Hot Time Summer in the City

At 4 AM on June 23, one young man took a video as another lit the firecracker that, a moment later, he threw at the man sleeping by the corner of the building. The video, released yesterday, shows the man being engulfed in the explosion. (Credit The NY Daily News Yossi Gestetner. )

New York City is under siege.

Every day from late afternoon overnight until early light of morning, fireworks perseverate. There is a ruckus on the street that blankets my apartment in a surround-sound track reminiscent of a badly-balanced war film’s. Small pops of firecrackers, like rounds of pistol fire, precede reverberating blasts from full-fledged explosives, cherry bombs and bottle rockets, whose lights flash on my windows at…