is a favored meeting spot
. . . perfect for people watching,
bike and skate meets,
or just plain hanging out.
we jazzed these pix a bit,
hope you enjoy them.
NEW YORK, May 24, '79.—
. . .that area comprising Fourteenth street
(especially the short range between Broadway and Fifth avenue)
with Union square, its adjacencies,
and so retrostretching down Broadway for half a mile.
All the walks here are wide, and the spaces ample and free
—now flooded with liquid gold from the last two hours of powerful sunshine.
The whole area at 5 o'clock, the days of my observations,
must have contain'd from thirty to forty thousand finely-dress'd people,
all in motion, plenty of them good-looking,
many beautiful women, often youths and children,
the latter in groups with their nurses
—the trottoirs everywhere close-spread,
thick-tangled, (yet no collision, no trouble,)
with masses of bright color, action, and tasty toilets;
(surely the women dress better than ever before, and the men do too.)
As if New York would show these afternoons what it can do in its humanity,
its choicest physique and physiognomy,
and its countless prodigality of locomotion,
dry goods, glitter, magnestism, and happiness.
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~~ Walt Whitman (1819–1892).
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