The famed Halloween block party on 69th Street between Columbus and Central Park West is being cancelled because of concerns by the organizers that they won’t be able to hold the event safely.
“While W. 69th Street is known for our fantastic Halloween party we are also known for being a caring community-we care on a city wide level and a local level,” wrote Eileen Vazquez, president of the West 69th Street Block Associatin, in an update to neighbors. “With this in mind, the steering committee for W. 69th Street Block has discussed what should be done this year and it was overwhelmingly agreed that the risk is too high given the amount of people who come to the block and the incredibly close proximity of everyone. Additionally, we don’t have the manpower to ask people for proof of vaccines, to offers masks, etc. This means that this year the block association will not apply for the permit to close the street, nor will we buy candy for distribution. This was a very tough decision to make given the history and popularity of the event but it is not a risk that should be taken.”
Last year was the first time in nearly 50 years that the event had to be cancelled.
Other Halloween events are still on, including Central Park’s pumpkin flotilla, scheduled for October 28.