THE WONDER OF THE NORTH WOODS
Having lived in NYC for the past nine years, I've long considered myself a city "pro" for at least the last eight. Now... imagine my utter shock and chagrin as I sit here, tail tucked between my legs, admitting that I only recently learned of an entire corner of Manhattan that I've never explored, let alone wondered about, until last week. Formerly unbeknownst to me, there's a magically lush, suspiciously quiet, surprisingly un-urban, enchanted forest that sits right smack in the middle of the city.
Yes. This uninhabited vortex, known as the North Woods of Central Park, has somehow always existed on my map. And yet, I ignorantly assumed it to be a mere replica of the densely populated, pedicab circus sometimes (read: often) seen on the south side of the park. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about an afternoon in CP, but sometimes (read: often) the experience can be far from a peaceful stroll through the park. Am I right? That said, this blog is me shoving my foot in my mouth and sitting down quietly. Because apparently, I was in desperate need of an education and a new perspective on this old NYC favorite.
Enter, Meital and Jonathan—the beautiful love birds who not only graced us with an abnormally entertaining engagement shoot, but also opened our small-minded, judgmental eyes to the rich, serene escape we've overlooked all these years. Thankfully, I can say I'm now a recovered Central Park Pessimist, having renounced my former opinions and given myself over to daydreams of mini-hikes, autumn shoots and afternoon strolls through this concrete jungle gem. See below for photo evidence and for more information on how you too can overcome your existing phobias/false conclusions/former emotional scars from NYC parks, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. :)