Three years ago, the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) held the first event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Rudy’s Bakery, a local institution.
Last year the event celebrated the 10th anniversary of Ridgewood Eats, which is a newer addition to Seneca Avenue, but still a popular neighborhood staple.
“It’s to bring the community together and to have good will and good cheer,” said BID executive director Ted Renz.
Unfortunately, the event wasn’t able to draw the usual crowd, and Renz said they had to cancel the live music portion of the entertainment because of the rain.
“We were hoping for nicer weather, but the cards were not with us,” Renz said.
He said the BID is considering moving the event to the end of August or September next year, hoping for better weather.
The stroll was part of the Department of Transportation’s weekend walk program, which partners with local community groups to host multi-block events on commercial streets, and there was still plenty of highlights for the families that came.
Rudy’s and Ridgewood Eats were just two of the vendors offering food and information. The FDNY set up a fire safety simulator for youngsters, and there was face painting, prizes and a bounce house.
“This is all about supporting the community and getting the word out that the police are here to help,” said Len Santoro, president of the 104th Precinct Community Council.
Craft Culture, a new craft beer and import shop coming to Myrtle Avenue by the end of the year, hosted a beer tasting featuring local brewers Finback, Bridge and Tunnel, and Queens Brewery.
“This is a great opportunity to kind of show the community first hand what we’re doing and I’m very thankful [Renz] was able to accommodate working with all of these different breweries for the event,” said owner Cesar Andrade.