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Block parties find a home on-line

By Heather Haddon

The block party, the most old-fashioned of festivities, has gone high-tech.

Open space advocates today launched “Block Party NYC,” a Web site that tracks parties planned by registered users on a Google map. The site coachers party-happy New Yorkers in getting through the red tape of holding a street fest (permits, community boards, blah) and lets hosts advertise their affairs on a calendar.

So far, listed parties include the “Jerome Street Gospel Bash” in July, and hipster bands and a stoop sale on Havemeyer Street this Sunday.

New York averages 3,000 block parties a year. The site also includes information about applying to new $500 grants to host a street fete.

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