Is City Island Overreacting To JLo’s Free Concert Tomorrow?

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City Island residents are predicting mayhem and chaos for tomorrow when JLo returns to the Bronx and performs at neighboring Orchard Beach for the first time ever in her hometown in a free concert.

While I do agree that a lane should be dedicated to go in and out of City Island for residents and emergency vehicles, what I don’t understand is the panic.

The concert is for 25,000 people.  July beach attendance at Orchard is roughly 20,000 a day. What the City Island Civic Association is neglecting to tell you is that that’s less than half the typical August weekend crowd of 60,000 people crammed into the beach (not to mention the thousands that actually go to City Island to dine at their many great seafood restaurants) so why the panic?

Oh and before the clamdiggers and musselsuckers of City Island say that I’m not being empathetic, I live in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and these inconveniences are a part of my reality all my life.

Roads are closed to residents, traffic is a nightmare, but we survive and so shall you tomorrow.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.