Miami Beach cracks down on Spring Break party excess

College students usually turn Miami Beach’s main drag into a huge street party at this time of year — blocking traffic as they drink and dance to thumping reggaeton music.

But strict new measures mean the American ritual, known as Spring Break, is a much quieter affair this year.

The city in south Florida is enacting rules to stamp out partying which has gotten out of control — and even violent — in recent years, with two killed in shootings last March.

As the sun went down on the weekend, Ocean Drive — typically the party hub for the thousands who descend on Miami Beach — looked much calmer than normal.

The booming music, crowds of scantily-clad youngsters and the occasional whiff of marijuana smoke were all gone from the city’s iconic avenue with its distinctive Art Deco buildings.

Like Miami Beach, many seaside cities in south Florida are magnets for students keen to let off steam during their Easter break.

But now, to keep things under control, Miami Beach officials have deployed more police, set up extra drink-driving checkpoints and shut down all public parking lots except one which charges $100 on the busiest weekends of the Spring Break

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12 of the best vintage looks from this weekend’s Jazz Age Lawn Party in NYC

This past weekend, Governors Island was all that jazz!

New Yorkers went back in time for the Jazz Age Lawn Party on this island this past Saturday and Sunday. Bedecked in chic flapper looks with pearls, fringe and suspenders, they danced to jazz music, played croquet and snapped photos with vintage cars.

If you missed out on the fun, don’t worry. There’s another iteration of the Jazz Age Lawn Party coming to Governors Island on August 12 and 13 (tickets cost $50/person). Whether you’re looking for some outfit inspo for the August event or just want to admire these stunning vintage looks, we rounded up some of the most fabulous outfits from the event.

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Golden girl


Parasol perfection


Suspenders and a bowtie are always a good idea


Big fan of this outfit


Pigtail power


A moment for this hat


The car completes the look


Fedorable


Festive fringe


A fascinating fascinator


Beautiful and bejeweled


Moon Swoon


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Bronx block party celebrates 50 years of hip-hop

A massive block party outside 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights, which is considered the “birthplace of hip-hop,” closed off many Bronx blocks to car traffic Saturday.

There was plenty of room for generations of hip-hop fans to dance and reflect on an art that originated there 50 years ago.

“These are my people,” said Crystal Rose, who lives nearby. “All these are my people. I was brought up in hip-hop.”

Much like hip-hop itself, lifelong Bronx residents Juliet Lindsay, Deborah Matthews and Rose were all born and bred in the borough where hip-hop originated.

“I grew up in this neighborhood, so I remember when there were parties here at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue,” Lindsay, a Morris Heights resident, said. “I actually knew who [DJ Kool Herc] was. I knew his sister. So this is like really epic for this type of event to happen in our neighborhood.”

“I was here when hip-hop started,” Matthews, a Tremont resident, added. “It was different and it was innovative. And nobody understood it but us. So it was great.”

The block party on Saturday was inclusive, bringing together hip-hop fans from countries as far away as Germany and neighborhoods as close as Queens.

Hip-hop

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