4/16/10 — Packing to head home to Oregon, my head is a whirlwind of New York images both minute and magnificent: plum blossoms petals on the sidewalk in Central Park, the Empire State Building looming over 5th Avenue, a Hasidic Jew’s earlocks tucked up under his broad-brimmed black felt hat, the off-key chorus of taxi horns, the smell of fresh-baked bagels, downhill stair step symmetry in townhouses on East 30th Street, the wonderful pedestrian dance along Lexington Avenue at rush hour, a rainbow of cultures arching across my field of vision. Cool city. Gotta come back soon!
Packing to head home to
- by Tom Birdseye