The 18th Avenue Feast Is On For 2012!

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The good news can be heard ’round the hood: The Festa di Santa Rosalia, or 18th Avenue Feast, is back on for this year!

The city approved the permits for the feast to run from August 24 to September 3. It will take place on 18th Avenue, between 67th to 75th.

“It’s happening,” said Carcione Damiano, President of the Santa Rosalia Society to the Brooklyn Daily. “It’s done already. All the paperwork with the city is approved.”

The group has begun to gather vendors, and by all accounts, seasoned merchants from the past are coming back.

However, for residents, the wounds from the previous years’ last-minute feast cancellation are still fresh. After almost 30 years of zeppolis, powdered sugar and music to revel in the few remaining summer nights, organizers suddenly put an end to the beloved event.

The reasons behind the decision were never made clear. Organizers claim that the city didn’t act quickly enough to approve permits, while the city said that the permits filed were only temporary.

“I looked forward to it every year. I love seeing everyone come out and party,” said Belle R., a Bath Beach resident. “It was confusing last year, and even this year, it’s like literally last minute again. I really hope they don’t cancel it again.”

Looks like the biggest question of the 2012 summer has finally been answered. Now let the festivities begin!

  • Kool4Coney

    fresh made Zeppoles YUM! can’t wait

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  • Linda

    Who is this good news for? Not those of us who live in the neighborhood who have to deal with the smells, the greasy streets, the litter and the drunks.

    • LVladimirova

      Linda, this is a valuable perspective. Why don’t you email me LVladimirova@BensonhurstBean.com with your observations. I’d love to hear what the Feast is like for residents of the area!

  • Vinny

    They have not put any garbage cans On 18th & 65 from CVS all the way up to 75st
    I called 311 and I was told that community Borad 11 didnt wan tto replace the garbage cans.When the feast is in progress the residents on 67 st between 17 & 18 Aves..Should get parking suspension privilges for alternate side parking during this time.As it becomes difficult to move your car.