Making Connections on 3rd Ave.

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

The 3rd Avenue Festival returned October 3 after a year off for its 48th run on 25 blocks of Bay Ridge, including the block of Bay Ridge Connects, our storefront for programs and the Connect-to-Vaccine project. (See photos below.) Both Connects and Connect-to-Vaccine had tables in front of the storefront, and, through the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) our staff was able to arrange a Covid-19 Vaccine tent with medical staff to administer free vaccinations too. Interested individuals could get either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

At least 22 people got vaccinated, and many stopped by the Connect-to-Vaccine table. One man came by the table with questions about getting vaccinated. He said that he had stopped in a pharmacy some days earlier with his questions, but found the staff very unhelpful and decided he would not get vaccinated. After talking with our Connect-to-Vaccine staff Katarina Bartel and volunteer Ashley Ball, he said they were so kind and helpful that he would go get vaccinated. And he did!

Many others asked for help downloading NY State's Excelsior App, so that they could show proof-of-vaccine on their smartphones.

We are very grateful for the set-up team, provider team, and Department for the Aging who made the pop-up vaccine site possible.

NORC Director Yifan Xue and interns Luke Li and Cami Smith staffed a table for Bay Ridge Connects. They handed out lots of flyers and talked to many passers by about Connects programs. They also had on display many handmade works from previous classes, such as painted rocks and Christmas decoration.

It was a great day. We're proud to be part of the Bay Ridge and 3rd Avenue communities! Contact Bay Ridge Connects and Connect-to-Vaccine at 718-333-5782 or stop by 7609 Third Avenue Monday through Friday during business hours.

(Click on the photos for a larger view.)

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