weather: Today mixed clouds and sunshine with sporadic showers and high temperatures in the mid 70s. It’s the same on weekends.
optional side parking: Effective till 19th June (June).
Bright flashes, at times, fill neighborhood streets and skies from late afternoon to hours before dawn.
Fireworks, a deeply entrenched tradition of New York City streets, garnered more attention than last year: the bangs and fizzles served as a release for some after months of solitude during the pandemic, but murmurs over them. increased.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that a fireworks task force that includes several local agencies will (again) work to limit illegal pyrotechnic movement in the city – with a focus on vendors.
“There’s a real problem with the wrong kind of fireworks,” he said, referring to a 3-year-old boy who was injured last June when an illegal firework was set off near the window of the boy’s apartment in the Bronx.
Here are some things to know:
Complaints increased last year
It is illegal to buy, sell, or light fireworks in New York, but they have been common throughout the long summer, especially in working-class neighborhoods and around the 4th of July.
Last summer, coronavirus cases began to drop for the first time in the city. And amid a wave of protests following the killing of George Floyd, some New Yorkers said firecrackers to loud explosions – served as a celebration of relief from the monotony and a show of defiance to police.
The opening of firecrackers had started earlier than usual in the season. And with them came complaints: In the first half of June, the city’s 311 system received 80 times more complaints than it did in the same period of 2019.
Vigorous summer nights are back, but they can be tamer.
The city’s reopening and isolated place in the pandemic do not make it clear whether there will be a similar burst of energy around the fireworks display this year. And vendors across the country and in the region are facing supply shortages for fireworks, which could limit their attendance.
Still social mediamilf new yorker across town recently shared that boom is back some evenings. While complaints have spiked again long before the 4th of July, the totals are much lower than in the loudest weeks of 2020.
And in other fireworks news…
Another (and for some, more welcome) pyrotechnics show takes place on the East River on July 4: Macy’s annual fireworks display. It will return to its full, grand scale this year after changes last year, the mayor said this week.
And Finally: Your Social Weekend
Melissa Guerrero of The Times writes:
While people are still connecting through virtual events and events, as the summer season approaches and more people are getting vaccinated, places and organizations are organizing events in person. Here are tips for keeping up with New York’s social life this weekend:
In person: Spring Zine Fair
On Saturday at 11 amVisit St. Mark’s Place between First and Second Avenues for a zine fair with exhibits, poetry readings, composting workshops, demonstrations, and more.
For more information, visit the event page.
In person: ‘Our Asian community is secure in the future’ mural
Celebrate the unveiling of a mural by artist and film director Jess X. snow on saturday at 4 pm Enjoy an afternoon of music, poetry and performances, with a lineup of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and activists at 11 Mosco Street.
Register for free on the event page. Donations welcome.
Virtual: The Bizarre History of Greenwich Village
On Saturday night at 8Join scholar and author Andrew Lear for an online tour of the West Village to learn about the neighborhood’s roots in New York City’s quirky history.
Buy tickets ($20) on the event page.
It’s Friday – time to celebrate.
The Metropolitan Diary: Out and In
My husband decided that now we will not park our car in the garage and will not pay the monthly fee but will park it on the street. By us, of course, he meant me.
At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom with a young child and the other way around. Roughly every day, I would get up, pick up my baby and drive. Most days, I would spend over an hour waiting on the street for the sweeper to arrive.
As time went on, I made some parking buddies on the block. It was a tight-knit group, and if strangers came along and tried to grab them, we’d guard each other’s spots, and make sure the parked cars had enough room for others.
My husband decided to run away with me on my alternate road one morning. As we got into the car and I shook hands at familiar faces, he was introduced to a new part of my life.
When the street sweeper appeared, he told me to drive around the block.
“Are you mad?” I pounced on him. “I’ll never find a place again.”
At that moment, he turned and saw a line of cars behind me, as if a rolling ocean wave or a baseball was falling completely into a well-oiled mitt, making way for a sweeper on the street. Pulling out for and then blank spots behind them.
“You do this every day?” My husband asked.
“No, I said. “Not Wednesday, snow days or legal holidays.”
— Leora Lambert
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