single frame: Central Park

NYC after dusk

Central Park
Canon PowerShot S95

As someone who has always lived in flyover country, my only contact with New York City, specifically Manhattan, was in movies and on television. It wasn’t until I visited the city for the first time in the late 1980s that I started to get a feel for the place. It hardly matched what I had seen on the screen. That Manhattan was either clean and pretty, or dangerous and gritty. The Manhattan I met was just a very large city. A confusing city — it took three or four trips before I started to get a sense of direction in it, and was able to find my way without a guide.

I didn’t visit Central Park until my most recent trip there, in 2016. I wished I had not waited so long. It’s better than what the movies make it out to be — a well-designed, manicured, peaceful oasis right in the middle of this loud and busy place.

One evening on our last visit, we enjoyed a cocktail hour on the top floor of our hotel. This was the view from up there. It’s impressive just how large Central Park is, how much Manhattan real estate it claims.

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12 responses to “single frame: Central Park”

  1. Michael Avatar

    Just don’t get mugged or raped. ;)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      In broad daylight it didn’t seem at all unsafe!

      1. Michael Avatar

        You would think but it does happen then, too, from news reports I’ve seen. :/

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Yeah, there’s risk everywhere. Even here in Zionsville, the sixth safest town in the United States. Somebody was murdered in broad daylight on a walking trail here last year.

  2. tbm3fan Avatar

    In 1980 we flew out from the Bay Area to visit my grandparents who live in Parkchester up in the Bronx. It would be the last time as my father needed to move them out west in 1983. While there I announced that I was going to walk from the Empire State building all the way down to the tip of Manhattan crisscrossing from the Hudson to the East River along each cross street with my SRT-101. They were aghast that I would do that. Me, since San Francisco was a fairly safe city in most all locations, didn’t think twice. I did do it and survived with no problems and have my pictures to prove it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      In 1980? Yeah, NYC was a very different place then in terms of safety! My wife and I walked from the 50s all the way down to the WTC — a long hike, but all was well all the way!

  3. brandib1977 Avatar

    Ooh. I love New York! Central Park is wonderful! :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s amazing! I wish we were closer to NYC so we could visit more easily.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Me too. I would like to get back soon but my dance card is already filling up this year. Maybe next year.

  4. Sam Avatar

    Nice! NYC is not as bad as some might think as long as you are aware of your location and surroundings plus it’s as you know, very photographic.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I didn’t feel unsafe anywhere we went in Manhattan, which included taking the bus to the airport from Harlem.

      1. Sam Avatar

        I love that response! As they say in NYC, to you I say…Respect!

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