Bastille Day on Smith Street is a highlight on the summer calendar. There are actually two celebrations, one in front of Bar Tabac and the other down the street a bit at Provence en Boite. Both have live music, delicious food & beverages and they both even have petanque tournaments. The streets are alive with everyone enjoying a summer day. It's fun to watch the games or hang with friends. We'll see you next year, n'est pas?
Sunday was the scene for the annual Smith Street Fair sponsored by South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation. There was something for everyone. Hungry? They had crepes, Italian and German Sausages, empanadas, grilled corn, arepas, Paella, fruits and refreshing beverages. Wanna shop? There were dresses, straw hats, baskets, jewelry, trinkets, flowers and bonsai, T-shirts, rugs and if that wasn't enough live music and cocktails. The Textile Arts Center had a silkscreen display and other crafty activities for the kids. The day wrapped up with Salsa music outside of El Nuevo Cibao and Ponce De Leon Federal Savings Bank. I know I missed a bunch too. Erica Stoltz has continued the tradition that her mother Bette Stoltz started 23 years ago. Thanks to everyone who has kept this fair going. See you next year.
On Saturday the Court Smith Bid Steering Committee held a model block event. We wanted to get the word out about our ongoing efforts to create a BID, business improvement district. Starting on Smith Street in front of Stinky Bklyn we gave out free ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, had a team of guys sweeping and doing clean up. There were some beautified tree pits and planters and the steering committee was there taking ballots and surveying what the residents want from the BID. We then moved over to Court St. in front of Runnin' Wild Kids Shoes and met some more neighbors. Hope you had a chance to stop by, say hello, and also enjoy a delicious ice cream courtesy of the steering committee. Caleb Caldwell Photography from The Brooklyn Paper stopped by to report as did Naomi Choy Smith of News 12 Brooklyn. Wow we made local media!