Several musicians played up and down the avenue from Columbia Street to Fourth Avenue, including the young cellists of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Suzuki Kids program, who performed on the sidewalk outside of The Moxie Spot at 81 Atlantic Ave., and Roscoe Taint, who played for passersby outside The Brazen Head at 228 Atlantic Ave.
“This is really an all-day event that is geared toward celebrating the businesses and atmosphere of our BID,” said Ria Ferreria-Hendricks. “We’re hosting live musicians that we have curated as part of the Make Music New York event that’s happening all over the city today. We have encouraged business owners to set up and bring their items out onto the sidewalks, and we are also hosting viewings of the World Cup in several of our bars.”
While the celebration was very kid friendly early on in the day, complete with free face painting and bubble blowing machines, Ferreria-Hendricks said that later in the day it was going to be adult time, with performances and drink specials going late into the night.
Nat Rubin, owner of The Moxie Spot, was happy to have the children of the conservatory perform outside his restaurant, which doubles as a play space, and handed out cookies to all the performers when they were finished with their performance.
“When the BID started asking if any businesses on the street would be interested in hosting performers, we jumped on board right away,” Rubin said. “I was really glad that we were able to find an act that fit our theme, and not something like death metal.”