals.

You could say they like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Bay Ridgites braved the misty weather and flocked to Fifth Avenue’s annual festival where locals mingled over sausage subs and crafty cocktails on June 4. It was more than just a good time — it showcased the hood’s tight-knit community, said one festival-goer.

“It shows the sense of community in Bay Ridge which I feel doesn’t exist in a lot of neighborhoods these days,” said Bay Ridgite Melissa Herrann, who has sauntered through the fair for the last three years. “It’s a nice way to reconnect with the vendors, get some food, have a pina colada. It’s a fun day.”

Locals sunk their teeth into street fair staples such as kebabs, cheese steaks, and zeppole, and sipped on massive piña coladas mixed in pineapples and coconuts.

Tykes bounced around on slides, in inflatable castles, and zipped up and down the avenue in a miniature train. It was a total fun-fest, said one parent who journeyed from Bensonhurst with her tot for the good time.

“It was a blast,” said Rosa Payne, who came out with her 4-year-old son. “He loved the face painting and corn dogs. I’m always looking for kid-friendly things to do with him, and it was great. We’ll absolutely be back next year.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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