Still in a New York state of mind, so allow me to tip the TVFMF hat to HBO. The premium cable network sponsors a summer long outdoor film festival in the most civilized patch of green on the planet–Byrant Park.
The Manhattan greenspace is an inspiring find. Just a few blocks from the noise and neon of Times Square, it is an oasis of tranquility and meditation in the middle of an urban canyon.
|Monday in the park with Bugs: enchanting Bryant Park|
Thirty years ago, when I first came to New York as a university student, Byrant Park was a dark, broken field, a haven for junkies and a virtual crime zone. You just didn’t go there. Today it is all culture and civility. Anyone studying urban planning should investigate and celebrate this great civic turnaround.
The park actually dates back to the 1840s and covers land once used as a mid-town reservoir. At the east end stands the mammoth New York Public Library. A vine covered Bryant Park Grill and Cafe sits right behind the library, on the terrace, offering a breathtaking view of the park.