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Festive bazaar showcases Arab-american culture

The sumptuous flavors of a rich heritage – complete with a whirling dervish, pulsating music and henna tattoos – drew curious visitors like bees to a honey pot to Shore Road Park where the sprawling green played host to the annual Arab-American Bazaar.

Mom, dad and the kids enjoyed a day of exciting sights, sounds and aromas as vendors, strolling performers and traditional foods transformed the park at 79th Street into an outdoor souk.

Revelers savored traditional Middle Eastern delicacies, beat the heat with Arab-style ice cream and culled their fun side at the many arts and crafts tables lining the emerald empire.

The bazaar – coordinated by the Arab American Association of New York and the Arab Muslim Federation – was part of American Heritage Week festivities across the city and “an event where we could celebrate who we are as Arabs and invite our neighbors to share the richness of our heritage, and what we have to offer to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and New York City as a whole,” said the Association’s acting director, Linda Sarsour.

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