Farmingdale officials plan to close portions of Main Street to vehicle traffic Friday afternoon and evening, creating a temporary pedestrian plaza.
Though moving cars will not be permitted, hundreds of parked vehicles, including “high-end specialty cars and antique cars,” will be on display to the public as part of a fundraiser for the Farmingdale Fire Department, 2nd Assistant Chief Keith Ryan said Wednesday.
The event will also showcase Farmingdale’s “walkability,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who has been a proponent of transit-oriented projects.
“The whole idea was to increase foot traffic,” he said. “People can see how close Main Street is to the train station, visit merchants who might stay open later, and eat at restaurants that will have increased outdoor dining.”
Main Street in the village’s downtown — between South Front and Conklin streets and between Conklin and Prospect streets — will be off limits to through traffic between 4 and 11 p.m., village officials said. Conklin Street is to remain open, they said.
The car event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and is free the public, Ryan said. Money will be raised through entry fees for the owners of the cars on display, he said. “It’s good for a Friday night,” he said. “People can come hang out and walk down Main Street.”
Above: A view of downtown Farmingdale, which boasts more than 125 stores and dozens of restaurants. It is also the location of the village's post office, Village Hall and several banks. (July 5, 2011)