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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Three parks and “Dramatic Rescue”

Yard for yard, Bryant Park is the smallest of parks but every inch of it is crammed with activities: film screenings, yoga, fencing,  band groups, fly fishing, petanque (bocce/boule), tai chi, language classes, knitting, dancing, ping pong, juggling lessons, book readings and even musical chairs are among the things one can participate in, or not! There is a fine restaurant and also plenty of sandwich places and seats for eating outdoors.

All of  this is in the middle of town on 42nd Street and right next to the theatre district! And to think, that only a few years ago, Pre-Mayor Jiuliani, this place was a dark den of drug addicts, dealers and gangs which no ordinary citizen could safely cross!

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A game of Petanque . . . . .

A game of Petanque . . . . .

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 . . . . in the shadow of the Chrysler Building

. . . . in the shadow of the Chrysler Building

Serenade for lunch-time diners

Serenade for lunch-time diners

Ornate Carousel

Ornate Carousel

Tryst

Tryst

Juggling lesson . . . . . .

Juggling lesson . . . . . .

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Lunch-time sun-bathe

Lunch-time sun-bathe

Lincoln Memorial?  . . . . .

Lincoln Memorial? . . . . .

No! Read for yourself.

No! Read for yourself.

On the other hand Central Park is massive in comparison. It is my backyard and I do what I can to contribute to its upkeep. My daughters and I endowed a bench in Shakespeare’s Garden in memory of Dorothy, their late mother and my late wife and partner. We sprinkled her ashes there.

Throughout the year, I take my camera  to capture its moods and happenings–sometimes, I’m afraid, to the point of repetitious boredom–I’ll try not to post too many near-repeats! In addition to its tranquil swathes, it boasts many unexplored nooks and crannies.  Here are a couple of its contrasts:

Harlem Meer greens . . . .

Harlem Meer greens . . . .

 

Playing field's oranges  . . . .

Playing field’s oranges . . . .

 

 . . . . . after the serenity, the clutter of the maintenance equipment!

. . . . . after the serenity– the clutter of the maintenance equipment!

 

Battery Park, at the very southern tip of Manhattan, is yet in the process of re-development. It is recovering from years of neglect, then 9/11 and, latterly, the hurricane. The tumbledown Ferry terminal is modernized and the Native American and Holocaust museums have opened  close by and the park is linked to the picturesque riverside walk.  It does have an allotment where enthusiasts grow organic vegetables but it is mainly becoming a memorial to the immigrants who landed at Ellis Island just out in the  river and to the local soldiers, seamen and coastguards who died in service.

The memorials include some wonderfully dramatic bronzes. Here are one or two:

The needle point of the almost completed 9/11 memorial building now overlooks the park

The needle point of the almost completed 9/11 memorial building now overlooks the park

 

This massive bronze is a Rodin-like piece commemorating immigrants. Impressive, though it is, children and their mums climb on it with glee just as they do  the Alice and Wonderland group Central park

This massive bronze is a Rodin-like piece commemorating immigrants. Impressive, though it is, children and their mums climb on it with glee just as they do the Alice and Wonderland group in Central park

 

Rescue at sea! The effect is even more dramatic when the waves lap over the face of the drowning seaman. The artist has placed the elements perfectly for maximum drama.  Detail below

Rescue at sea! The effect is even more dramatic when the waves lap over the face of the drowning seaman. The artist has placed the elements perfectly for maximum drama. Detail below

 

 

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