NYC Never Sleeps but Enjoys Places of Quiet

NYC skyline viewed above the tree line of Central Park

Eight and half million people reside within the confines of the City of New York making it the most densely populated major city in the United States.  Our images of New York City are mostly of the human development of structures and roads, skyscrapers soaring into the sky.

Looking downtown from Rockefeller Center

Another image is just the constant hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps.

Times Square
Times Square

 As is often said, New York is more of a vertical city than a horizontal one when you are in it.  

Despite the millions of residents and vehicles and all the noise they produce, New York City also has some of the most wonderful quiet places on earth.   One can of course scale the tallest buildings and get above the constant din of the streets below.

Above the city bustle, Top of the Rock

You can also push off from the city’s shore line just a little to find a quiet space surrounding Manhattan.

View from the East River

But there are also amazing green spaces in on ground level in New York City. Central Park is probably the most famous.

Central Park

When one is in these green spots, it is hard to remember, this is the city too!  This is Manhattan in the midst of the most densely populated major city in the U.S.

Central Park

Fort Tryon Park is another wonderful green space with great gardens and landscaping.

Ft. Tryon Park

A majestic woods growing out of an asphalt ground covering.

Ft. Tryon Park

And within one’s vision are the signs of the megalopolis all around you – and yet, one is ensconced in the quietness of a forest and the beauty of a garden.

George Washington Bridge from Ft. Tryon

There is also the Cloisters operated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a place of quiet.

The Cloisters Garden

Psalm 84:3-4 reads, “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise!”   This statement was literally true in the Cloisters.

Sparrow residing in the ‘temple’ of the Lord.

It is even possible to find some solitude in places where the signs of urban life are all around you, even above and beneath you.

A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

And there are places of quiet remembrance, where the roar is heard in the silence of  disappeared past.

9/11 Memorial

If you look, you can find wonderfully places of reflection and tranquility in the midst of a crowd in the heart of the most populous city.

At the Cloisters

Most American cities do have natural beauty planned into them.  One is reminded that in the Book of Revelation, God’s eternal chosen place of residence, the New Jerusalem, is a city (Revelation 21:2) not a rural paradise!  The reason perhaps being that God intends to dwell in and with His people, not in some perfect Garden void of humanity.

“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”  (Revelation 21:22-23)

G. Washington Bridge from Fort Tryon

I have another photoblog of New York:  The National September 11 Memorial.

You can find links to all of my photos from my visit to NYC at New York City Photos.  A very limited set of NYC photos is at New York City Favorites.

You will find links to my other photoblogs at My Photoblogs.