East River Park Fireworks Glitches
We watched the July 4 fireworks from PortSide New York's Mary Whalen, which is docked at the container port in Red Hook, although we did wonder how things went at the new East River State Park in Williamsburg. The answer is, apparently less than perfectly. Curbed's Wire reported late yesterday afternoon:
After all the hoopla - state parks closed the park for the fireworks after supposedly 4000 people were in the park. Just as many were outside, locked out. The police/park rangers were very rude and the crowd very unhappy about the situation. The block it two full city blocks, huge, and there was plenty room inside for more visitors to the PUBLIC park. Even further evidence the state has no idea how to manage public spaces in NYC.Apparently, the park did not--as we heard some people predict in advance--have enough Rangers and police on hand to handle a larger crowd. Overall, sounds like fun for those that didn't get there early and were locked outside in the rain.