In a tradition that reaches back decades, West End Collegiate Church is hosting a block party and invites the neighborhood to attend. West 77th Street between Broadway and West End will be closed to traffic this Wednesday, July 12, to make room for a food truck, bounce house, games, jazz quartet, and more.
Church leaders say that the event is intended to reinforce the importance of houses of worship as community spaces, regardless of religious affiliation. “COVID upended a lot of traditions, but it also helped us evaluate what traditions are worth keeping,” said Cambridge Ridley Lynch, church elder. “Evenings where neighbors gather face to face are more important than ever.”
The event will run from 5-9 pm. In addition to the family-friendly games, folding chairs will be plentiful. “We bill ourselves as a ‘neighborhood church for all people,’” Lynch continued, “Nothing would make us happier than to see old friends sitting down and catching up in the middle of the street.”
Who: All in the community, especially those in the West End-Collegiate Historic District and its environs
When: Wednesday, July 12, 5-9 pm
Where: West 77th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue
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