New York State of Mind
I am wildly, madly in love with Central Park. I want to go to Central Park every time it is sunny, especially in the summer and fall. At the first sign of an 80 degree day here in New Jersey, I had decided we were going to Central Park. I believe that it is the most magnificent park of all time. What other park in the world can offer you giant prehistoric rocks to climb on, countless fields and recreational areas, a summer Shakespeare play, a John Lennon memorial, a zoo? Only Central Park! Every time I go to New York, I find myself in a new section of the park that I have never seen before. Every corner is new unfolding magic to me. This is also the BEST place to people watch, as everyone in New York City ends up in Central Park at one time or another.
Last Monday to kill time before our Broadway show, my boyfriend and I wandered around the park, between the South West corner and the center. It was pure joy. The sun was beating down so hard, I was in a short sleeve shirt and sweating. You could tell by the sheer volume of people everywhere that it had been such a long, cold winter, and everyone was dying for some sun! I went crazy taking photos, specifically of this pond around the corner of the Plaza that was very cloudy…it almost looked like ice. There were people everywhere, the park was packed with children. We climbed up a small hill to a little platform where checkerboard tables are etched into cement tables for people to play on. Simply magnificent! The park offers so much free entertainment. It is truly amazing to see so much nature, shrubbery, and outdoor recreation offered to the public in the giant metropolis of New York. At the checkerboard tables, that were totally delightful, we rested and I tried to hone my photography skills…not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
I love New York and I am in love with Central Park. If you want to see me in a state of total relaxed happiness, take me to Central Park. I think in a former life I must have lived in New York City…maybe that is where I spent the roaring 20s. I have a deep-seeded love affair with this city that is rooted so far down, that is the only explanation. The city always make me feel more alive.
“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Thomas Wolfe