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.”