Picnics, cookouts and more set for Manhattan Day

By The Mercury

More than 25 neighborhoods are meeting this weekend to mark Manhattan Day with cookouts, block parties, and even a carnival.

It’s the 12th annual edition of Manhattan Day, which is held the first Saturday in June because that’s approximately when two groups of settlers came together to form Manhattan in 1855. The event, organized by The Manhattan Mercury, simply encourages folks to get together in neighborhood gatherings, to foster a sense of community.

Other sponsors include the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations, the Manhattan city government, Dillons and Rays Apple Market.

Ray’s is providing hot dogs and Dillons is providing buns to encourage neighborhood cookouts.

The city waives fees to allow neighborhoods to block off streets for block parties. (Deadlines have already passed to reserve buns and dogs, and to get permits to block off streets.)

For a list of neighborhood gatherings registered through the Mercury, see Page A8. All events are being held on Saturday, June 2, unless otherwise noted.

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