Walking down Fifth Avenue in Park Slope last night I was charmed by a street-side performance of Girl From Ipanema, by a duo wearing Brooklyn Conservatory of Music t-shirts. “How lovely,” I thought as the mellifluous sounds wafted into the night air. Two blocks later, an upright bass and more music. A sax solo across the street and a quartet off in the distance. I learned that this intermittent musical melange, Music in the Streets, a program of the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District extended from Dean Street all the way to 18th Street.
The accomplished musicians, all faculty members of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music are lending their talents in an effort to bolster sales in the shops and eateries of the BID. It was a wonderful “surprise” as I went about my business on a beautiful fall evening and I encourage anyone who can make the stroll on October 29 to do just that — from 6:30 to 8pm, get your shop on, treat your belly to a great meal and your ears to an eclectic mix of genres from Balkan flute to New Orleans jazz.
As I was sans camera, I was unable to photo-document the lyric loveliness. But this evocative photo from Jill on the cool photo blog For the Love of Brooklyn is actually a stretch of Fifth Avenue.