Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Morning Walk #38 - West Village
75 degrees...same ol'....
It feels slightly cooler than my apartment
The quiet streets with 1800's brownstones look like movie sets
The Portsmouth built in 1888
Jefferson Market Library, a Victorian Gothic building constructed 1875 - 1877, was originally a courthouse. Harry K. Thaw was tried here for the murder of Stanford White (a trial immortalized in E. L. Doctorow's "Ragtime".) It became a women's court in the late 1920's. Mae West was tried here on obscenity charges related to her Broadway show "Sex".
I was not heading for Washington Square park but those tangled streets got me again
Several people are sleeping on the lawn. They don't look like the homeless...maybe they escaped hot apartments though a rainstorm last night could not have left the ground dry
A park employee on a riding mower starts circling the lawn...no one moves at first though the noise is enough to wake the dead. Eventually 2 people move a little east but that will only give them another half hour before the mower approaches
The scent of newly mown grass evokes childhood memories...till I realize my eyes and face are not appreciating the dust and grass bits rising in a light cloud
The Northern Dispensary (1831) sits vacant after years of treating patients including Edgar Allen Poe and Jenny Lind
The Stonewall Inn (originally built as stables in 1843 - 1846) was the site of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 which led to the gay liberation movement
Another stop at Abingdon Square Park which was well populated until everyone got up and left. Was it me?
Do you remember when people walking down the sidewalks talking aloud to themselves were thought to be mentally ill? Now it's just people talking on cellphones...which may be a different type of mental illness...