Concertgoers express excitement and concerns ahead of NYC Homecoming show

Concertgoers piled on to Central Park’s Great Lawn on Saturday (August 21) to attend “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert.”

The show marks the city’s emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic with a star-studded free concert. Ticket holders were required to show a proof a vaccination in order to attend, which made some feel safe.

“I feel great. I feel like the city is opening up and I took the vaccine and I’m around New Yorkers and there is really great energy and everything’s going to be good,” said New Yorker David K. Ammitzer.

However, Lisa Zair admitted to being nervous about the large crowd and was taking extra precautions.

“I am wearing a double mask when I get inside and I’m also keeping my distance as much as possible. But I am thrilled to finally to be able to attend a concert and a fabulous one to boot with all these incredible, incredible gifted artists.”

The concert, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, is also intended to celebrate the resilience of New York, one of the worst affected U.S. cities at the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.

The concert, expected to attract some 60,000 people, will also be streamed live on cable channel CNN.

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