I took a long walk from Washington Square Park up to 10th St. and then east to the East River Park. The park and eventual restored promenade is undergoing extensive renovation, and it's not hard to see its potential.
I could not find a pretty place to sit, so I walked south and back west, finding myself in the Lillian Wald public housing project. Much of the East River in this area is lined with massive brick public housing, but the pockets of small parks and seating areas, now with stately grown sycamore trees, softens the brutal force of these buildings.
I'm glad I decided to walk that way today, as the presence of these places reminds me that Manhattan is not only for the well-heeled and rich.