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Jul 6, 2011 09:19 AM

Mela in Neerob's neighborhood

Sunday, June 10, 2011, 11:00-5:00
Waterbury Ave. between Havemeyer and Zerega Aves., Parkchester, Bronx

Last year a "Bangladeshi block party" was held in July on Starling Ave., home to Neerob and several other Bangladeshi businesses; I wasn't able to stop by. This year's festival, even closer to the subway, is labeled a Boishakhee mela -- a New Year festival -- which in Bangladesh would take place in mid-April. Perhaps, as with the Burmese water festival, which in Manhattan isn't held until hot weather arrives, climatic conditions are important to the spirit of the event. Some like it hot.

I know nothing about the participants or the food, but this seems a promising occasion to take a flyer.

2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this!

    1. Thanks, Dave! I was just Googling around to try to find more info on this. I'll add to our calendar for our readers (with a credit to you for the tip off).

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      1. re: CitySpoonful

        > I'll add to our calendar for our readers

        Or, even better, just link Dave's own calendar ( ), well known around here as an invaluable resource.

        1. re: squid kun

          Good point -- I added a direct link to Dave's calendar for "more info."

      2. I'll be there for sure.

        1. Did anyone check this out, in the end? Any interesting or particularly good foods? Very curious.

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          1. re: CitySpoonful

            I tweeted my findings, a blank, early on, so followers could make fuller use of their afternoons. For my part, the best I came up with -- apart from two blended helados at the Salsa Street Party, back in East Harlem -- was a source for camel meat.

            1. re: DaveCook

              Until now, I was pissed that I couldnt get there. Spent a great afternoon in Williamsburg at the annual Giglio event instead.