Block parties find a home on-line
The block party, the most old-fashioned of festivities, has gone high-tech.
Open space advocates today launched Block Party NYC, a Web site that tracks parties planned by registered users on a Google map. The site coachers party-happy New Yorkers in getting through the red tape of holding a street fest (permits, community boards, blah) and lets hosts advertise their affairs on a calendar.
So far, listed parties include the Jerome Street Gospel Bash in July, and hipster bands and a stoop sale on Havemeyer Street this Sunday.
New York averages 3,000 block parties a year. The site also includes information about applying to new $500 grants to host a street fete.
For more information, see www.blockpartynyc.org.