I love to read Bill Cunningham’s pictorial fashion reports in The New York Times, where he has been a regular contributor for more than 25 years, and this week’s article completely delighted me. First, it features style and fashion of the preschool set, and also, because it was photographed at the annual Children’s Fair in Madison Square Park, which is on the fringe of my old neighborhood, Kips Bay. The part has evolved so beautifully and is in prime time right now. Years ago, when my oldest, Jacob, was little, it was known as Needle Park, because even though it had a decent wooden playground, it was inhabited by drug addicts and other undesirables. We would go there just for a change of pace from the then-newly built Asser Levy Recreation Center and Park on East 25th Street and Asser Levy Place, just off the FDR Drive and adjacent to the Waterside overpass. Madison Square Park is now a lush city refuge, beautifully landscaped and meticulously tended to. It has a lovely little park with slides and fun water sprays and sprinklers city kids love frolicking through in warmer weather; interesting, thought-provoking outdoor sculpture installations and a respectableconcert series I hope to attend these next few months as a way to unwind after a day’s work.
of course, the now-famous Shake Shack, restauranteur Danny Meyer’s contribution to fast food, where they serve arty flavors of frozen custard like lavender, and even frozen treats for dogs. With the transformation of the surrounding neighborhoods, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Murray Hill and Chelsea, the people and kid watching there has also improved; hence the following article.