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May 22, 2013

5:45 p.m. On the south side of 35th Street, two men are rummaging through a construction dumpster blocking half the sidewalk. One is waving a mannequin leg in the air while the other stands on a precarious stack of milk crates in hope of liberating a torso.

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5:59 p.m. At 14th Street, a woman boards the subway car with a wedding dress in a bag and a clear plastic umbrella. She hangs both on the subway pole and sits down to check her messages, oblivious to the small girl whose fingers are slowly stretching toward the dress just to see what it feels like.

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6:26 p.m. The tunnel out of the subway under the park is damp with condensation. Under the dim lights, we are spelunkers heading back from a long journey in the wilderness. As we approach the exit, sun and heat flood the tunnel. We emerge blinking as the boy, draped over his father’s shoulder’s just in front of me, rouses himself from an imminent nap to shout, “Hooray!”

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6:28 p.m. Just inside the low wall of the park, there is a couple dancing, slowly, cheek to cheek. The man is black, wearing a black T-shirt and white jeans. The woman is white, wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. They are a perfect mirror image, smiling at each other, dancing slowly as the boys hauling their wooden bats to the ball fields break around them like a stream around an oblivious boulder. As I walk away, they have already turned into an abstract painting, all black and white and green.

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6:32 p.m. A husky sniffs the air with his pink nose while his owner carefully combs out his fur, sending soft clouds into the air for some lucky birds.

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6:35 p.m. In front of my stoop, I wait for a boy to stop swinging his scooter in circles to menace the pigeons.

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  1. May 23, 2013 9:19 pm

    Perfect post to read tonight as I miss Boston just a bit. Yes, I know you are in NYC but still.

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