My friend Mark, who has lived for a long time in the city has warned me on numerous occasions that I should avoid Central Park at night. But that is like telling a kid not to go in a candy store! And while I greatly respect Mark’s wisdom and advice, and hear his words echo in my head every time I skirt the edges of the park, I just can’t help myself! I look for a quick way to just step my foot inside and grab a shot before a gang of thugs show up and steal all my equipment.
The image today is just such a shot. The second I entered the park and saw no one around I could feel my heart begin to race. And yet the reflection of the city lights, the bridge, the snow it was all too much eye-candy to pass up!
Now that I have risked my life a few times in the park at night, I begin thinking I should know exactly what risk I am taking. So I did a little investigative work and was quite surprised by what I found! Turns out I can forgo training to become Bruce Lee and leave my can of mace spray at home.
No homicides have occurred since 2002 and robberies have decreased from 731 in 1981 to – get this – 9 so far in 2013! Still don’t believe you can stroll safely through the park at all hours of the night? Check out this article from the New York Times.
So if I happen upon a gang of thugs while shooting in the park, my plan now is to offer them a reduced rate for taking a group photo and suggest we meet at Serendipity 3 for ice cream later.