What makes a community?...The historic markings? The newsworthy events? The people? In an era where technology has pulled us away from the heart and soul of what makes us; members of the community, a close-knit strong front, is the disconnect from those authentic genuine relationships built through support and face-to-face interactions. 
 
This past Saturday on June 4th, the Throggs Neck community came together for the Annual "Throggs Neck Sidewalk Fair" down East Tremont Avenue. The Throggs Neck Merchant Association (TNMA) put together this family friendly and festive event that was filled with fun for all ages that had bounce houses, rock walls, face painting, food, music, great laughs, and great company. 

Throggs Neck Merchant Association 2016 Street Fair photo by Richard Rosario PhotographyThe street fair wasn't just filled with goodies for the kiddies but sweet treats for the parents as well. For example, I set up my photography booth set up for Free digital photos for families to receive through email along with other mom & pop local shops that were set up outside of their establishments handing out Free products and services to the community. I saw some old friends and made some new ones, but man it was real cool to see so many members of my community come together and support one another, it made me proud of my home, where I come from, proud of my neighbors, proud my community.

The great thing about people is the progressions we make as a whole and as individuals when we come together. We can take this small almost impossible matter and evolve it into something far greater than ourselves and that is the true beauty in what makes a community.

I love giving back to my community and as a member of the TNMA, it allows me the opportunity to do so and connect with other local businesses as well. You know, you are only as strong as the success of your surroundings, when those around you strive, it only leaves open doors and windows for you to follow suit and guide along the way. It's noted that people tend to prefer to support local merchants over big box stores, local merchants are, after all, a part of the communities historic markings that creates that authentic genuine atmosphere that builds those likewise relationships. So whatever neighborhood you live in or come from, support your local merchants and grow a stronger community. Don't forget...

Be supportive, Be neighborly, Be YOU!