A wintery walk in Central Park on this day with a close friend seems more like a return to nature than it does in the Summer and a welcome break from the intensity of the city crowds. There’s more tranquility, more solitude. I notice the city more and less. With fewer leaves on the trees come more prominent views of buildings that surround the park. Yet, even the buildings of this hectic city take on a more serene quality seen through bare branches.
The 1860-constructed Bethesda Terrace and the nearby “arcade” feel more open and refreshing, and offer a better chance to appreciate the original architecture without hundreds of joggers, tourists, walkers, and children running around. We have more space to continue a long, winding conversation rambling over many serious and absurd topics.