De Blasio enlists Clive Davis to plan free Central Park ‘homecoming’ concert on August 21 – as he tries to kickstart dying NYC tourism amid spiraling crime
- De Blasio announced the concert on Monday planned for August 21
- Some 60,000 people are expected to attend and most tickets will be 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 there to be eight involved
NYC is planning a mega concert in Central Park to celebrate reopening after COVID-19 and in an effort to make the city an appealing vacation destination again amid a spiraling crime problem and void of tourists.
The concert was announced by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is scheduled for August 21 and will take part on the Great Lawn at Central Park.
There will be sections for vaccinated people and unvaccinated people, most of the tickets will be free but with some VIP packages for sale.
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 is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. 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,’ de Blasio told The New York Times in an interview.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a mega concert in Central Park in July that he wants Clive Davis to help him organize
The event will take place on the Great Lawn in Central Park on August 21. It’ll be 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’ll bring an end to a year of gloomy restrictions that have stamped out the city’s tourism and nightlife, it comes amid climbing crime figures that have many worried New York is turning back into the dangerous city it was in the 70s and 80s.
Violent crimes across the board are up 30 percent from last year and NYPD unions are begging for change.
They blame de Blasio’s bail reform and a series of budget cuts for the rise in crime.
Figures released by Compstat reveal there were 1,754 major crimes across the city last week alone.
There were 35 shootings, 39 rapes, 105 other sex crimes, 1,600 incidents of theft, 708 misdemeanor assaults and 14 hate crimes. In almost every category, crime is up.
The only categories where there was a decrease were murder and burglary.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last week the city was getting too dangerous and efforts to revive it after COVID-19 will be hampered.
Figures released by Compstat reveal there have been 1,754 major crimes across the city last week alone
THEFT – Theft is up by 40 percent this week compared to the same week last year
ASSAULT – Misdemeanor assaults are up by 15 percent. There were 700 last week
SEX CRIMES – Sex crimes are up by 120 percent across the city – a terrifying jump
TRANSIT CRIMES – Subway attacks are driving 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, with the economy coming back, you know what the first step is? People have to feel safe.
‘We’re building new projects, stimulating new business – what comes before that is public safety, otherwise none of it works.
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up.
‘It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.’
New York City’s iconic Soho neighborhood has been left almost unrecognizable due to a surge in graffiti and vandalism
1980S: Lower East Side of Manhattan in May 1987 when the Big Apple was known as ‘Fear City’ due to its crime epidemic