Love Blast to NYC in Spite of the Heat!July 12, 2013
Almost every day, weather permitting, I ride my bike down by the Hudson River. I often pass the North Cove Marina with its extravagant yachts hovering over the little red sailboats of the Manhattan Sailing School. And there, woven right into the railing, are the words of the writer and poet Frank O’Hara.
“One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes – I can’t even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway handy or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life.” – Frank O’Hara
Green is my favorite color these days. As in Nature green. NYC is not the greatest of places to be during a heat wave, so I’ve been trying to make the best of it by communing with the birds and the trees. After all, Manhattan is an island (minus palm trees), and you’re never more than a bike ride away from either the Hudson River or the East River (it’s only 2.3 miles at its widest point). I’m a downtowner who lives sort of in the middle, and I favor the Hudson River with its miles and miles of trees, parks and piers.
You might not be able to swim in the river (it’s an eery shade of putty grey these days), but there’s usually a great breeze that helps to cleanse the island and provide a respite from the heat. I don’t know that I’ll live here forever, but for now, it’s my home, and I’m making a huge effort to be in Nature as much as I can.
NYC is about 250,000 trees away from their goal of planting 1 million trees! 757, 386 have been planted as of this date. You can learn more about it, volunteer, or request a tree be planted HERE. I’m waiting to hear about my request…
While I’m talking green–to the people who feel sorry for us New Yorkers living in our concrete jungle–let me just mention the 843 acres known as Central Park. It still blows my mind that this incredible green space is 6% of the entire island of Manhattan!
And if you hang around the parks after the sun sets, there are all kinds of surprises in store. They just seem to happen upon you. Last night, it was the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, at North Cove, with none other than BB King himself. You can be riding your bike and find yourself listening to a living legend with thousands of other happy fans.
As you leave the park at night, notice that we have fireflies in NYC! Nature just isn’t Nature without the magical insects lighting up the night, looking for a mate.
I think that one of the things I love the most about this city and its love affair with Nature, is that it’s free for everyone, and the parks are a melting pot filled with every race, nationality, gender and age–humans and animals, tourists and New Yorkers together.
Next to Frank O’Hara’s words at the North Cove Marina, are the words of another legendary writer, Walt Whitman.
“City of the world. (For all races are here. All the lands of the earth make contributions here.)
City of the sea!
City of wharves and stores – city of tall facades of marble and iron!
Proud and passionate city – mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!” – Walt Whitman
I love you, New York City! But please cool off soon!