Crystal City BID To Launch A Series Of Front Porch Fridays

Balcony singing has become a common occurrence during the social distancing, and the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) wants to get it started in Arlington.

The Crystal City BID is introducing Front Porch Fridays where residents can spend some time together enjoying the same music.


“We may not all have a front porch — we may not all even have a balcony — but what we do have is our community,” the Crystal City BID said on the event page. “Music has always brought people together and now is no different. We can still gather together to listen (virtually)!”

For an hour every Friday, residents in National Landing are being encouraged to open their windows or bring a radio to their porch or balcony, tune to the same station, and crank up the volume. The station will change each week starting with Hot 99.5 this week at 4:20 pm and DC 101 next Friday at noon.

“The station will change each week, but the party atmosphere stays the same,” the BID said. “And best of all — we want you to select the playlist! Visit our Facebook page each week Monday-Wednesday to vote on the songs you want to hear. Then listen in on Friday to see if your pick made the cut!”

The music will be commercial-free, courtesy of the BID.

Though the videos of people singing in the streets went viral early on in the pandemic, results to replicate that have sometimes been mixed.

Separately, on Thursday the BID announced that it would be donating $100,000 to Arlington’s small business grant fund.

“Small businesses throughout National Landing have adjusted their operations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Just as they have supported us, we are focusing our efforts on ways to assist and enhance the long-term viability of these businesses,” Crystal City BID President Tracy Sayegh Gabriel said in a statement. “We are pleased to contribute to Arlington County’s GRANT Program, which will enable countless small businesses to stay afloat, retain their staff, and continue to serve the community.”

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