Anyone who visits NYC will tell you that it is the moments when it all comes together that you remember after you go home. In this first video here’s one of those memorable moments, made possible by an early spring day and crowds just enjoying Central Park for what it is, the beating heart of NYC.
It is filmed underneath Bethesda Terrace with a view out to Bethesda Fountain at one end and the stairway up to another level at the other end. Those musicians who are given permission to play here are all asked to honor the mood of this wonderful terace and it’s marvellous acoustics.
On the left of the video picture you can see what seems to be an older man gently playing a Concertina, which is a small hand held accordian. He is one of those musicians honored by being gievn permission to play here. Bethesda Terrace is Mid Park on the north side of 72nd street.
Videoed on the same day this shows another part of Central Park where you can see trees showing their spring foliage and underneath them are people just standing around and on the paved area you see others rolling on by on their roller skates or just dancing. There’s probably music playing but whatever it is, it isn’t the sound track to the video.
But the music isn’t the important thing. What is important is that this is a glorious New York moment: sunlight, New Yorkers just enjoying being, doing their thing whatever that is and enjoying the space that is Central Park. Notice there’s no real rush, it’s peaceful and calm.
Whenever you come to NYC or whether you live here all the time, Central Park always, without fail, during every season and no matter what else is happening will give these magic moments of peace and calm even when the rest of the city is rushing by at top speed. They re not spectacular moments but deeply meaningful ones.