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Kites Take Flight at Port Authority Bus Terminal

By DNAinfo Staff on September 18, 2011 9:35pm

By Meghan Keneally

Special to DNAinfo

MIDTOWN — Kids took to the skies above the Port Authority Bus Terminal Sunday afternoon — brightening up the drab depot with dozens of colorful kites on a sun-drenched late summer afternoon.

More than 500 people attended the seventh annual Kite Flight event, sponsored by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Children were given free kites and let loose on the roof of the  building on 8th Avenue and 40th Street.

“I hadn’t heard of the event before, but when we saw an ad for it...I knew we should come!” said Judith Schoolman, who attended with her son Andre, 11.

Jugglers, face painters, yoga specialists and unicyclists were also on hand to entertain the families during the three-hour event.

There was also plenty of food including Sno Cones and hot dogs as well as bicycles that blended fruit smoothies using the energy from the pedals.

“Every year it gets better and better,” said Timothy Bellavia, who was helping pass out food and kite tokens.

The skies were clear as kids ran around. Collisions, both between kites and kids, were common but that didn’t seem to damper the merriment.

“I remember flying kites when I was a kid so when I saw about this I knew I would take them,” said Sandra Barber, who brought her grandchildren to the event.