Central Park was designed under the philosophy that nature should be looked at and reflected upon, and never touched. So when the park first opened, children had to have notes from their principals to play baseball in the fields. Obviously, these traditions did not last in the park. Now it’s a place where runners, walkers, tourists, dog owners, ice cream vendors, wedding parties, break dancers, trophy wives, small children, guys painted like statues, pigeons, raccoons, etc. frolic freely throughout the trees, bushes and paths. Central Park is also one of the best places in the city to see free stuff.
Tomorrow night, the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra are playing a FREE concert on the Great Lawn, with a fireworks show afterward. Sitting in the grass and listening to classical music is probably the closet thing you can do to honor the original spirit of the park, but you should totally get up and cozy in the grass while you’re watching. And hey, how often can you bring a picnic to a classical concert? Or show up in your most tattered pair of jorts? (The answer is: at least once a summer in NYC).
FREE New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert
Central Park Great Lawn
Tuesday, July 13 8:00pm