Posted by: lornasass | November 10, 2009

MY BELOVED CENTRAL PARK 11/10/09

DSC05099It was dumb luck that I ended up living 1/2 block from Central Park.  Back in the late sixties when I was looking for an apartment, the park was much too dangerous to roam around in, so its proximity didn’t enter into my decision to rent a studio on West 83rd Street.  What won me over was that the studio was cheap at $100 a month, and I was a graduate student on a very skimpy budget. (I have since moved to a larger apartment on the seventh floor, but that’s another story.)

For the first ten years or so, the words “THE SHARKS” were spray-painted in large black letters on my building, a reminder that my neighborhood was indeed only about 15 blocks north of the presumed scene of West Side Story.

It took about a decade for me to set foot in the Park.  In fact, I always took the bus across to Fifth Avenue–even though it was a mere 10-minute walk.

Now I’m in the Park almost every day.

Even after all these years, I take joy in having it as my backyard and feel very lucky about my dumb luck. Here are some reasons why.

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  1. You’ve captured such beauty with your photos! Upstate NY is an amazing place to watch the changing of the seasons but you’ve made me jealous. I can’t wait to visit again and share some of this with you!

    • When are you coming? Soon, I hope.

  2. I never, ever thought I’d live near Central Park, and now I do, and like you, I find myself *so* blessed by it’s presence. Do you think Central Park would exist if it was being pitched these days? Sadly I doubt it.

    • No I don’t think there’s any way that much land in the heart of the city would be put aside for public use nowadays. There were some amazing visionaries back then.


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