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Scenes from a Saturday Summer Afternoon in Central Park: Lawn Bowling and Sunbathing in the Sheep Meadow

On an immaculately groomed green lawn near Central Park's Sheep Meadow, an elegant-looking group gathered for the sport of lawn bowling. Dressed in their formal whites, the group attracted a modest group of curious onlookers, as if they had stepped out of time from a lost empire.


They certainly made a handsome group, even more so for not focusing on their own elegance but on the procedures of the game afoot.


In fact, these are members of the New York Lawn Bowling Club, and according to their website, they invite you to join them. Official site www.nybowls.com

This Week in New York, the Place to Be: The Stonewall Inn

On June 28, 1969 police raided The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York's Greenwich Village, arresting 13 people, and word of the arrest spread quickly among the community. That was 44 years ago today. Subsequent protests led to the first gay and lesbian march.

On Wednesday of this week, the inn served as the instinctive rallying point for two historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings. In one case, the court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional on the grounds that the law denied same-sex couples "equal liberty" as protected in the Fifth Amendment. The other case involving California's Proposition 8 paved the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume. Today, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that California counties could issue marriage licenses immediately.

It's Pride Week in New York. Yes, it is. The march takes place this Sunday, June 30, 2013. The march begins at 36th St. & Fifth Avenue and e…

A Big Moon Rises Over the East River: The View from the Seaport, with a Legendary Film

On a night in New York City when the moon draws close to the earth, it makes sense to head for the East River if you want to see the moon rise. While the moon will technically not turn fullest until Monday, June 23 at 7:32 a.m. ET, the moon looked perfectly fine last night. And large.



Summer Begins: The View from Fifth Avenue

The first weekend of summer is upon us. Yesterday, the weather fully cooperated for the season's arrival, sending rays of sunshine into New York's famously dim urban canyons. This view is from Fifth Avenue, slightly north of 19th Street, looking south along the avenue at approximately 6:08 p.m.


Image by Walking Off the Big Apple. Made with Instagram on an iPhone5. Throughout the hot months, this website will be updated in a light and whimsical fashion, even more so than usual. Hard to imagine. You will likely see more pictures and less text  - breezy reading for the beach. Happy summer!

Hawks and Architecture: A Red-tailed Hawk Tour of Washington Square

Many locals in Greenwich Village experienced big bird drama in early June as three baby red-tailed hawks took their first flights from their home ledge on NYU's Bobst Library in Washington Square. The first one fledged on May 31, an event I missed and that apparently produced much nervous excitement. The remaining two young hawks took off on Sunday, June 2, one in the early morning and another nearly twelve hours later. I saw some of it.





Our human instinct is to wish young birds to soar high, as I suppose we project onto birds our dreams of flight and freedom and transcendent perspective. I think this would be especially true in the context of New York City, where inherent dangers lurk low on the pavement. Imagine, then, young red-tailed hawks, noble birds of prey, taking their first steps off a high window ledge. But instead of swooping up to the top of an Art Deco New York skyscraper, as we would fantasize in our big city dreams for them, they end up landing flat on their feath…