These sugary bites complete my usual portable breakfast, as my coffee and I land on a shaded bench in Washington Square Park. I like to stop at the park in the mornings when the city starts to come alive.
A few early bird tourists, with cameras and guidebooks in hand, make their way by towards the iconic circular fountain at the center of this Greenwich Village park. A trim, well-dressed couple pauses directly in front of me as the woman readjusts her sandal heel. Reaching out to hold the man’s shoulder for balance, she says something in French and they both laugh. I don’t want to stare, but my ears remain tuned into the beautiful language for as long as possible until their voices trail off into the distance.
Over to my right, four gentlemen spill a box full of playing pieces out onto the chess board in front of them. I stick my neck out to catch a glimpse of who’s at the tables today to see if I can recognize any familiar faces. New York may be the largest city in the country, with a population that nearly doubles with commuters on a workday like today, but it can feel small if you stop and let it.
As I sip the last bit of coffee, an elderly man with shaggy snow-white hair, a plain black t-shirt, and baggy green corduroys sits down on the bench beside me. He pushes his smart-looking spectacles back up onto the arch of his nose and unfolds an easel. Then he pulls out his utensils and paint tubes from a canvas tote and lays them out on a tray beside him with meticulous precision.
I want to stay and see what he plans to create. I want to see how his personal perspective of the park comes to fruition and what the finished piece will look like. However, my 10-minute coffee stop is up, and I must continue the walk up 5th Avenue towards my office. As usual in this city, I’m intrigued by the constant buzz all around, but I’m also left wondering what happens to these fascinating people I observe in the park each morning. How does their day end?
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