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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Teardrop Park

The weather has been so beautiful this week it has made me lament that summer really is over. Most of the fountains in the parks don't work any longer (although some do, despite the fact that Labor Day has come and gone) but the ice cream trucks are reliable, they don't respond to a calendar date and you can pretty much count on them to stick around through October.

Luke, Drew and I spent about 3 hours this morning playing at the Teardrop Park. I love this tiny little place! It's truly a perfect spot with so many little nooks and crannies for exploring, and yet only 1.9 acres completely surrounded by high rise apartment buildings.

despite the fact that we've been going to The Teardrop Park for two summers now, we discovered a little path that we'd not ever noticed before. It is right off the North Lawn and the path is almost completely obscured by bushes. I only saw it because I went to retrieve the ball from where Drew had thrown it, into said bushes.

When we followed the little flagstone path it led down dramatically, and the bushes close in around you until, especially if you're four feet tall or shorter, you feel completely surrounded by wildlife. I, all 5'5" of me, even felt for a moment as if I'd been transplanted into some forest far away from Manhattan.

There's a big long log (which, obviously didn't fall there, but it's a great touch regardless) where I sat down while the boys dug deeper into the shrubbery. There are big boulders to climb up on, and delicate little flowers hidden in the shadows.

If there were a perfect little stream with minnows and a few salamanders running through this tiny hidden path, I'd have to vote it my most favorite spot in the entire city. But as it is, it's pretty high in the rankings without it.

There's a great article from the New York Times that was in the paper around the time that the park opened. You can read about it here (it's the second story on the page). The arcitechts of the park really understood that monkey bars, swings and slides are great, but that kids really love a place that they can play secret games, imagine that they are in far away places, and escape from the city for a bit--just like us grown ups want to every now and again.

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Anonymous Mom said...

Is this the same little park we walked through with you when your father and I made a quick Sunday afternoon visit a year or two ago?

6:56 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

Dont you love finding little things like that, that you have failed to notice in the past?

2:39 PM  
Blogger icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to take my girls there!

8:40 PM  
Blogger pinknest said...

oh that park looks like so much fun!

12:12 PM  

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