This is Why: Collective Urban Experience

When my brother and I were kids and it snowed at our house in the suburbs, we’d go outside and play while our parents took photos. Sometimes, we’d have a snowball fight with neighbors. When the roads were finally plowed, maybe we’d make it to a local park for sledding. Overall though, our experience was family- and neighbor-centric.

When something happens in NYC, whether it’s a snowstorm or a transit strike or a Giants’ Super Bowl victory, the entire city experiences it together, for better or worse.

After an 11 inch snowfall last weekend, our local park, Prospect Park, was packed with people. There was sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and casual strolling. And everyone was noticeably giddy. During times like these we feed off each other’s positive energy, and that’s a lovely thing.

Sledding near the 9th Street entrance in Prospect Park

Sledding near the 9th Street entrance in Prospect Park

*This is Why showcases moments that remind me why I love NYC.

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