Friday, July 10, 2009

Central Park

Central Park was terrific. It’s a beautiful park with a variety of ecosystems (ponds, forests, fields, and a reservoir) and intended uses (ball parks, open grassy areas, paved and unpaved paths, bridle trails), and sometimes on the little paths you don’t even know you’re in the middle of a huge city. It was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead , who also designed some of the public parks in Boston, with which Anne is familiar, as she walked every day by the Fenway (not the ball park) during college. We spent a day and a half wandering through the park, and still didn’t see it all. The weather was a bit rainy the first day, but we had an umbrella. The second day, the weather was picture perfect: sunny and warm. We picked up some fresh focaccia, garlic- and pepper-stuffed olives, marinated giant white beans, cheese, and beautifully sweet strawberries and had a picnic. It was great to see all the people out enjoying nature, which can be hard to find in other Manhattan neighborhoods.


  1. Wow...what a way to see New York! I know you are getting closer and I keep telling Mom that you will, as usual, just walk into her kitchen one day.

    We mapped your likely route and expect that you will come through the Cape Cod Canal. If you don't mind revealing the time of your arrival, you could let us know your likely time of passing (if at a reasonable hour, of course)and we could be your welcoming committee along the canal! Karen & co.

  2. Just when I think we're finally catching you two... NYC sounds wonderful, I can't wait.

  3. The 79th St. Boat Basin can't be beat for location and price. Thank Bob and Kitty for tuning us into that jewel!