Bare Chests and Bare Branches

Some thought it was frightening, others found it delightful, but all agreed that a 72 degree (22 C) day in January was astonishing. On a date that normally demands hats, gloves, mufflers and heavy overcoats, New Yorkers ventured out in t-shirts, shorts and sandals.

If not for the bare branches overhead, this could have been mistaken for a day in May. Since the unseasonably warm weather came on a Saturday, when most residents were free of commitments to work or school, many families were able to enjoy the sunny weather together.

Brooklynites walked, ran, rode and skated to Prospect Park to jog, picnic, relax, mingle and play. They scampered across still-green lawns flying frisbees and kites, read and picnicked under shadeless trees, romped through the playground and practiced yoga and Tai Chi under the clear blue sky. Tennis rackets shed their covers, volleyball nets were strung up, footballs taken out of closets and a clown made an appearance at the playground.

Tomorrow the temperature will drop 20 degrees; jackets will again be worn, ears will again be covered, tennis rackets and footballs will again be relegated to the closet. But for one bright, shining day, Mother Nature gave Brooklyn a brief, shining, early taste of spring.

The brilliant blue sky above Grand Army Plaza  Posted by Picasa

Sitting in the sun at Grand Army Plaza  Posted by Picasa

Sunbathing on the lawn  Posted by Picasa

Father teaching daughter to play  Posted by Picasa

Playing with a remote-control car  Posted by Picasa

Jogging  Posted by Picasa

Boys on the Harmony Playground  Posted by Picasa

Mastering training wheels  Posted by Picasa

Skateboarding  Posted by Picasa

Making balloon animals at the playground  Posted by Picasa

Muffin the cat, secure in his harness  Posted by Picasa

Climbing the harp sculpture  Posted by Picasa

Crowded roadways  Posted by Picasa

Biker in an Oscar the Grouch shirt  Posted by Picasa

Walking a dog  Posted by Picasa

Reading  Posted by Picasa

NY Times: 72-Degree Day Breaks Record in New York
Prospect Park

7 Responses to Bare Chests and Bare Branches

  1. Olivier says:

    le prospect park est un parc superbe et trop souvent oublié par les touristes. merci pour cette ballade, cela me rapelle des souvenirs de belles promenades.
    autour ne pas oublier de faire un tour sur parks slope.
    Il parait qu’il y a un superbe feux d’artifice au 31 decembre à la grand army plaza ?

    the prospect park is a superb park and too often forgotten by the tourists. thank you for this ballade, that recalls me memories of beautiful walks. not to around forget to make a turn on parks slope. It appears that there are superb fireworks at December 31 with the grand army plaza?


  2. annulla says:

    Olivier, you are correct – there is annual tradition of fireworks in Grand Army Plaza at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    I have never attended the show, but it appears to be wonderful.


  3. photowannabe says:

    You really captured the spring fever feeling. I would love to climb on that harp sculpture.


  4. Annie says:

    What a wonderful day – and what a glorious post you gave us all to read.


  5. Ash says:

    Love these images!
    Thanks for sharing…


  6. Rajesh Dangi says:

    nice post! felt like being there!!


  7. pjt3ket says:

    Sunbathing in January in NY..who would’ve thunk it?? lol // love the pics. Wonderful


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