Small Green Spaces

A few months ago when the country appeared to be moving away from pandemic life (or, at least, could realistically hope for such a transition in the foreseeable future), I began to re-introduce myself to New York City. Losing myself in a bookstore. Relaxing outside a cafe. Even braving a sparsely attended movie. After living in cities all my adult life, I found myself needing to learn how to be an urbanite again — the expected aftershock following a year and many months of effective hibernation.

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Summer in the City

By the summer of 1925, weird tale author H.P. Lovecraft was souring on his New York experiment. He was living in a boarding house in Brooklyn. He was robbed of nearly all his clothes. His wife was living in another city. He was barely writing. Still, he managed to enjoy his summer.

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Greenwich Village with H.P. Lovecraft

Greenwich Village was the New York City epicenter of modern art, experimental literature, and radical politics in the 1920s. During his brief New York sojourn (1924-1926), author H.P. Lovecraft loved visiting this neighborhood for its architecture and urban design. He wandered its streets — often at dusk or deep in the night — and swooned at the simple sight of a vintage lamppost, a curving alleyway, or a door knocker.

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A Railway to Somewhere

While venturing beyond my own Jersey City neighborhood for only the second time in 2021, I stopped at an overpass above an abandoned rail corridor, the Bergen Arches. Several local organizations are advocating for this space — unused since 1957 — to be reactivated as part of the East Coast Greenway. This would connect Jersey City with surrounding municipalities and provide both a recreational pathway and park to residents. It would be transformative.

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