May 31, 2005
Isn't "cynosure" such a grand word?
It is the quintessential urban park that almost every city should be envious of. Central Park is literally the cynosure of all New Yorkers and almost every tourist likes to take a brief walk through its green environs. I had visited New York on previous two occasions and both times, the time I spend in Central Park hardly revealed the breathing space that keeps New York alive. The first time, I took a brisk walk alongside the Great Lawn although the weekend sunbathing people did slow down my pace a wee bit. The second time I was with my parents and like every person past their prime walking years, they found the vastly spread out green a bit of a drag. However this time, I was with two people very much in their youth and an equal eagerness to see the Park. Of course, it wasn’t a one-day job so we just walked across (again!) to the East side alongside the reservoir. At that time, I was meeting up with my aunt, uncle, and cousin busy in discussing urban space facets of the park rather than simply taking in the view. But as my oft-practiced tolerance for less-visiting relatives is inevitable, I let it be.
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