Photos: This Weekend Gave Us A Glimpse At What NYC’s Vaccine Summer Could Hold


New Yorkers skilled an unprecedented spring awakening this weekend — the temps kicked up a notch as spring formally arrived, we have hit the one 12 months mark because the metropolis shut down, and we now have slowly began to come back out of pandemic winter hibernation because the vaccine injects new hope into our arms and collective spirit. The scene on the market was a sneak peek at what town’s summer season could have in retailer — which may, as I recall Gothamist’s Jake Dobkin as soon as telling Brian Lehrer, look a bit like an prolonged V-J Day.

This weekend — our first glimpse forward on the new-new regular — Bethesda Fountain was a downright get together. Actually, it evoked photographs I might seen from the Nineteen Seventies, when native New Yorker Robert Iulo documented the Sunday scene at Central Park’s well-known fountain — a broad daylight get together by which all New Yorkers held a standing invite.

The Bethesda Fountain scene in the 1970s vs. 2021


The Bethesda Fountain scene within the Nineteen Seventies vs. 2021

Nineteen Seventies: Robert Iulo; 2021: Scott Lynch

“Within the summers of the mid-’70s, on most Sunday afternoons there was a Latin music get together at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain,” Iulo beforehand advised Gothamist. “Jazz station WRVR DJ Rodger Dawson’s Sunday Salsa Present was performed on increase packing containers strategically positioned across the fountain plaza. You would additionally discover small teams of musicians and singers on the plaza edges and on the terrace above. Latino meals was cooked on web site and obtainable at low price, so was beer and rum. In case you wished, there have been low-limit playing video games and guys strolling round with trays of 1 greenback unfastened joints shouting, ‘Tabaco suelto.'”

Possibly we’re not fairly again there but, however our personal documentarian, Scott Lynch, says that the scene was extra amped than typical first spring weekends—”Not essentially in crowd numbers, however on vibe and happiness… much more music and dancing.”

Completely happy spring, New York, see you at Bethesda Fountain each Sunday this summer season.