New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is ushering within the return of the Big Apple after COVID-19 with a Central Park mega-concert
As one of many first international epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic final yr, New York City residents skilled among the earliest and most severe impacts and hardships attributable to the unfold of the virus, with NYC reporting greater than 950,000 circumstances and greater than 33,000 deaths since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic final March.
Thankfully, although, vaccination ranges proceed to rise within the metropolis — a lot in order that constructive circumstances are hitting file lows, and it appears Mayor Bill de Blasio has large plans for Summer 2021. Along with a deliberate 100% reopening by July 1 and metropolis colleges totally in-person for the autumn, de Blasio hopes to carry tourism again to the Big Apple, asserting plans for a mega-concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park to rejoice the town’s reopening, as reported by the New York Times at this time.
The mayor’s workplace is working with music producer Clive Davis (whose clientele listing has included Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston, amongst others) on “The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park,” tentatively scheduled for August 21. So far, no artists have been confirmed, however Davis stated he’s aiming for a lineup of eight “iconic” music acts for the three-hour present, which is able to embrace free tickets for a lot of the 60,000 attendees (and a few VIP tickets on the market), together with a worldwide viewers by way of TV and streaming. There will likely be designated vaccinated and un-vaccinated sections for concertgoers, with 70 % of attendees to be totally vaccinated, per the mayor’s workplace.
Summer concert events in Central Park are a protracted and storied a part of NYC’s historical past, they usually had been, in fact, shuttered final yr because of the pandemic. Mayor de Blasio confirmed not solely plans for the “mega-concert,” but in addition a week-long “Homecoming Week” celebration to assist carry again tourism to the town, which has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
“This concert is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” stated Mayor de Blasio. “It’s going to be an amazing lineup. The whole week is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in New York City.”
Davis, a Brooklyn native, informed the NYT he was “greatly honored” to get a name from Mayor de Blasio three weeks in the past, including, “I can’t think of a better place than the Great Lawn of Central Park to be the place where you say that New York is reopening. There’s a mental attitude that I think we are all looking forward to. That the future is bright and healthy for this country, for the world and for New York City.”
So far, it appears the thought is receiving combined opinions on social media, the place Mayor de Blasio and his insurance policies are regularly met with criticism from residents.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will defend NYPD beating & arresting individuals for being in Washington Square Park handed 10pm & will cite noise complaints from rich residents to justify it.
Then he’ll flip round & arrange a “mega-concert” in Central Park to mark NYC’s “reopening.” https://t.co/CFgPE8W212
— Ash J (@AshAgony) June 7, 2021
This higher be a Beyoncé-level occasion https://t.co/ZN5qfnq9GR
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) June 7, 2021
Too quickly? Too quickly.https://t.co/QB4kmYIQX0
— alana 🐝 (@Adoranble) June 7, 2021
“There would be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at the concert, and that about 70 percent of tickets would go to people who are vaccinated.”
I’m sufficiently old to recollect how nicely “smoking sections” in eating places remoted smoke
(Spoiler: they didn’t) https://t.co/6TRVUIuwfs
— Mark Shrime, MD PhD (@markshrime) June 7, 2021
The metropolis is planning a giant Live Nation-produced live performance in Central Park to rejoice NYC’s “return,” whereas NYPD in riot gear are clearing individuals from Washington Square Park at 10 p.m. for doing the identical factor https://t.co/SEvKn1MZKH
— Tim Donnelly (@timdonnelly) June 7, 2021
Still, it’s a glimmer of hope for brighter days forward each in New York City and elsewhere within the U.S., as we look ahead to a post-COVID return to normalcy. Here’s hoping the occasions deliberate are, the truth is, protected for all who select to attend.