One young girl manned lemonade stand, selling glasses for $2 each. When people found out that the money was going to fund programs that had been dropped from P.S. 38 because of budget cuts, many bought a lemonade and some even bought a $2 bag of popcorn to go with it.
A crowd formed around one area of the street festival in particular. John Conn, a native of the Bronx, first set up a stand to sell images and photos of old New York at the festival four years ago and keeps coming back.
“It's New York, it's Brooklyn and Brooklyn is New York,” he said.
A few blocks away, Councilman Steve Levin was handing out bicycle helmets - about 920 of them – with the help of the Department of Transportation.
“We want to make sure that we promote safe cycling, and one important way to do that is to promote helmets,” Levin said. “Now every-time I see somebody with one of the DOT style helmets, you say hey that's a really great use of public resources.”