With the 10th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade around the corner on Sunday, the Mayor is asking businesses along Fifth Avenue not to board up. In past years, violent incidents have caused damage to some stores and apartment buildings, making some owners think it's better to play it safe during the parade, which has had some controversy, most infamously the 2000 wildings in Central Park. For instance, the Post reports that metal fences are being put up at 1035 Fifth Avenue while tall green panels are being placed at 820 Fifth. Mayor Blooomberg is insinuating that these actions are an insult to Puerto Ricans, though some wonder if this is his way to gain Hispanic support.
The parade begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street at noon. It will be broadcast on WNBC.