It’s still winter, but leaders of a leading business organization in Bay Ridge are thinking ahead to the summer.
The Merchants of Third Avenue organization cleared a major hurdle in its effort to introduce a summer stroll program on the avenue this summer when Community Board 10 voted to approve the business group’s proposal on Monday.
The vote took place at the community board’s monthly meeting.
Under the proposal, which the Merchants group is calling “Summer Stroll On 3rd,” an eight-block stretch of Third Avenue, from 81st Street to 89th Street, will be turned into a Venice-style piazza on four Friday nights – two in July and two in August.
Cars will be banned from the eight-block zone on these nights.
Visitors will be entertained by barbershop quartets, opera singers, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and other events designed to show off Bay Ridge’s arts community, Merchants leaders said.
The business group will now present its plan to the New York City Department of Transportation.
“We’re very pleased the community board voted to support our plan,” Merchants Executive Secretary Charles Otey said. “We got a lot of positive feedback.”
The proposal also has the support of state Sen. Marty Golden and Councilman Vincent Gentile.