Saturday, May 22, 2021

Photo of the Day: Bryant Park, NYC

I took this photo of Bryant Park on Monday just before walking down towards the Garment District to meet a couple of friends for lunch. Since the New York City government did a major clean-up of the park a couple of decades ago, it has become one of Gotham’s favorite places to relax outside, with those trees providing shade and the main branch of the New York Public Library and those skyscrapers serving as an imposing backdrop on the scene.

It was not until a couple of days later that New York announced its dramatic rollback of COVID-19 restrictions, but I think it’s obvious from this photo that many New Yorkers feel more comfortable being out with each other. Over the next several weeks, we’ll see how much of this is premature overconfidence and how much is reasonable certainty that the scourge of this disease is being pushed irretrievably back. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

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