Mt. Vernon was already under construction, then the sinkholes came. While incidents like April’s collapse of Centre St. are costly to the city and an overall sign of aging infrastructure, there’s also a more immediate effect on local businesses.
With the Centre St. and pedestrian walkways closed for months, the Downtown Partnership says it’s been hard on Trinacria Cafe and Mt. Vernon Marketplace, the latter of which just opened last year. Construction in the area has choked off the street, and even the sidewalks are blocked in some spots. Another sinkhole opened up just blocks away at Greene and Paca Sts. over 4th of July weekend. Construction is still progressing. But now that August is here, it’s time to reclaim the block.
Parkfest is set to unfold Saturday, August 13, at the Mt. Vernon Marketplace. The free, 12-8 p.m. event doubles as a big celebration of local food and culture, and a chance to show support for the businesses near Park Ave. and Centre St. More than 40 local vendors will be onhand, as well as music from Caleb Stine & the Brakemen, DJ Palombo Vacanthaus, the Jordan August Band and Landis Expandis.
Check out the full vendor list.
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