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Sunnyside hopped and bopped

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:30 am

Nearly 1,000 people attended the annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert under the Sunnyside arch on Aug. 3.

Despite rain in the earlier part of the day, the skies cleared up and the dancers and musicians transformed 46th Street into a 1920s celebration, complete with flapper dresses, Lindy Hop dancers and crank-operated phonographs playing 78s, all in honor of Beiderbecke, an influential jazz musician who lived in Sunnyside.

This year’s concert featured a vintage 1920s theme and a lineup of jazz musicians including MAC and Mike aka the Antique DJs, Svetlana and the Delancey Five, the Sunnyside Drum Corps, Smidge Malone & Matt Dallow and the Sunnyside Wolverines.

A dance floor was set up in the street, and the day included a free photo booth and a 1920s costume contest.

The event was a part of the city Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program, which creates temporary pedestrian streets at 23 sites in all five boroughs.

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