Brooklyn Moment #12 Ambling the Antic

On October 4th the fall fun fest known as Atlantic Antic was for the 35th year, bustling with activity along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street near the Waterfront.  It, like many of Brooklyn’s outdoor festivals becomes a reunion of sorts, where friends and family stroll the avenue in search of a great vintage find, a cool mixtape, artisanal jewelry, adult libation and kid-friendly nosh. Happily I come across friend upon friend and year after year the mainstays trot out their wares. There is something wonderfully comforting in knowing this to be true, yet I am always on the lookout for what’s new.  The convergence of the familiar with fresh discoveries once again made for a beautiful Brooklyn Sunday.


What’s an outdoor festival without street food…


good friends… (the beautiful Theresa, Richard and the kids)


great music… (the illest impromptu party in front of DVR Salon on Bond)


and if it’s in Brooklyn, mad BK love?  (

Bespectacled girl that I am, I was overjoyed to stumble upon the array of repurposed sunglasses of YakBlak. This fly duo restores deadstock frames and makes them available at affordable prices.   Just yards away, beauty industry exec, Tami Brooks held court with Tam Aura, her line of sterling jewelry with modern accents of wood and concrete.  Continuing the urban materials theme, Alive Structures produces papercrates made from recycled shredded paper and mixed with cement. Hand-made by local artisans in New York, each planter is uniquely designed using succulents, saxifrages, and alpine flowers. 


YakBlak with some of their “vintage sunnies.”

Working with exotic woods such as Wenge and Zebrawood, Tami crafts beautiful laser-cut pendants and earrings.


Committed environmentalist, Marni Horwitz of Alive Structures with an assortment of planters.

This stretch of Atlantic Avenue, flanked by bars on either end has long been home to purveyors of antiques and collectibles.


Go-Go girls dance before the Last Exit Bar.


Collectibles from Vintage Signage (left) and City Foundry (right)

The nearby New York Transit Museum creates an outdoor display of vintage New York City Transit buses each year at the Antic.


This 1938 GM double-decker model was nicknamed the “Queen Mary” due to its resemblance to the famed ocean liner. It was the first diesel bus used in NYC and the last of the fleet was in service until April 1953.


This 1948 model is among the first 40-foot buses designed specifically for New York City and features a double-wide front door to expedite loading and unloading.  It is nicknamed the “Jackie Gleason Bus,” after the comedian who as Ralph Kramden, drove a similar model on TV’s, “The Honeymooners.” It was in service until 1966.


The 1958 model ushered in the era of the two-tone color scheme, push-type exit door and fiberglass rather than upholstered seating.


In route advertising of yore.  Note the pull string just below to alert the bus driver make a stop.


An unretouched blue sky, the perfect end to a sublime weather day.


One Response

  1. Thanks for reminding us how GREAT Brooklyn is! Wonderful post.

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