Northside Festival 2012 took the art to the streets and turned Bedford Avenue into a quaint, wine sipping, Euro Cup viewing, art splashing, book lending, bride and groom strolling, grass laden street, along with a gypsy band, sweet puppies and a synth pop trio in tow, on June 16th, 2012. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, or conveniently, NAG, joined with Hypoallergenic and L Magazine’s Northside Festival to create the added experience of Northside Art, a more art-centric, hands-on version of the annual car-free on Bedford Ave. “Williamsburg Walks”, on the block nestled in between N. 8th and N. 9th.
Here’s a puppet show conversation we overheard on that artistic afternoon:
M. Zabatarie-Pirate: I want to talk about how this iteration of Williamsburg Walks makes Bedford Avenue European because as everyone knows, consuming pleasant beverages on the sidewalk outside of a café or pub is a concept wholly owned by Europeans. It makes Bedford Avenue feel downright Parisian, as if it were in the Arrondisement de Merde.
Mme. Merenchanté: Mais oui, ou dans l’Avenue des Condos Plastiques!
M. Zabatarie-Pirate: Hahaha, yes, yes.
Photos by Zabatay and Madeline Virbasius