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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:38 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2019.

Jamaica Avenue rocked to the sound of squealing kids and a live band last Saturday at the Woodhaven Business Improvement Districts’s very first Weekend Walk street fair.

The neighborhood business group arranged to close off four blocks under the el between 85th and 89th streets to allow restaurants, pizza places, stores, bike shops and community groups to set up tables on the streets — not to mention a whole block of bouncy activities and rides.

Clockwise from left, car traffic and buses were rerouted around Jamaica Avenue to open the street to foot and bike traffic.

An officer from the 102nd Precinct shares her water with a passing pooch. The temperatures for the day crept into the 80s.

Not everyone thought taking a ride on the gondola swing dubbed the Black Pearl was such a good idea after all.

The walk’s organizer was Raquel Olivares, center right, executive director of the Woodhaven BID, with help from colleague Lisa Komninos, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, sponsors of the long-running Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair in October.

Weekend Walks, which are fairly new to Queens, are intended to promote local businesses.

— Michael Shain

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