Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the days and locations of five planned concerts for New York City’s “Homecoming Week” this August, a celebration of the city’s recovery from the pandemic even as cases and hospitalizations tick upward.
De Blasio is urging as many people as possible to come to the city for the concerts, which he is billing as a “historic” cultural event on par with the seminal 1969 music festival in Woodstock, N.Y.
“I am issuing a FOMO alert,” he said, using the acronym for “fear of missing out.” “Unless you want to spend the rest of your life saying, ‘Oh my God, I missed it,’ you should get to New York City in the month of August.”
The shows will take place over the third week of August, one in each borough.
The first concert, on Monday, August 16, will be at Orchard Beach, in the Bronx. The following night Richmond County Bank Park, on Staten Island, will host a second concert.
That Thursday, the third concert will take place at Brooklyn Army Terminal, and the fourth will be hosted in Forest Hills Stadium, in Queens, on Friday night.
The week will culminate in a final concert on Saturday night, August 21, on Central Park’s Great Lawn. That concert will feature Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson, the city has announced so far.
Despite slowing vaccination rates in the city, and a rise in cases nationwide driven by unvaccinated people being infected with the delta variant of the virus, de Blasio did not indicate he was worried by the prospect of a mass of tourists coming to the city for the concerts.
“If people think the solution is everyone go home and not participate in recovery, and allow ourselves to slip backward into the world we were in - if that's an option people want, they should have their head examined,” he said.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misstated the year of Woodstock. It took place in 1969, not 1968.