Giant Bubbles in Central Park

Blog, New York Cityon April 3rd, 2012No Comments

One of my favorite parts of Central Park is The Mall, a long stretch of gnarled trees that begins at Bethesda Fountain and is guaranteed to be full of musicians, dancers and random performers. On Sunday, Sue, Amy and I encountered a group of New Yorkers and tourists gathered around a childhood favorite: giant bubbles.

Bubbles in Central Park

BubblesSeveral people stood in the center of the crowd, dipping sticks tied with rope into buckets of soapy water, then holding them up in the air. A German tourist laughed as a 10-foot bubble emerged from her rope, snaking through the crowd before it exploded. A girl in the back of the crowd, wearing a light purple coat and clutching a red balloon, laughed as well. She handed her mom the balloon’s string and made her way to the front.

The girl dunked the sticks into the bucket and threw her hands over her head. The first bubble popped immediately — a dud. The second bubble began to expand, floating out of the makeshift wand and toward the crowd. A photographer squatted down to get a better angle, aiming his lens at the sky and the bubble overhead. Suddenly, the bubble popped, covering his face and lens in soap. He began to swear but caught himself, glancing at the nearby kids.

An old man in a bright pink hat stepped from behind him to take his turn, using a practiced hand to create the biggest and most complex bubble yet.

In the background, a young man in purple spandex and a red bandana leaned against the fence, smiling as he finished a street-cart hot dog. Next to him sat a hand cart filled with jugs of soap and extra sticks, but I didn’t see a tip jar anywhere.

Flowers in Central Park

Blog, New York Cityon May 9th, 20111 Comment

I had a really productive weekend that involved finishing up another manuscript and doing some major spring cleaning, but in the middle, I took a few hours to wander around Central Park’s Conservatory Garden with my roommates (and Chicken) and look at all the flowers. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but I was able to snap some pretty photos with my phone.

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Central Park in the Spring

Blogon April 5th, 2011No Comments

Central Park

For all the times I might gripe about New York (Seriously, what IS that smell?), there’s nothing prettier than Central Park when the seasons change. I think spring is my favorite, because all the New Yorkers venture out of their tiny apartments and soulless office spaces and congregate on the park’s many lawns. They play Frisbee, run with their dogs, picnic with friends and generally defeat all the stereotypes of harried, angry New Yorkers.

The Wizard in His Castle

Blogon April 3rd, 20111 Comment

Wizard at Belvedere Castle

I spotted this wizard and his two dragons in Central Park and proceeded to stalk him for about 15 minutes until he ended up at Belvedere Castle. He’s amazing, albeit a bit frightening. His dragons, he informed an onlooker in a fake accent, are “genuine Scottish dragons.”