De Blasio enlists Clive Davis to schedule a free ‘homecoming’ concert in Central Park on August 21 – as he tries to revive dying NYC tourism amid rising crime
- De Blasio announced the concert on Monday – it will take place on August 21
- About 60,000 people are expected and most tickets are free
- There will be separate sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- De Blasio has asked Clive Davis, the legendary music producer, to plan it
- No stars have signed up yet, but de Blasio wants eight involved
NYC is planning a mega concert in Central Park to celebrate its reopening after COVID-19 and in an effort to turn the city back into an attractive vacation destination amid a mounting crime problem and lack of tourists.
The concert was announced by Bill de Blasio. It is scheduled for August 21 and will take place on the Great Lawn in Central Park.
There will be sections for vaccinated people and unvaccinated people, most tickets are free, but some VIP packages are available for purchase.
De Blasio has asked legendary producer Clive Davis to provide eight iconic stars to perform at the event, which he says will kick off a week of celebrations known as “Homecoming Week” for the city.
‘This concert will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s going to be a great lineup.
“The whole week will be like nothing you’ve ever seen in New York City,” de Blasio . told me The New York Times in an interview.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that there will be a mega concert in Central Park in July and that he wants Clive Davis to help him organize
The event will take place on August 21 on the Great Lawn in Central Park. It is free with some VIP packages for sale and there will be a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated sections
No stars have been confirmed yet.
While de Blasio hopes it will end a year of bleak restrictions that have wiped out the city’s tourism and nightlife, it comes amid rising crime rates that worry many about New York becoming the dangerous city of the years again 70s and 80s.
Violent crime across the board is up 30 percent from last year and NYPD unions are begging for change.
They blame New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bail reform and a series of crime cuts.
Figures released by Compstat reveal that there were 1,754 major crimes in the city last week alone.
There were 35 shootings, 39 rapes, 105 other sex crimes, 1,600 theft, 708 crimes and 14 hate crimes. Crime is on the rise in almost every category.
The only categories where there was a decrease were murder and burglary.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last week the city was becoming too dangerous and efforts to revive it after COVID-19 are being hampered.
Figures released by Compstat reveal there have been 1,754 major crimes in the city in the past week alone
THEFT – Theft is up 40 percent this week compared to the same week last year
ATTACK – The crime rate has increased by 15 percent. Last week there were 700
SEX TICKETS – Sex crimes are up 120 percent citywide – a terrifying leap
TRANSIT RESOURCES – Subway attacks spark a spike in transit crime, which was up 105% last week
“We have a major crime problem in New York City. Everything we just talked about, now that the economy is coming back, you know what the first step is? People should feel safe.
‘We are building new projects, stimulating new business – what comes before that is public safety, otherwise it won’t work.
“New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is rising.
“It’s not that they’re neurotic or overly sensitive — they’re right.”
New York City’s iconic Soho neighborhood has been nearly unrecognizable by a wave of graffiti and vandalism
1980s: Lower East Side of Manhattan in May 1987, when the Big Apple was known as ‘Fear City’ due to the crime epidemic