Updated: May 7
For the first time ever, 5th Ave is brightly decorated on all 20 blocks with Ramadan lighting. Check out CBSNY News coverage for some wonderful videography showing the Ave aglow.
The BID has also partnered with the Arab American Association of NY and Balady to provide youths with art supplies and a space to create Ramadan inspired storefront artwork. AAANY’s youth programming and services engage youth to participate in their local communities as well as community advocacy for human rights.
Photos courtesy of Arab American Association of NY
This year the BID collaborated with the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and the Bay Ridge Community Development Center to present Ramadan Craft Day for children at the Mosque. BID staff and volunteers worked with 80 children to paint paper lanterns, Ramadan cards, stencil art, and coloring.
Numerous businesses and organizations have been active this Ramadan season partaking in the spirit of giving, by providing the community with free food and filling food pantries for those in need during these challenging times. Check out this feature on News12 highlighting in-person prayers at the mosque, 5th Ave's Ramadan lights, and giving back during the Ramadan season.
Let's give a shout out to just a few of the many local organizations and businesses who are the heart and soul of the community and have worked tirelessly this Ramadan to keep Bay Ridge strong: Arab American Association of New York, Balady, Bay Ridge Community Development Center, Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, Muslims Giving Back, Yemen Cafe, Yemeni American Merchants Association. We would also like to thank sponsors who made the Ramadan lights possible this year: Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Justin Brannan, Balady Market, and Investors Bank. Here are some highlights from social media: