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Thousands Flock To Fifth Avenue For Museum Mile Festival

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Thousands of people streamed to Fifth Avenue Tuesday for what organizers heralded as the biggest block party in New York.

As 1010 WINS' Gary Baumgarten reported, the 36th annual Museum Mile Festival boasted free admission to nine New York City museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.

Thousands Flock To Fifth Avenue For Museum Mile Festival

The block party stretched between 82nd and 105th streets and was dotted with music, street performances and other museum activities.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said culture is an important part of the city.

"I think some people actually move to Manhattan for the arts. As an older person you can walk, take a bus, you don't have to drive," Brewer said.

Kids of all ages were given sidewalk chalk to get in the creative spirit and express themselves with slogans and drawings in the middle of the closed-off avenue.

The Museum of the City of New York had possibly the most controversial display in the festival, showing graffiti as art.

"I view it as art. It comes from suffrage, and it comes from the Hip-Hop culture at that time. That was a movement for people to express themselves," said Justin.

Someone else, however, told Baumgarten that while to the viewer it may be art, to the building owner it's vandalism.

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