Brooklyn Celebrates 38th Annual Atlantic Antic!

One mile of Atlantic Avenue was closed to traffic while over 500 vendors came out to sell handmade jewelry, clothes, food and drinks.


One mile of Atlantic was transformed to a gigantic street fair bustling with hoards of Brooklynites and vendors selling clothes, handmade jewelry and food and drinks on Sunday.


Atlantic Antic, which was founded in 1974 by the Atlantic Avenue Development Corporation, celebrated its 38th year and thousands of people who came from all over Brooklyn, the four other boroughs and even as far as Alabama.

“I’m just enjoying the festivities, I have friends in town from Alabama and I’m showing them what Brooklyn is about,” said Khalid Green while eating fried chicken and collards greens from a soul food stand.

Just steps away from his new place of work, Barclays Center, which opened on Friday, Green said he couldn’t be more proud for his borough.  

“We are excited, Jay-Z did a great job and we will be bringing the Nets to Brooklyn,” Green said, who is a scout for the Brooklyn Nets. “And the fact that I am from Brooklyn makes this all a dream come true.”

Multiple bands and musical groups took to the avenue with live music, ranging from rock and roll, bluegrass and hip-hop.

Vendors sold handmade jewelry, handmade t-shirts and more.

Food ranged from Italian sausage, funnel cake, fried Oreos, to jerk chicken and Caribbean cuisine, to Brooklyn-based bakeries selling fresh hot cookies and muffins.

A man who was holding two pineapples filled with pina coladas said he came to Atlantic Antic right after church.

“I just got out of church and I am having so much fun,” said Danny Marty from Clinton Hill. “You can’t beat this family festival filled with food and festivities.”

karen auster October 01, 2012 at 11:04 AM
there were massage chairs on the south side btwn smith and hoyt street.
Marcia C. October 01, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's always fun to wander the street fairs in Brooklyn, especially one with so much history!
TAMMY October 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I avioded the Atlantic Antic and the 3rd Avenue Feast in Bay Ridge because I am getting sick and tired of all of the advertising for the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclay's Center and both places advertised it like every block. Who cares about Jay-Z. As a Boston Celitcs Fan I say that the Nets will be a little better mabye a marginal playoff team at very best.
Patti October 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Apparently a lot of people care about Jay-Z. The concert was sold out. Hopefully Brooklyn will care about the Nets. I remember watching the Brooklyn Dodgers with my Dad. Those were the days............................. The Nets need some (a lot of) hometown pride!!!
Hambone October 01, 2012 at 06:32 PM
You avoid a great time because you don't want to see signs? That's the definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face.


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