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Fireworks, fighting matches at Washington Square ‘Action Park’

Everynight Charley Crespo got his name for going out to music shows nearly every single night. He’s also out on the streets and in the parks — looking for music — nighttime, as well.

Here are some of the night sights he saw this past weekend in Washington Square Park, where people gathered after Pride marches on both Saturday and Sunday.

Even more than what has become usual, the historic landmark green space, in some ways, had the feeling of an amusement park.

Local residents might be getting PTSD by now, but the fireworks keep coming in Washington Square Park, including on Pride weekend, above. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The Pocket-Size Statue, formerly known as the Living Statue, is back in the mix in the park. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The source of fun but also frustration: a party speaker used by a deejay in the park. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Boxing, just another one of the park’s new uses, on Friday night. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Taking a shot at boxing in the park. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Motorcycles freely ply the park nowadays. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Enjoying a twerking display in Washington Square. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The police closed off Christopher St. between Hudson St. and the Hudson River Park on Sunday evening. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

As has been done during Pride for at least a decade, there were some street closures in Greenwich Village for public-safety reasons, such as to preserve the ability of an ambulance to get to someone through a major crowd. Christopher St. west of Hudson St., for one, was blocked off.

As Pride revelers neared the Christopher St. Pier, they found their path blocked by police. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

But Hudson River Park was open during normal park hours in Greenwich Village and Chelsea, including Pier 45 (the Christopher St. Pier) and Pier 46. In the waterfront park’s Village section, the Drift In restaurant and one bathroom building were closed. So were the westernmost ends and northern walkways of both Piers 45 and 46, again for public safety.

According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the piers and “upland” part of the park were packed well into the night.

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