The guys from Streetfilms have made a very inspiring ten minute short telling us about the history, the disappearance and the recent revival of Block Parties. When I watched the video I really got inspired by the idea that people in one neighbourhood, residents, just closed down their block for one day and turned it into a communal public space. The tradition was very much alive at the beginning of the 20th century up until World War II, and then all of a sudden died out, mainly because the Red Tape became so difficult to negotiate. Block Party NYC is a program of the New York City Street Renaissance which is dedicated to helping neighbourhoods around NYC come together and enjoy their block, free from the usual hazards and distractions of a car-filled street. On their website you can even plan, get funding, apply and organize a block party on your street. Great stuff!