Despite heat, Myrtle Ave street fest draws crowd

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Despite the heat, hundreds packed the streets for the annual Myrtle Avenue street fair last Sunday. The annual event brought residents from Ridgewood and Glendale out of their homes, an onto the central business district for an afternoon of family fun.

The fair featured tables from local vendors, as well as informational booths from businesses in the area. While most of the action was on street, the businesses behind were also open and especially the restaurants were packed with customers, enjoying the increased foot presence on the avenue.

In addition to vendors, there was also classic fair food, thrilling rides for the youngsters to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Down at the Fresh Pond Road portion of the fair, the East Coast Car Association set up some of their classic cars on display to benefit Toys for Tots. There was no charge for the spectators, but money is raised through an entrance fee and 50/50 raffle.

This year, all proceeds from their shows go to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

The festival was presented by the Glendale Kiwanis Club and organized by Meteor Festivals, who present street festivals across New York City.

See more photos from the celebration below:

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Reminder: Portion of Wyckoff Ave closed for pedestrian plaza tomorrow

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will test out a pedestrian plaza that would close Wyckoff Avenue between Gates Avenue and Myrtle Avenue to vehicular traffic this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last week, the DOT met with residents from Queens CB5 and Brooklyn CB4 to discuss the plaza, which is aimed at dealing with the confusing and often dangerous Myrtle/Palmetto/Wyckoff triangle to reduce the hazard to pedestrians, as part of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero plan.

Representatives from the DOT will be on hand to speak with residents and answer any questions they might have concerning the proposal, which will be reviewed by the community boards sometime this spring.

For more info on the plaza, check out the Facebook event. 

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Myrtle Avenue sidewalk sale this weekend

FullSizeRender-2To celebrate both President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, businesses on Myrtle Avenue are partnering to host a sidewalk sale. Merchants in the Myrtle Avenue business district and adjacent side streets from Fresh Pond Road to Wyckoff Avenue may  display merchandise in front of their businesses up to 3 feet from the building line (not at the curb) for this sale event.

Brave the cold this weekend and shop local at the over 300 stores located within the business district.

Seneca Stroll this Saturday

unnamed (1)The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting the second annual Seneca Avenue Stroll on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Seneca Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Catalpa Avenue.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the even with craft brews provided by Finback Brewery, Queens Brewery and Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, hosted inside Nepalese Indian Restaurant.

Food will be provided by Ridgewood Eats, Rudy’s Bakery, Nepalese Indian Restaurant and Zum Stammtisch.

In addition to food, there will be music, entertainment and the Queens Library Bookmobile.