The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is celebrating the end of summer with a 90s hip-hop party, street dance battle ad live art installation on Friday, August 23 in the Myrtle Avenue Plaza.

The event marks the end of the Myrtle Avenue Summer Series which featured lunchtime concerts, fitness classes and kids activities in the plaza, but also aims to bring awareness to the Partnership’s “Hate Has No Business Here” campaign. The initiative was launched in 2017 by local wine shop owner Amanda Neville to combat narratives that purport racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny, especially as they impact the small business community.

According to the Partnership, nearly 60 percent of local businesses in the district represented by the Partnership were founded by immigrants or are currently immigrant-owned. Friday’s end-of-summer bash will celebrate the contributions of the area’s immigrant community.

“We’ve had a great turnout at our monthly dance parties this summer and decided to make our final dance party a special celebration to reinforce our message that ‘Hate Has No Business Here,’” said Chad Purkey, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership executive director. “Considering the recent events that have taken place in this country, we believe it’s important to come together to celebrate the diversity in our community, especially our merchants.”

Myrtle Avenue Plaza. Photo credit: Samuel Stuart for MARP

The free family event will feature Brooklyn DJ Zaki, a street dance battle performed by It’s Showtime NYC! and a special live art installation by street artist Anthony Cappetto, who has gained international acclaim for his 3-D mural art. And because no party is complete without food, local restaurants will provide free snacks.

Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s 90s Hip-Hop Dance Party

When: Friday, August 23, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Myrtle Avenue Plaza, between Steuben Street and Emerson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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