Welcome to the party. The New York City block party.

“At block parties across the city you can find people of all ages, from all over the world, who somehow ended up being New Yorkers from the same block. A celebration of those faux familial ties we make as city dwellers.”

“The thing I love about New York City is the fact that you don’t have to be from here to belong in the city, because it’s a city of transplants. So, you come to the city and you find your family here.”

“I was feeling kind of iffy when the neighborhood started to become gentrified and different colors started to move in. But when I came to the block party today, I’m looking at Asian kids, black kids, Caucasian kids, and they are playing together, and I feel like right now it’s a good time, and it’s going to be a bright future for block parties.”

The New York Times offers a beautiful tribute to one of the simplest celebrations of public life: the block party.