Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday: Bastille Day Street Fair In Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

The nabe next to Brooklyn Heights is beautiful Cobble Hill, whose Smith Street is lined with local eateries, cool retailers and retro-looking signage. Sunday I had brunch at fave Cafe Lulu with longtime pal Alex Z., who was visiting from Washington.

We ended up in the midst of the annual Bastille Day street fair, which, in France, of course, is their celebration of independence day. Apparently, neighboring Carroll Gardens has a big French population, thanks to the French immersion program at nearby PS 58 Elementary School. Oh, Oui.  (Photos as noted from McBrooklyn & Dan Nguyen)

North America’s largest pétanque tournament, with more than 80 teams, was set up in the middle of Smith Street. Pétanque is a French version of bocce, played on a sand court with metallic boules.
Further down Smith Street, appreciable signage that has survived the ages.