On Saturday, I checked out Clinton Hill Day. CHC invited me to hang with his family for some BBQ, dinner and dancing, and I was not disappointed. The PS11 playground was full of people reminiscing, reuniting and celebrating. A DJ spun crowd-pleasing jams and kids played in bouncy castles. It was the kind of vibe that brought me to this neighborhood, and I wish I had experienced this kind of community gathering growing up.
Since I don't have any family in the city, it was awesome to be "adopted" for the day. Next year, bring a grill and come on out.
Here's one explanation why block parties like this are so important in communities!