I was on the 100 block early last evening. I arrived home and announced that there was trouble brewing. Last night the city's air was charged with youthful energy, but that's not the only thing I encountered on the 100 block. It felt like a new bad element in town, freshly arrived and eager to display its disdain for law and order. The term "wilding" came to mind, and on arriving home I voiced my concerns about the summer.
Something of a Hudson tradition, wilding, for in the late 18th century "the disgraceful conduct of certain young men" was condemned by the press after an evening of pulling down stoops and unhinging gates. See: Historic Hudson, p. 39.
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These kids must really know their history!