If Lark Street is our Greenwich Village, then it’s fair to say that Delaware Avenue is our Williamsburg. Come and see for yourself on July 7 (Saturday) when the Delaware Avenue merchants group and neighborhood association hold their third annual Delaware Avenue Street Fair and Community Garage Sale. Among the new (and very favorably received) members of this sidewalk cornucopia are All Good Bakers, Mingle, and Organica, while such neighborhood staples as Carosello Bakery (corner of Hurlbut Street) and the pizzaria and fish fry (intersection of McAlpirn Street) have been festively spiffed up by new ownership.
You don’t want to miss the sidewalk table by New World Bistro Bar, which will serve some of its signature dishes—as will many other restaurants and eateries, including sweets shop Emack & Bolio’s, which has front-lawn seating. And where else can you discard your noshing containers in artist-painted trashcans?
“It’s unique because it’s a strolling fair,” says organizer David Lolit. “This street was built for pedestrians. It gives people a chance to experience businesses they may not know about, to find new things, and to have fun and socialize.” What that also means is that you won’t have to navigate beer-fueled mobs and overamped stage acts (sorry, Moby).
The fair’s neighborhood-wide flea market encompasses more than 50 households offering used goods in every imaginable category: Call it Hardcore Lawn. Garage and yard sale maps are available at the neighborhood association’s booth in front of the Baptist church (at 405), though some market warriors may want to go off the grid, as it’s expected that uncharted side streets will be hosting their own (re)sales. If you’ve got little ones in tow, you may also want to check out Itty Bitty Trends, a kid’s-stuff thrift store.
Aside from treasure hunting, the fair is presenting a mile-long bounty of free entertainment, art shows, and activities (and smoothies and popcorn).
The musical lineup ranges from singer-strummers Erin Harkes, MotherJudge, Michael Eck, and Dennis Holmes, to hip-hop, folk-rock, soul-pop, and string bands, along with strolling performances from marionettes to magic—Jeffrey Jene will present classic street magic with new “sleight-of-hand illusions.”
New this year is the inclusion of Albany Public Library’s Summer Fest for children, offering reading games with prizes and many other kids’ activities in back of the Delaware Branch (at 331) from 1 to 3 PM. The avenue’s defining structure, the historic Delaware Avenue Fire House, will offer free glucose and blood-pressure screenings from 10 AM to 2 PM.
The Delaware Avenue Street Fair and Community Garage Sale, Albany (from Andy’s Deli at 256 to Mingle at 544), will be held Saturday (July 7), 9 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine. Call 427-1814 for more info.