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PHOTOS: Washington Avenue Rocks Street Festival

Street festival brings local merchants and residents together

The second annual Washington Avenue Rocks Street Fair brought together Brooklynites, New Yorkers and vendors this past Saturday.

Washington Avenue rocked along a one block stretch between Prospect Place and St. Marks Ave. The daylong event offered food, entertainment and shopping with local merchants that serve the Prospect Heights/Washington Ave. community.

"The prices for the jewelry were very affordable and reasonable," said Claudia Ramos of East New York. "Even though I don't live in the Heights, I like to explore all that New York has to offer. The summer will be over before you know it, so I try to attend as many free and family-oriented events as possible."

The event, which was hosted by the Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association, showcased local fashion and a live musical by MCA jazz recording artist Fredrix. Fredrix graced the crowd with his musical infusion of jazz and hip-hop.

The New York Blood Center was also on hand, for people who wanted to give blood exceeded their goal of blood donations for the day. Kids had the chance to have their faces painted, played with bubbles, colored and enjoyed free snacks. Others bounced around on an inflated bouncing castle that was complete with a water hose.

"I came just to enjoy the food," said Bryan Reynolds, a resident of Prospect Heights, as he munched on jerk chicken from Janelle's. "I attended the fair last year and it seems to be bigger and better this year."

Some of the vendors on hand included Dean Street, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, performers from the Green Bus Tour, 3D's Bakery, B Cake NY and the newly established restaurant Janelle's.

Individual vendors sold handmade jewelry, clothes, antiques and food fare that included international cuisine and baked goods. Some people brought their beach chairs and found a cool spot in the shade, while others found it more comfortable to sit on the street and take in the sights.

"We just so happened to pass by and came upon the street fair," said Sandra Olivier of Crown Heights. With her two kids in tow they were able to freely explore all the fair has to offer.

"I didn't realize how much can go on within one square block and we plan to make a day of it," said Olivier. "My kids are happy."

Information about upcoming events with the Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association can be found here

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