Polish Festival Brings Big Crowds
The inaugural festival was full of free attractions for children; face painting, bounce castles, a petting zoo, slides, a rock climbing wall brought in by the 100th Precinct Community Council, crafts for kids, live music and plenty of pierogi.
Guests enjoyed children’s performances by Wianek Polish Folk Dance Troupe; Mrs. Elaine’s Dance School; the Stanislaw Moniuszko Polish School from Rockaway Beach showcased their talented pupils; and World Champion’s Karate showed off with a martial arts demonstration.
“The event went off without a hitch”, said Krzysztof Sadlej, the executive director of the Beach 116th Street Partnership. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the 100th Precinct. The NYPD did a stellar job keeping the festival clean and safe for all of our guests.”
The event was attended by the Vice Consul from the office of the General Consul of the Republic of Poland in New York, Alicja Tunk. The support of the General Consulate and Community Board 14 were instrumental in getting the event off the ground.
The Beach 116th Street Partnership hopes that this inaugural festival is the first of many more events to come, serving the community and bringing more guests to Beach 116th Street.
“Many of the visitors the day of the festival were from other communities: Greenpoint, Ridgewood and even New Jersey and Connecticut. All of them were welcomed and many were seeing our wonderful community for the first time,” said festival director, Mark Mina.