A few nights ago, on my way home from the best show ever, I happened to pass by Bryant Park at about midnight and was surprised to discover that it was completely lit up and full of people. It was a really warm evening, still about 75 out, and people were lounging around in t-shirts and shorts, doing everything from eating late dinners to playing board games. The park was so well-lit that quite a few individuals were even reading! It was such a pleasant scene to happen upon. And so vastly different from anything I've ever experienced in Los Angeles.
The Bryan Park Cafe, a twinkly outdoor patio tucked up against the back of the library, was also packed and brimming with life. I know that people generally stay up / go out later in New York City than in other metropolitan areas, but I was still surprised to see how many people were sitting outside in this type of area. A city park! New Yorkers are fanatic about their greenspace, and it's neat to see that appreciation in action.