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Devastation in Central Park

On Tuesday we left a concert at the Avery Fisher during intermission (See widget)  so as not to tax Ethel’s leg unduly. We were saved from the fury of a freak storm as a result. Our friends, Laura and Ed, stayed for the second half of the concert and they did not get home until after midnight!

Sadly, the storm cut a swath through the upper part of Central Park causing the greatest damage in 30 years. Over 200 trees were uprooted or smashed many plantings destroyed, and the Conservancy Gardens damaged and closed to the public.

Unwelcome view of the Tennis Centre

Unwelcome view of the Tennis Centre

Trees were torn up like matchsticks

Trees were torn up like matchsticks

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This fall has put the hard courts out of business for some time, I imagine

This fall has put the hard courts out of business for some time, I imagine

 

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One of the famous Park lamps strikes an unusual pose

One of the famous Park lamps strikes an unusual pose

While I was recording the storm damage, I met Jerry here, lovingly caressing a block of Beech wood given to him by one of the tree surgeons. Jerry teaches wood turning at one of the local schools and we had a great conversation about wood working in all its forms. Just as we parted, an official imformed us that a quarantine was in force in the park and that Jerry’s beautiful potential bowl had to join all the rest of the downed trees in the chipper!ParkD1

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