After a year of death, grief, trauma, tensions, turbulence and uncertainty, one of the hardest-hit cities during the Covid-19 outbreak, New York City, has returned to a state of almost complete normalcy. Clubs have re-opened; people line up outside to enter overcrowded establishments which might as well add swimming pool to their description as the room is filled to the brim with patrons’ sweat and spilt vodka sodas. Because of this reversion to the city’s old, grungy ways—its charm—officials decided it’s time to celebrate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is undertaking what could potentially be the next Woodstock: A concert in Central Park to honor the city’s resurrection. The office of the Mayor reached out to the legendary, Grammy-winning producer Clive Davis to assemble an iconic line-up of roughly eight performers. No one is confirmed as of yet, however, Davis over the years has garnered a plethora of connections with major artists including Aerosmith, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys.
The concert, “The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park,” has a tentative date set for August 21. It’s to take place at Central Park’s Great Lawn and will be approximately three hours long. Planners hope and are preparing for 60,000 attendees. The concert will also be televised worldwide for those not in the area.
The nature of the concert—a triumph against a common, deadly adversary—promises collective healing for the people of New York. The pandemic killed the New York lifestyle which consists of busy days, vibrant nights, and constant movement. The virus forced people inside and the city (comprised of businesses, theaters, bars, lounges, and delis) suffered. The concert will gather New Yorkers in one space and do what they do best: Go out and have fun.
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