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April 16, 2003

Back in the Saddle Again

It's been unbelievably gorgeous here in the City. Is Spring, big teasing strumpet that she is, finally, possibly, here at last? The cherry blossoms are blooming near Patience and Fortitude (the lions in front of NYPL), the grass in Bryant Park is a lush, verdant carpet, and though the city's finances are in dire straits, people seem to be in a buoyant mood, casting off blazers and cardigans, soaking up the sun.

Feeling cooped up, I grabbed a sandwich and headed to the park, where I happily discovered that the carousel is now up and running again. I was too shy last summer to ride with all the kiddies, but today I overcame my inhibitions. I bought a ticket for $1.50, climbed up and slung my leg over a blue horse, and whirled around, up and down, in tiny circles to charming carousel music. I'm sure I had a silly grin plastered on my face.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:25 PM |