I was walking through Manhattan’s Lower East Side and happened on Stuyvesant Square Park. I’d forgotten how pretty it is.
Stuyvesant Square is one of those parks that for me epitomizes the New York City small park. Miss Prim lived for many years on the edge of Madison Square Park, a much larger park and a major thoroughfare. Stuyvesant is more out of the way, a quiet place to eat lunch or read a book.
One of my goals is to someday get myself into Gramercy Park. This is a private park at the terminus of Irving Place in the east teens near Park Avenue. If I’m not mistaken, the buildings that surround the park own it. If you live in one of those buildings, you get a “key to the park” that allows you to open the gates and enter. After all these years of living in the NYC area, I still haven’t made it inside. Someday….
Before decamping to Connecticut, Miss Prim lived on East 26th Street in Manhattan. This car was parked on that street yesterday – a sort of a living shrine to the rigors of keeping and parking a car in New York City. The owner has used a permanent marker to indicate the reason for each of the dings, smashes, bits of chipped paint, and so forth.
This photo shows just one small section of the car. I have to give the owner credit for acknowledging that this is a “city car” and a warrior, not a pristine automobile in prime physical condition.
Miss Prim’s NYC apartment is on East 26th Street, overlooking Madison Square Park. The park frequently features large-scale art installations. This is one of the sculptures featured in the park this week. The title is Folly, by Rachel Feinstein.
Click on the photo for more information about Madison Square Park.
A quick note: I have been working in the Madison Square Park neighborhood for more than a decade. In the early days, at lunchtime, you saw hundreds of people on the park benches reading books. Now, most of those people are tapping away frantically at cell phones. I know what Miss Prim would think about that …
The cover design for The Outsmarting of Criminals, and the portrait of Bruno here, were done by the supremely talented J.E. Larson. You can find a link to his work by clicking on the portrait of Bruno. I salute Mr. Larson and all the other cover designers and illustrators who help bring our fiction to life.