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"Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors." (Carl Sagan)  I enjoy walking through Bryant Park after visiting the New York Public Library.  During a recent visit, I learned that the NYPL stores many books in facilities underneath Bryant Park.

"Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors." (Carl Sagan) I enjoy walking through Bryant Park after visiting the New York Public Library. During a recent visit, I learned that the NYPL stores many books in facilities underneath Bryant Park.

"Let it be known there is a fountain/That was not made by the hands of men." ("Ripple" by the Grateful Dead)  Some fountains are natural, while others are man-made.  The wintry Bryant Park fountain is a collaboration between man and nature:)

"Let it be known there is a fountain/That was not made by the hands of men." ("Ripple" by the Grateful Dead) Some fountains are natural, while others are man-made. The wintry Bryant Park fountain is a collaboration between man and nature:)

At Bryant Park, I was looking for a spot to take a picture of both the Christmas Tree and Empire State Building.  Mission accomplished:)

At Bryant Park, I was looking for a spot to take a picture of both the Christmas Tree and Empire State Building.

Bryant Park became "Rangerstown" during a Stanley Cup Final game between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.  It was amazing to see thousands of people watching hockey in a park.  It felt like I was in Canada rather than the United States:)  But, I was happy that it was New York City.  Before the game began, I was entertained by watching Manhattan gradually light up for the evening.

Bryant Park became "Rangerstown" during a Stanley Cup Final game between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. It was amazing to see thousands of people watching hockey in a park. It felt like I was in Canada rather than the United States:) But, I was happy that it was New York City. Before the game began, I was entertained by watching Manhattan gradually light up for the evening.

On a hot summer day, I watched the Circle Line ferry pass underneath the Queensboro Bridge.  It brought back memories of that awesome voyage around Manhattan.  But, that was during the winter.  I was one of the few people who ventured onto the bow of the ferry:)

On a hot summer day, I watched the Circle Line ferry pass underneath the Queensboro Bridge. It brought back memories of that awesome voyage around Manhattan. But, that was during the winter. I was one of the few people who ventured onto the bow of the ferry:)

A winter visit to New York City requires either good-timing or plenty of perseverance.  A snowstorm can disrupt travel plans.  But, walking through a snowy Central Park makes it all worthwhile:)

A winter visit to New York City requires either good-timing or plenty of perseverance. A snowstorm can disrupt travel plans. But, walking through a snowy Central Park makes it all worthwhile:)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"  The title of this song (great rendition by Dean Martin) pretty much sums up the NYC winter of 2014.  This is Carl Schurz Park, on the Upper East Side.  On this day, I also visited Central Park.  Upon returning home, I still had to remain outside to shovel snow:)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" The title of this song (great rendition by Dean Martin) pretty much sums up the NYC winter of 2014. This is Carl Schurz Park, on the Upper East Side. On this day, I also visited Central Park. Upon returning home, I still had to remain outside to shovel snow:)

"Flock" was an appropriate sculpture for Van Cortlandt Park.  I saw more birds during my visit to this Bronx park than anywhere else in New York City!

"Flock" was an appropriate sculpture for Van Cortlandt Park. I saw more birds during my visit to this Bronx park than anywhere else in New York City!

There are many areas of Central Park that can make me forget I am in New York City.  This time, the opposite was true:)  I was surprised to learn that the Grand Army Plaza's "Pulitzer Fountain" (on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street) is officially part of Central Park.  (Photo taken on July 13, 2015)

There are many areas of Central Park that can make me forget I am in New York City. This time, the opposite was true:) I was surprised to learn that the Grand Army Plaza's "Pulitzer Fountain" (on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street) is officially part of Central Park. (Photo taken on July 13, 2015)

If I were traveling a great distance to visit New York City, Central Park would be at the top of my "must-see" list.  This sign, at the entrance to the park, reminds me of Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York."  It's good to hear that she is donating the proceeds from this song to NYC public schools!

If I were traveling a great distance to visit New York City, Central Park would be at the top of my "must-see" list. This sign, at the entrance to the park, reminds me of Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York." It's good to hear that she is donating the proceeds from this song to NYC public schools!

"It's a marshmallow world in the winter/When the snow comes to cover the ground..."  Dean Martin was sometimes called "The King Of Cool."  One of his "coolest" songs went through my mind in Central Park.  Moments before I took this picture, I had seen someone circling the Central Park Reservoir on skis!

"It's a marshmallow world in the winter/When the snow comes to cover the ground..." Dean Martin was sometimes called "The King Of Cool." One of his "coolest" songs went through my mind in Central Park. Moments before I took this picture, I had seen someone circling the Central Park Reservoir on skis!

As I gazed into the crystal ball at Madison Square Park, I learned something about my future.  Soon, I would be crossing the street and admiring one of the most famous buildings in New York City:)

As I gazed into the crystal ball at Madison Square Park, I learned something about my future. Soon, I would be crossing the street and admiring one of the most famous buildings in New York City:)

"There's a light beyond these woods, Mary Margaret/Do you think that we will go there, and see what makes it shine..." ("There's A Light Beyond These Woods")  Beyond the North Woods of Central Park are the bright lights of Manhattan:)  Nanci Griffith's touching "coming of age" song describes two friends who hope to experience the world beyond their hometown.  "Let's go to New York City, Margaret/We'll hide out in the subways...")  (Photo taken on January 6, 2015)

"There's a light beyond these woods, Mary Margaret/Do you think that we will go there, and see what makes it shine..." ("There's A Light Beyond These Woods") Beyond the North Woods of Central Park are the bright lights of Manhattan:) Nanci Griffith's touching "coming of age" song describes two friends who hope to experience the world beyond their hometown. "Let's go to New York City, Margaret/We'll hide out in the subways...") (Photo taken on January 6, 2015)

The Central Park Dairy was originally intended as a source of fresh milk for children in the late 19th century.  Many years later, it provided me with a greatly appreciated "shelter from the storm."  After a few minutes, I was ready to continue my exhilarating journey through a snowy Central Park...

The Central Park Dairy was originally intended as a source of fresh milk for children in the late 19th century. Many years later, it provided me with a greatly appreciated "shelter from the storm." After a few minutes, I was ready to continue my exhilarating journey through a snowy Central Park...

I had been curious as to why a California basketball team is known as the Lakers.  It was because they had moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.  Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."  Similarly, it is necessary to know the history of Central Park in order to understand why there are sheep in this photo.  Before becoming a restaurant in 1934, Tavern on the Green was the Sheepfold for the flock of sheep that grazed on the Sheep Meadow!  (Photo taken on February 15, 2016)

I had been curious as to why a California basketball team is known as the Lakers. It was because they had moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Similarly, it is necessary to know the history of Central Park in order to understand why there are sheep in this photo. Before becoming a restaurant in 1934, Tavern on the Green was the Sheepfold for the flock of sheep that grazed on the Sheep Meadow! (Photo taken on February 15, 2016)

"Snow White" - This magical scene is why, even in winter, people will travel across a continent or an ocean (maybe both) to visit New York City:)  (Photo taken on February 5, 2016)

"Snow White" - This magical scene is why, even in winter, people will travel across a continent or an ocean (maybe both) to visit New York City:) (Photo taken on February

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