On PRIDE Sunday, June 25th, amidst the very popular Annual PRIDE Block Party—which extends from Abingdon Park to 14th Street—a fire broke out.
The weather was perfection and the festive, rainbow-attired crowd was in a great mood. The streets were jammed with revelers—a few obviously inebriated.
Suddenly, a whiff of smoke blew by as sirens sounded. Very soon, many fire engines sped to the scene, making their way through this dense crowd on Hudson Street.
The civility of the crowd, the kindness I witnessed in the way people cleared the street, was truly amazing…inspiring! I found myself on Hudson Street directly across from the fire. I am so grateful for this sweet crowd and the brave work of our firemen (and women).