Spring 2020 in New York

Oddly enough, Spring is more beautiful than ever. The magnolias more magnificent than I remember. It’s a 9/11 kind of afternoon. Cloudless blue skies. New York’s best. 

Second Avenue

The major arteries of the city are almost empty. It’s what we always giggled about as kids: the neutron bomb has hit. It’s disconcerting. But so wonderfully quiet. 

Trompe d’Oeuil 

If you like to look, as I do, if really “seeing” is your thing, then every walk brings surprises. Today, I spotted a juxtaposition of “real” and “painted” I’d never noticed before. Can you spot it? 

Magnolias 2 Different Ways 
Cherry Blossoms
Blackbird in a Tree

My stroll behind the Metropolitan Museum brings a profusion of trees I never noticed before. 

Central Park – Bethesda Fountain
Central Park – The Boat House

With only a handful of visitors, the good “bones” of Central Park are more visible than ever. 

Central Park – East Side
Tree and New York Skyline

My walk has made my 21 hours indoors more bearable. Not everyone can get out, I realize, as I look out the window at my neighbors across the street. It’s a more poignant reminder of this utterly beautiful but sad Spring.

All photos by Eleanor Foa Dienstag
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About Eleanor Foa Dienstag (36 Articles)
Eleanor Foa Dienstag is a veteran author, journalist, photo-journalist and award-winning corporate writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, the New Republic, the New York Observer, Ms., Travel & Leisure, and many other websites and publications. Eleanor is the author of three books. Her most recent, available on Amazon and Centro Primo Levi is MIXED MESSAGES: Reflections on an Italian Jewish Family and Exile. It is a multi-layered memoir about Eleanor’s personal journey, her father’s exile from Fascist Italy and the Foa Family journey, whose Italian-Jewish roots go back to the 1500s in northern Italy where her ancestors were famous printers. WHITHER THOU GOEST: The Story of an Uprooted Wife, also a memoir, was acclaimed by Business Week for its insights into corporate life. Her third book, In Good Company: 125 Years At The Heinz Table, offered a unique view of a quintessential American company. Eleanor served as staff speechwriter to the Chairman and CEO of American Express. In 1983, she founded Eleanor Foa Associates (www.eleanorfoa.com). It provides a wide variety of corporate writing and marketing services. Eleanor is past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), received speechwriting awards from IABC, and was awarded literary residencies at Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). She resides in Manhattan.