The rain has let up and the the universe has promised New York City two days sans precipitation. I like to imagine that the local meteorologist struck some kind of deal with the weather gods. The only compromise made was that the days would be overcast and cloudy. I’ll take it.
In celebration I took to Riverside Park this afternoon. The park overlooks the Hudson River and a strip of blurred buildings that I have been told represent New Jersey (I hear strange stories of people who actually commute from this far off land).*
The park is also more famously known for its appearance in Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ long awaited kiss. Side note – there should be a statue erected in their honor considering the fact their characters singlehandedly proved that online dating in the city does not always end in a strange bar in Hell’s Kitchen. I digress.
The point is that as I walked through the park I noted a number of welcomed similarities to my Southern home:
- The waterside – Walking through Riverside is much like walking along the beaches of South Carolina. The dark, slow moving currents draw you into a trance and make you forget how far you have walked. Before you know it you’re a mile away from where you started.
- The canopy of trees – Riverside is one of the few places you can go (other than Central Park) if you want to see trees. They arc together framing the gravel sidewalk. This reminds me a little of the willow lined streets of Charleston.
- The slow moving families – Stepping into the park is like stepping back into the South. The pace is slow and the atmosphere full of diverse families. Children gather to watch the dogs run freely off their leash.
Feeling homesick yet? I encourage you to take a walk in Riverside. Also, tell me your favorite places to stroll and reflect. Comment below, lovelies!
*Disclaimer – Any signs of sarcasm found in this post can be attributed to the embarrassing number of Gilmore Girls episodes I have watched thus far on my break.