El Regresso, located at 189-191 S. 2nd St., is a state-funded center for recovering substance abusers.
Former assemblyman and City Council candidate Vito Lopez said the event was in honor of former Second Street resident, Adela Rivera, and to commemorate her efforts in preserving the neighborhood.
“We’re here to pay tribute for a pioneer that’s been around for 40 years,” Lopez said. “She’s the one that saved four of the buildings on this block.”
While Lopez has been largely absent throughout the prime 2013 campaign season, he and his staff handed out fleece blankets to community members and joined in the South Williamsburg street fair to meet with constituents.
“It’s a great event,” Lopez said.
Yajaira Castillo, a Marcy Avenue resident, stopped by the street fair with her children to get out of the apartment in the dead heat of the summer.
“We’re out here eating cotton candy, having fun and relaxing,” Castillo said. “Especially for kids, this is something where they can come and have fun, and it’s something good for the family.”
Families danced to live music and children lined up for the inflatable funhouse and dunk tanks provided by NY Party Works.
“This is the best place ever,” said Castillo's son, Marquis. “I just want to sleep here and stay here.”