It was very crowded, and a lot of fun.
Next time, I'm bringing my wallet, and eating a shishkebab.
I couldn't drag my sorry ass out of bed this morning to complete my planned 85-mile ride to Rockland County. Instead, I slept in, wrote some emails, watched a movie on TV, and around 3 o'clock, I headed over to Prospect Park for a self-timed 40-mile Individual Time Trial. After finishing in 1 hour, 50 minutes, I headed over to Atlantic Avenue to visit the Atlantic Antic, Queen of the Street fairs. This is one of those Brooklyn traditions that I was not able to partake in since heading off to college upstate.
There is really no other street in Brooklyn more fitting for the biggest and best street fair in the city. As anyone who's ever visited me in Brooklyn knows, and has heard me say, that Atlantic Avenue stretches from the waterfront in Brooklyn Heights all the way to Kennedy Airport in Queens. Along the way, it shows a cross-section of the city not visible anywhere else. On my end, you have an affluent neighborhood, then an Arabic neighborhood, then the eclectic Flatbush, then Park Slope, along with all of the different people who hang out there. From there, Atlantic Avenue goes deep into Brooklyn, and it's a whole urban melting pot, ten miles long. The crowd at the Antic clearly represents the street's diverse characters.
Although I'm trying to avoid eating the type of fatty foods served at street fairs, I was still looking forward to rolling down the street and smelling the the smells and seeing the sights. Most street fairs in the city, which start in May, and continue until the beginning of October, consist of various vendors selling everything from gyros, to barbecued corn, to handmade sweaters and cheap jewelry. The Antic goes a cut above with live music, and local restaurants serving their food at impromptu sidewalk cafes.
I was mostly looking for my friend Don, who sells his home-baked granola, known as Donola, and sold primarily at health food stores and street fairs. Don moved Maine earlier in the summer, so I knew the chances of seeing him were slim, but I felt compelled to look anyway.
It turns out that he wasn't there, but I did see a funny band outside of the Last Exit. I couldn't tell you what language they're were singing in, but it was a catchy tune and everyone was bobbing and swaying in the street. It was pure Brooklyn fun!
In other news, it looks like Ben Affleck is making a strong showing in my haircut poll! Keep those votes coming in as we enter the last 24 hours of the poll! Check back tomorrow for an analysis of the results, and a new poll!