Ridgewood’s four-day Italian street
festival gets the green light from CB 5
several other local groups they funded.
The organization also promised
to open a community assistance office
for Italian-Americans on Myrtle
In the end, the festival passed the
general board vote 16-11, with a large
contingent of the board members who
reside in Ridgewood voting against it.
The mayor’s office will make the final
decision on whether or not to honor
the CB5’s decision.
Reach reporter Max Parrott by email
or by phone at (718) 260-2507.
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BY MAX PARROTT
After the Fresh Pond Road Street
Festival was the only one not to immediately
be approved at Community
Board 5 of five street festival applications
this year, the celebration of Italian
American heritage finally got the
green light at the board’s meeting on
The street fair, managed by Federazione
Italo-Americana di Brooklyn
and Queens since 1995, was restored to
its full four-day span last year after reducing
its length for several years. But
the increase in length raised concerns
over traffic congestion from shutting
down a five-block stretch of the neighborhood
thoroughfare for four days.
This concern – along with some
missing paperwork – gave the board
pause. In response, its organizer Tony
DiPiazza, suggested that the resistance
that he was encountering had a basis
in the ethnic character of celebration.
“The objection to our street festival
was always traffic congestion. Yet the
other festivals, without naming them,
they create havoc in their community.
At the Italian street festival – we have
Forest Avenue, 60th Place – and yet
there’s objection,” DiPiazza said in addressing
the board before the vote.
What the board’s executive committee
said at their February meeting was
that the festival’s organizers did not
submit all the requisite financial information.
For this reason, the application
ended up being tabled in February
so it could go back to the committee.
The festival will run from Thursday,
Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 6, on
Fresh Pond Road between Woodbine
and Menahan streets. It will go from
5:30 to 10 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday
and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
“They’ve run it without problems,
without police issues or calls to the
community board. There are two
ways to get up and down Forest Ave..
They’ve run it four dozens of years and
they’ve given back to the community.
It’s a wonderful festival,” said CB5
member Walter Sanchez.
After the executive committee
tabled its recommendation at last
month’s hearing and examined the organization’s
financial documents, they
were evenly split for and against the
DiPiazza explained to the board
that the festival made profits of
$28,000 of which it gave $1,000 each
to five community groups as well as
The Fresh Pond Road Street Festival recently passed Community Board 5.
Photo courtesy of theFederazione Italo-Americana Di Brooklyn and Queens