Central Park in the Time of COVID-19

“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting…” Songwriter Vernon Duke wrote these words in 1934. The full lyrics go like this:

Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?
Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first-nighting
Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds in canyons of steel
They’re making me feel I’m home

It’s autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love
Autumn in New York is often mingled with pain
Dreamers with empty hands may sigh for exotic lands
It’s autumn in New York
It’s good to live it again

Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown
Autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you’re let down
Jaded roués and gay divorces who lunch at the Ritz
Will tell you that it’s divine

It’s autumn in New York transforms the slums into Mayfair
Autumn in New York, you’ll need no castle in Spain
Lovers that bless the dark
On benches in Central Park
Greet autumn in New York
It’s good to live it again

The first thing to note after that first line: the rest of the song has nothing whatsoever to do with the Central Park snaps below. Not to deny the thrill of first-nighting or the glittering crowds and certainly not negating the jaded roués and gay divorcées who lunch at the Ritz–far be it from me to do such a thing. No, a significant part of the wonder of New York is the ease  with which it accommodates all our worlds.

For me the glory of New York and autumn centers on Central Park: the leaves and the paths through them, the Pond and the Meer and the reflections filling them. To live in the city that attracts 60,000,000 visitors annually is a gift and  blessing. Despite the pandemic’s restrictions on travel I am already here. I am free to roam this this city and this park by foot or bicycle to my heart’s content.

Truly a state of grace and cause for continual thanks.











Harlem Meer

Published in: on October 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm  Comments (18)  

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  1. What lovely pictures! I think the fourth one down is my favorite, although the first three follow closely behind.

    As usual, all the pictures and writings have been greatly enjoyed.


  2. I think the fourth picture down is my favorite, followed closely by the ones above. As usual, all the pictures and writings have been greatly enjoyed!


  3. From Sharyn: Wonderful —- as always!


  4. From Saul: Thanks, Dick, seeing Central Park always lifts my spirits.


  5. From Letitia M:
    So beautiful! Thank you Richard!!


  6. From Mykel B:

    Great autumn shots… one with the coloring tree reflecting in the water is majestic.


  7. From foyle

    Golden memories, my born again love of New York began with that song
    long before i ever saw the city. Or a full-on Autumn, for that
    matter. It took me 30 years to see it, and now it is with me forever.
    thanks for the memories… Great pix!


  8. From Vuong N:
    It is my happy moment to receive your news.


  9. From: Micki:
    Neat blog and pics, thanks for sending.


  10. From Peter W:
    Checked it out. You haven’t lost your touch


  11. From Gabriele K:
    Beautiful pictures, Richard, as always!


  12. Happy to see your photos again…I missed them. Thanks Dick.


  13. Richard, I am overwhelmed by the beauty and sensitivity of your photos. I plan to go back to really savor chunks at a time. Thank you for sharing.


  14. Patricia M:
    Great stuff. You continue to amaze me! My photos tend to be of leaves and grandkids.


  15. Shoshana:
    Just wanted to say, Richard, that the photos and the texts are great!


  16. Thank you for sharing such a great pictures Richard, Love this time of the year in CP.


  17. Sandy:
    Looking at these photos was a calming experience, on a stressful day. Yes, I am forwarding. Will send especially to those who won’t get to NYC, this year.

    Enjoyed the lyrics, too!

    Thanks so much for sending and stay safe!


  18. Great as always Goldie


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