On weekends the city closes some of the streets in Times Square and provides folding recliners and folks sit around just like any ole backyard.
The new Yankee Stadium cost $1.4B. It has many of the features of old Yankee Stadium: the facades and the same dimensions of the playing field. However, it seems to be producing more homeruns than were hit in the old stadium, for unknown reasons. The new stadium is adjacent to the old, which is shrouded in scaffolding as they prepare to demolish it.
I came away impressed, but feeling a bit underwhelmed. I think it was the limestone and concrete construction. Felt like I was going into the Pentagon, not a baseball park.
Central Park, our second destination, is just a couple blocks north of the Carnegie Deli. Before we got there, though, it started to rain. More than rain, we had thunder, lightning, and wind. We found shelter under construction scaffolding just across the street from the park. Here, a couple of carriages wait for the storm to pass. As the coachman driving the white coach came down the street (to park at the park), the wind whipped his umbrella out of his hands and it disappeared down the street to our right.
Cheers to all,