And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
Back in my early teens I was a fireworks fanatic. Bottle rockets, cherry bombs, bricks of firecrackers, roman candles, etc. gave me great joy. It also made me and my compadres the scourge of the suburban street I grew up on, which was largely inhabited by retirees for some reason – whose fanaticism centered around gardening. So it is with great reluctance, mainly as a result of my unwillingness to concede to adulthood, that I write this post.
As anyone who has stuck around LIC knows, Center Boulevard has begun to resemble Coney Island as summer approaches. The most visible aspect of this is the expanding multiplicity of food trucks and carts along the sidewalks. Like it or not, this is capitalism at its best and worst, they’re just following the crowds and have finally discovered the fact that there are fairly large ones along the waterfront during the summer. 1 This year to a greater extent than ever, which pandemic or not has mirrored the growth rate of the past five years or so.
No problem so far, the parks along the waterfront are fantastic and easily accessible and should be enjoyed by everyone. Plus as local residents know we get them largely to ourselves the rest of the year/weekdays/mornings etc. Where issues have arisen recently – and almost regularly – are at night. And by night I mean after Gantry Park is technically closed. And at all hours of the night. And by issues, I’m predominantly referring to noise, and by noise I’m talking about very loud noise that is waking up the immediate neighborhood.
Most noticeable are the fireworks. Roman candles down by the river just north of the final pier, with a splendid Manhattan skyline in the back. No backlash? ‘Hmm, why don’t we move the launchpad right into the middle of the plaza in front of the Gantry’s just steps from where patrol cars could cruise by?’ Audacious, brazen – when I was growing up you did everything possible to avoid the attention of the police when lighting fireworks, which given the subject matter was not an easy task. Equally loud, and even more persistent, is the drag racing/revving/testing-of- audio-systems by cars, motorcycles, and supersized ATV’s. Not sure how effective a citation might be, but a little police presence here and there might avert the need and convince the motorists that this location isn’t worth their time to come back to. That goes for all the other revelers and yellers unaware that their actions might be affecting those nearby.
Oh what a curmudgeon I’ve become.
//Election Day – if you haven’t succumbed to the barrage of flyers offering to vote by mail, and you qualify, and you want to vote, then this Tuesday, June 23 is your chance to participate in what look to be some interesting primaries. Almost exclusively for Democrats here in NYC, which in many cases will determine the winner. Will we go left or right or right down the middle…?
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- Well, I could undertake a full diatribe over the poor selection/monotony of the types of food trucks along Center Blvd, I mean Wmsbg gets lobster, pierogis and ceviche while we get grilled hot dogs, sausages, and meat on a stick [↩]