Easter in New York City Means Gangs in Times Square

There’s so much to talk about when looking into the history of Easter. First, there’s its proximity to Passover. Than, there’s the Christian story of Jesus rising from the dead. Than there’s the pagan tradition of Oestre. Than there’s the whole Jesus-as-Sun-God Easter-is-astrological reading.

Than there’s the New York City version as told by the NY Post:

A violent Easter ritual has Times Square businesses beefing up security as they brace for a surge in post-Auto Show gang activity this weekend.

Easter Sunday—which has become known as “Gang Initiation Day” because of the parade of hoods wearing Bloods colors who swarm the area—has scared tourists and store owners alike.

For many, last year was a particularly horrible experience, as reported on by Gothamist:

Just after midnight, a 21-year-old man was shot in the ankle at 41st Street and 7th Avenue, outside the New York Sports Club. Then, around 1 a.m., a woman was shot in the face by a BB gun at 51st and 7th Avenue. After 2 a.m., two women were shot—one in the elbow, another in the thigh—at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of Macy’s. None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life-threatening. By 2 a.m., apparently 45 adults and nine juveniles were taken into custody—about 20 were nabbed near 34th and 7th Avenue—as police closed streets and swarmed the area on foot, horseback and scooters. A Times Square restaurant manager told the Post, “There’s a lot of young kids outside in groups of 15 to 20 people, and police are running to catch them. Kids come in cursing at employees and we ask them to leave.”

Good luck out there tomorrow, people.

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