These Are From Lower Manhattan
Late February in the Northeast is rarely as warm as it has been this past week, which has coincided with my son's "winter" break. He and I stole away to NYC for two days of father-son adventure making, based in the chic neighborhood of SOHO. We were spoiled immediately by our ephemeral home's ideal location for what we had in mind to base our time together on... relaxed shopping, exploring, and food.
Top-floor housing provided us with stunning views and welcome exercise.
Hungry from our morning bus ride from Boston, it was easy to find the perfect little Italian cafe to take in some incredible food and surroundings...
Graffiti is such a raw, varied form of artwork, offered free to viewers, making the city a museum of creativity and spontaneity. When I'm lucky enough to witness it being installed, it's extra special. We saw such varied examples of graffiti artwork on this trip, from multiple Kai plaques in SOHO and NOLITA, to many timely and powerful political pieces. These included murals of spontaneous anti-Trump contribution pieces and timely expressions of love and inclusiveness.
When I was in college during the 80's, we would frequent Greenwich Village to de-stress over beers at Panchito's (still in business!), McSorely's Old Ale House ("oldest Irish pub in America"), and other haunts, as well as the free entertainment in Washington Square Park (mostly break-dancing and Hari Krishnas). What a joy it is to return to "The Village", where so much music and culture continues to come from!
It always takes me a few trips to warm up to getting around on the subway, but it always becomes familiar quickly... Compared to my school days in NYC, it is so much cleaner and safer... really a pleasure!
My son and I experienced such a collaborative, positive and constructive vibe in NYC last week, and I can't help but compare it to the harsh, crime-suffering version of the city I experienced during the 1980's. I kept thinking about how this is what's possible from the path we had(?) been on of inclusiveness and talking before punching, Are things perfect for all? No. But adjustments by analysis and not simple agenda and self-aggrandizing doctrine are my preferred way forward. America is more than just a country- it's a way of life. The revolution that started America began in Boston, and no place in the world demonstrates the great possibilities of it more than in NYC.