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Just reading this lovely article caused a wave of nostalgia... "I was walking in the park dreaming of a spark when I heard the sprinklers whisper shimmer in the haze of summer lawns."
And then came a memory of a certain play I watched, which takes place in a park, and only in a park - I think that's a theatre record of all times, and a walk to see the actual scenery several years later on. Thanks to both I am now certain that:
Of course the city parks belong to everyone! Absolutely and in every imaginable meaning! Especially in New York. Anyone who doubts that should watch/read "Antigone in New York" by Janusz Głowacki. It is a wonderful, witty tragifarce about a homeless Puerto Rican woman who wants to steal the body of her formerly as homeless lover from some NYC 's Akeldama aka paupers' grave and bury it in Tompkins Square Park in East Village. Together with her two co-residents of the park, a Polish and a Russian guy, they end up with the whole spectrum of problems only Sophocles would know how to solve and with a wrong body.
There's a rich potential of the parks - for poets, writers and all kinds of art-people, but also for sociologists, psychologists and cultural studies.
Thank you, The Economist, for regularly reminding us all of them (eg. https://www.economist.com/node/92310)
Such an enchanting piece. Thanks you much much, Prospero.
Never knew about the history of Central Park, that a community made up of mostly black landowners known as the Seneca Village once lived there and the community was razed in 1855, causing the people to become homeless. 1855 is only 164 years, roughly 2 generations, ago.
I guess that New York's Central park has improved a lot from where it was in seventies. Still I can imagine that there is a lot of to improve. I would like to see the display.
Beautiful article and I wish I could get to New York to see this display.
Just a small correction - it looks like the can floating is not a Coca Cola can but another brand - C&C Cola. Am I wrong?
You are not wrong—thanks very much for pointing it out. Now corrected.