Is There Any Quiet in Manhattan?

Is There Any Quiet in Manhattan?

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

After only one day of navigating New York City I am exhausted.

A cacophony of sounds – horns, yells, loud music. A mass of humanity – crushing crowds, tourists stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, homeless veterans. A tangle of transportation – first the train, then subway, boat, bus and subway again.

By the time the A Train spits me out at my kids’ apartment in upper Manhattan, I desperately need a respite. A strong cup of hot tea, feet propped up on a stool and the cool breeze of the air conditioner revive me for the next step. I’m ready to venture with my daughter and granddog across the street.

To the park.

Truly an oasis among the high rise buildings. Greenery against the gray. Upon entering, I feel transformed into a calmer, gentler person. One who ambles slowly down the paths and finds delight when the dog stops at every bush. Why not stop? We are not in a hurry here.

I am grateful that a hundred years ago John D. Rockefeller purchased this land and hired Frederick Law Olmstead to design Fort Tryon Park. This city park boasts one of the most unspoiled views of the Hudson River as well as eight miles of walking paths along a rocky topography.  Today our path ends at The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art made up of French monastery courtyards.

Even Jesus reinforced this need in all of us and urged his busy disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”  Mark 6.31 NLT

God longs to meet us daily in such a place.

Whether we live in the midst of the city, the country or somewhere in between. We all need to choose an oasis – a place apart where we can go to be still and listen.

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell 

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About Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Author ~ Storyteller ~ Speaker ~ Teacher "Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength"
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2 Responses to Is There Any Quiet in Manhattan?

  1. Jim Douglas says:

    Great blog, per usual! I never miss them.

    Wanted to offer one tiny historical clarification that only a landscape architect would have noticed!

    Actually Frederick Law Olmstead ( the father of American Landscape Architecture)didn’t design Fort Tryon Park. He was dead by then. His sons who carried on his firm did. Sadly they never achieved the excellence that their father did and the firm didn’t last. However, this info doesn’t diminish the beauty of the park and delightful refuge it is ,as you pointed out!

    FLO designed Prospect Park and Central Park!

    All the best,

    James O. Douglas
    Partner | ASLA

    landscape architecture | planning | urban design |

    120 29th Avenue South | Nashville, TN | 37212
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  2. Jennifer says:

    I loved this post…partly because we used to live in that area! What fun to remember how we used to go to Ft. Tryon for some peace and quiet (we lived near (practically under!) the George Washington Bridge). It’s hard work, but finding a quiet space can be done and is worth it. 🙂

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