Union Square Park
The Daily Plant : Monday, September 17, 2001
NEW YORKERS FIND COMMUNITY IN PARKS
Open and fully operational, New York City’s parks are able to serve in their capacity as meeting places and town squares.
Since the collapse of the World Trade Center Tuesday morning, Union Square Park in Manhattan has been the site of a massive memorial. Sheets of paper are taped to the pavement and passersby are covering them with their thoughts. Drawings, quotations, candles, and journal pages can all be found there. In Brooklyn, New Yorkers are gathered in waterfront parks, especially the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where the view of downtown Manhattan is particularly clear. Union Square Park and the Brooklyn Promenade offer just two examples of how New Yorkers are using parks.
The Central and Borough Recreation offices planned afterschool activities for schoolchildren at two sites in every borough for Thursday, September 13. Mobile rollerskating units were sent out, and at St. John’s Recreation Center in Brooklyn and Liberty Park in Queens, large numbers of children (up to triple the normal amount) were using them. Thursday was also the first day of afterschool programming at St. John’s. Staff assisted children with homework after they came in from skating in the park. Already, the center has planned a Kids Walk Against Violence Day for September 28 when young people will be invited to parade through their neighborhood with homemade signs that express their feelings.
Kids have strung banners graffiti-ed with their thoughts above at least two centers, Hamilton Fish in Manhattan and St. Mary’s in the Bronx. At the North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park, children were encouraged to draw images of the happy faces that they can picture in their minds. In every borough, Recreation staff led arts and crafts projects, games, and discussion groups. They’ve reported that the basketball courts are particularly crowded.On Staten Island, recreational activity was suspended during a police investigation of the island.
Thanks to Recreation, which is doing a great job involving children in activities through which they may express themselves. As usual, the centers are also serving adults looking for physical release and an affirmation of routine.
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(Friday, September 16, 1988)
TRAVEL TO THE MIDDLE AGES
AT MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL IN FORT TRYON PARK
The Middle Ages will come to life again on Sunday, September 25 in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan as the fields, hills and pathways surrounding the Cloisters are transformed into a 15th century town and marketplace.
There will be royalty among knights, a bevy of Maid Marions, lance-toting horsemen, puppeteers, jugglers, musicians, dancers and court jesters. Commissioner Stern will be there dressed as a fictional King Henry IX. Dr. Madeleine Pelner Cosman, Director of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the City College of New York will be queen. The festivities, which are free, open at noon with a procession led by heralding trumpets, a 25-foot dragon and valiant knights. The day’s event will culminate in a grand joust with two knights in shining armor battling to please the royal court.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love,
and the most absolute freedom imaginable, freedom from violence and lies,
no matter what form the latter two take."
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904)
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