CitySketch – Central Park Fence

“Oh, a lion hunter in the jungle dark, And a sleeping drunkard up in Central Park, and a Chinese dentist and a British queen All fit together in the same machine. Nice, nice, such very different people in the same device!” 
Kurt Vonnegut

The Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park is a world within a world within a world. The outer world of NYC blasts and blares and screams and scrapes. The neighborhood surrounding that corner of the park is an obscenity of wealth and poverty. Within that world is Central Park – the lungs of the city and a literal oasis of calm in a city that doesn’t sleep or even relax. Within the park, the nature sanctuary ratchets the stress of the city down a few extra notches. The air is soft and heavy, redolent of a shrine. I found this fence and its shadow waiting for me there.

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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