This weekend brings Passover to New York City, and the City is ready: Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced a few initiatives to make sure Pesach is peaceful. First, security will be increased with more police foot patrols and security at synagogues; plus the police will patrol "sensitive" areas in certain neighborhoods. The City's Bureau of Consumer Affairs also wants to crack down on price gouging of Passover related items, so they're asking for residents to fill out this form. Finally, the Department of Sanitation will have more trucks available to pick up food in the pre-Passover/Chometz ritual - aka, ridding the house of bread products. Just think, these are pre-Atkins traditions! Perhaps this is an opportunity to do a little spring cleaning yourselves.
Gothamist will have more Passover-related posts about eating and arts events. And Newsday profiled the matzoh making frenzy some area matzoh manufacturers go through to meet the demand. And Gothamist on matzoh t-shirts and allegiances.
With contribution from Rina