Updated: November 28, 2022
Weather: Blue skies with sunshine and a high near 80. Temperatures will climb a few degrees higher this weekend.
Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sept. 30 (Rosh Hashana).
What better way to end a New York summer than with some block parties?
Or at least a story about them.
My colleague Sandra E. Garcia did just that with this piece celebrating the New York City block party. She and 20 photographers captured the sights, sounds and smells of 65 block parties across the five boroughs. (Their work will also be featured in a special print section in Sunday’s paper.)
“There are very few backyards in the city, so to avoid walking up flights, a steamy basement or balmy bedrooms, we hug the block,” wrote Ms. Garcia, a native New Yorker born in Harlem.
“New Yorkers set out on their streets with lawn chairs, pools, bouncy castles and tables full of food, to enjoy the summer together. Throughout the day there is a cacophony of familiar music, the laughter of children playing and the sizzling sound of meat on a grill. No cars are allowed.”
The tradition goes back as far as the 1860s. In 1923, The Times described the celebrations as an “integral part of New York’s life,” with “boys and girls, and oldsters, too, dancing on the asphalt.”
It seems like not much has changed.
“Block parties are a way the majority of New Yorkers that don’t go to the Hamptons every weekend in the summer let off some steam and foster community,” Ms. Garcia told me. “I hope readers got to see a part of New York that is not on ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Girls.’ I hope they got to feel what real New York is like.”
According to data from the city, 1,311 permitted block parties took place this year between June 1 and Sept. 1, with 721 in Brooklyn alone.
At rare times, the parties have been marred by violence. But overwhelmingly they are a way for New Yorkers to revel in the city’s rich culture and wide diversity.
“The thing is, come out, give love to your neighbor,” Leroy Williams, a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, told The Times. “Everyone you meet, give love.”
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What we’re reading
Eight-six percent of Brooklynites arraigned on criminal charges during the first six months of 2019 were people of color. [Brooklyn Eagle]
An 89-year-old in Manhattan was robbed of $5,000 in cash she had saved for her late husband’s tombstone, the police said. [NY1]
Up for a dip in the East River? New York City has floated the idea of a pool there. [Wall Street Journal]
Coming up this weekend
At Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, see work from hundreds of exhibitors and celebrate the art publishing community, at MoMA PS1 in Queens. 1-7 p.m. [Free]
Dance it out at the End of the Summer Silent Disco on the American Veterans Memorial Pier in Brooklyn. 6 p.m. [Free]
Eat, dance and listen to music at the Viva la Comida festival on 82nd Street in Queens. Noon-7 p.m. [Free]
Our Future Festival N.Y.C. includes workshops, art, performances and discussions on climate change at Nolan Park on Governors Island. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. [Free]
Enjoy a Senegalese Sabar dance class with live music, followed by a screening of the film “Hyenas,” at Craft House in Staten Island. 7 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]
The Staten Island Mall hosts Foodstock, a fall food truck festival. 1-10 p.m. [$5]
Listen to jazz at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 12:30 p.m. [Free]
— Melissa Guerrero and Julia Carmel
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.
And finally: ‘Easy Rider’ on a flying LED screen
Peter Fonda and his 1969 film “Easy Rider” are getting a high-flying celebration at Radio City Music Hall.
In part to honor the legacy of Mr. Fonda, who died last month at age 79, Radio City is screening the counterculture classic tonight at 8 on what is being billed as “the world’s largest indoor flying LED screen.”
The film, in which Mr. Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s characters embark on a soul-searching trek across America, was described 50 years ago by The Times’s Vincent Canby as a piece with “continuously compelling” elements that “dazzle the senses, if not the mind.”
Tonight’s event will have a live soundtrack and include performances by John Kay of Steppenwolf and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.
“We are all still healing from Peter’s sudden passing,” Margaret DeVogelaere, Mr. Fonda’s widow, said in a statement, “but he would insist that the message of ‘Easy Rider’ and the culture for which it stands carry on.”
It’s Friday — take it easy.
Metropolitan Diary: On your mark
Walking east on 44th Street, I came alongside an older man who looked to be in his 80s. He was inching along, helped by a cane that he placed tentatively in front of him with each step.
Walking toward us was an older man who appeared to be about the same age, picking his way west with a cane of his own. He had a trace of a smile on his lips.
As our paths crossed, he turned toward the older man I was about to overtake.
“Wanna race?” he said.
— Thomas Trowbridge
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