Sunday, July 31, 2011
Indeed shops open, shops close. Indeed, park benches and resting areas/relaxation areas are blinked into being without any post-it notes that say, "whaddya think?" The downtown building murals keep changing... And even the homeless eventually move on.
With that said, there are two changes I would like to highlight. The current sculpture that's featured at Madison Square Park (Until August 14.) that seems like an illusion, and the "Corner Shop Cafe".
When I first saw "Echo," the sculpture by Spanish artist, Juame Plensa, I thought it was a representation of the varying cultures that can be found in New York. Then, while still there at the park I read the sculpture information which stated that "Echo" was created in the likeness of Plensa's nine year old neighbor from Spain.... I prefer that explanation rather than my own theory.
After reading what the New York Times said about "Echo," I jotted down two lines: She is "the nyph of Greek myth, condemned by Zeus to repeat the words of others." And, "Many times we talk and talk, but we are not sure if we are talking with our own words or repeating just messages that are in the air." (Both quotes are from Plensa.) The second quote continues, but let's leave it at that for now.
The "Corner Shop Cafe" was a place that had mis-matching tables, a chandelier that was made from some poor animal's antlers, red curtains that had some sort of pattern on them, and framed pictures on the walls that didn't seem mass produced.
Although the menu is the same the "Corner Shop Cafe" is now sporting uniformed tables. Is it because "many times we talk and talk, but we are not sure if we are talking with our own words or repeating just messages that are in the air." ? There was always a wait to eat at csc, especially on Sundays for brunch. So why have we changed it?
Nah, don't boycott. I can't stay sad for long and neither should you. The Creme Brulee French Toast is a must if you have a thing for sugar. And if you go, I have one request... Leave an unsigned note that says, "Sometimes I miss what passed."