A free concert at New York City’s South Street Seaport featuring hip-hop star Drake and the group Hanson was canceled yesterday when the organizers found themselves overwhelmed by the number of fans, some who turned unruly. A crowd of about 10,000 was expected, but Fox New York reported that as many as 25,000 packed the Pier 17 area for the show. Organizers said in a statement that the event was canceled after the situation was no longer safe. Fights broke out and video recorded chairs being thrown into the crowd.
The police arrested two people, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct, and three people were treated for minor injuries.
The Canadian rapper never took the stage and later tweeted, “I am so disappointed. To all the devoted fans that came out I wish you could have seen what I had planned! Until next time.”