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November 17, 2005
From journal Upper West Side
New York, New York
February 20, 2002
I first really discovered my love for this park when I was trying to get in shape for the Manhattan Women's Mini-Marathon (10K) held annually in June in Central Park. Riverside Park allowed me the breathing room I needed to run or walk at any pace I wished. And I found anonymity as I'd pick a random step somewhere in the park and do a 30-minute step aerobic routine in the middle of my walk or run. Yes, I'm the weird girl you may have seen last Spring attempting high kicks, funky arm moves, and awkward, semi-fancy footwork with my big headphones and little yellow weights!! (This phase lasted only a few months for me!)
Other solo park people you'll see may be doing Tai Chi, meditating, riding a unicycle, reading, taninng, blading, or sitting with a friend on a comfortable old bench. Then there're the typical park families, dog-owners, couples, old friends, and lots of children taking advantage of the different terrains and hidden fields for baseball, volleyball, and tennis, among others. There's even a skate park with half pipes and other fun stuff for skateboarding types, which is fabulous to stop and watch.
Every season makes the park wonderful for a different reason. The gardens and wildflowers are a highlight in spring and summer, but the solitude of the park and starkness of the old trees and statuary make autumn and winter my favorite times. So whenever you find yourself in NY, stop on by for a reprieve from the urban jungle and a vibe and flavor a little more intimite than Central Park.
From journal MY NYC: Morningside Heights
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 16, 2000
From journal Exercise in New York City
June 5, 2000