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(Democracy) Little Forest and Garden Parks (Harlem)

The neighbors who tend this little park in Harlem turned it into a forest. A white gravel path takes you into the cool, dark shade. There are cats here at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Gardens at W. 122 Street between … Continue reading

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Harlem Green Space (New West 123rd Street Block Association Garden)

Harlem is full of community gardens that humanize the urban landscape and preserve it from developers. This one, the New West 123rd Street Block Association Garden, has a particularly lush layout with generous places to sit, places to plant, and … Continue reading

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Dancing Trees (Central Park)

Viewed from a distance the trees just stand there, not doing much. But a close zoom into and between the branches ¬†allows you to see these stately creatures in Central Park undulating. Carefully cultivated by masters of arboreal arts, these … Continue reading

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Literary Walk (Central Park)

Those would be Sir Walter Scot, Robert Burns, and Fitz Greene Hallek. I’ve never paid them much mind. But I got caught in the view of the trees and had some time to kill on my way towards an appointment … Continue reading

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What Poetic about the Poets’ Walk (Bard College)

Up early for a Talmud and culture conference at Bard College a couple of weeks back on a drippy spring day, I pulled in to park at the nearby Poet’s Walk. It seemed like the right thing to do. The … Continue reading

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Post Industrial Salt Marsh (Richard W. DeKorte Park)

Went on an ex-urban hike through the ecological ruins alongside the northern parts of the New Jersey Turnpike. What remains a sublimely wasted industrial, post-industrial landscape is now complemented by a group of parks and trails forming a wet-green lung. … Continue reading

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Unsentimental Hawk (Riverside Park)

On my own with the dog out late sunny Friday afternoon an hour or so before sundown and Shabbat for a walk in Riverside Park. I stopped to watch the Red-Tail. It’s April now, that point in the season when … Continue reading

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