Pedestrian-only zone returns to Main Street Manasquan

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Pedestrian-only nights on Main Street in downtown Manasquan have been a big hit with local restaurants, shops and their customers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — The borough revived its Main Street Pedestrian Zone last month to give an extra boost to businesses and provide a safe space for residents and visitors to shop and dine outdoors.

With summer approaching, the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce has also announced plans to bring music and entertainment to the pedestrian zone hours.

Chamber President Frank Calabrese said the goal of the events is “to create more excitement for the community and more reason to come to Main Street during the pedestrian opening.

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“We wanted to come up with some other activities and things to do to attract different age groups,” he said, adding that while visitors hang out on Main Street they can also shop and grab a bite to eat.

He said the events will be spread out along the entirety of Main Street to hopefully bring more exposure to the stores and opportunities to create sales.

Main Street [from South Street to Route 71] will be closed to motor traffic and open to foot traffic every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. through Sept. 2.

The chamber has scheduled several “Meet Me on Main Street” events during the street closures scheduled to run through September, beginning with the first car show on Thursday, May 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Three additional car shows are slated for Wednesdays June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.

The chamber will also host a concert series in conjunction with the Algonquin Arts Theatre starting at the end of June. Weekly concerts will take place every Wednesday through Sept. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first concert is scheduled for June 30.

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