After almost two months of brutal weather, we've had a break the past few days. I didn't hesitate to take a walk and see what I might find. Something interesting always pops up. :-)
In Madison Square Park, amongst the slush and giant puddles, I found people getting some fresh air, and an entertaining pianist. He explained that the piano was his, and a friend had transported it to the park in his truck. The building behind this young man is the famous Flatiron once again.
About our crazy winter weather, as of today, this season is number five in the list of snowiest winters, with 56.6 inches (1.4 meters) of snow so far. We had an air temperature of 4 F (-16 C) in January, but with the wind chill it actually felt like -20 F (-29 C).
Our NYC winter has been colder and snowier than Anchorage, Alaska, and another snowstorm with freezing temps is due this week. It looks like we might move up from fifth place shortly... :-)
In the WS is the park lawn, just a few steps away from the pianist.
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COSTANTINO (52240) 2014-02-23 11:25
Hello dear friend
the weather was too bad fro teo months in
your country but here it is nice almost
its a pleasant vivid and impressive
scenery in the heart of the winter
the strange is the pianist and according
to your useful notes he explained that
the piano was his and a friend had transported
it to the park nice pov
have a nice new week
InasiaJones (31442) 2014-02-23 11:33
I've been to New York in February, while there was not a single trace of snow... So indeed, this must have been a brutal winter (from your wussy standards... :-p))
This improvised piano recital isn't the usual performance one can expect at Madison Square Park, so this inspired walk was perfect to capture this quirky moment. Interesting point of view to frame the pianist and his spectators.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-23 11:42
Hi Brenda - I do love this about New York: no matter what else is going on, you can always find someone on the street doing something unique and noteworthy. Transporting a piano to a public park so you can play in 45 degree weather certainly fits the bill...
It certainly has been a brutal winter, but hopefully it has started to break. Spring really is right around the corner!
holmertz (38041) 2014-02-23 11:53
Well, in NYC anything pops up... This is a surprising and entertaining picture. Who would expect a pianist in a park at this time of the year (or anytime)? I would imagine this kind of cold and damp weather to be harmful to the piano, but that's the owner's problem. This is anyway a very nice street-shot (park-shot) showing various human activities. There aren't many colors, except for a pink hat, but this is a very grey part of the year. The WS is very amusing too.
jcpix (11938) 2014-02-23 12:45
Well now, here you go...THIS is what makes New York such fun! No, not the snow...but an unexpected and happy surprise to see something out of the ordinary...you never know what's going to pop up on the streets here. Who in their right mind even thinks to come up with a piano...apparently, this guy! :) Kind of gives the "Concert in the Park" a new twist, yeah? :)
I see this in plain sight, I've lived it, and even done the same myself for heavens sakes...but it still takes me by surprise to see people acting as if it's the middle of summer!? haha Life doesn't stop for the snow, nor should it...so I'm glad to see that a decent day is being enjoyed by many. Kudos to this guy for the originality! Bigger compliments for a fine shot which gives us a local perspective with that NY personality. Have a great week ahead.
Friendly wishes from Az.,
jadesgran (5110) 2014-02-23 13:19
You must have felt rather proud to venture out in such cold conditions andd get this pleasing scene.
Our weather here in the West Country has been the worst since records began with rainfall reaching the highest ever.
I like the inclusion of the person playing the piano.
Giustiniani (3132) 2014-02-23 14:49
c'est une photo surprenante et presque surréaliste pour moi ces gens dans la parc avec le froid et ce pianiste courageux qui sort avec son piano. J'habite dans le sud de la France et dès qu'il pleut ou qu'il fait 4 ou 5°, il n'y a plus personne dans les rues ou bien tout le monde court vers un endroit chaud... C'est une superbe photo.
this is an amazing photo and almost surreal to me these people in the park with this brave the cold and pianist who goes out with his piano. I live in the south of France and when it rains or when it is 4 or 5, there is nobody in the streets or everyone runs to a warm place ... THAT is a great photo.
Mics (649) 2014-02-23 23:32
Still, you were able to find beauty after a maddening weather condition. Nice street shot, quite different from what I know of a fast-paced lifestyle of the West,...shot is sober and relaxed. Nice capture!
annjackman (18303) 2014-02-23 23:45
How unexpected! This is a good composition with the semi-circle of people on the benches around the pianist. A lovely image that tells us a bit about winter in the Big Apple.
Kind Regards, Ann
emka (74187) 2014-02-23 23:46
Hi Brenda, Maybe on average it must be normal. We had very mild winter this year. They forecasted very severe time and now the winter is already gone.
Instead, you had real winter -29 feeling - it was cold. Nice view of the people enjoying lunch in a nice day but the presence of the pianist is really amazing. What was he doing there?
WArm regrads MAlgo
saxo042 (37032) 2014-02-24 7:13
You have really got the winter weather this year, here in Sweden we have had only a few days of snow and temperatures below freezing point. This is a very interesting picture, not for the ice and slush, but for the idea of taking your piano out to the street to play for people. How have all the sax players we heard in Central Park managed this weather? I like this daily life picture, but I don´t like this kind of weather...
batalay (34887) 2014-02-24 20:15
As always a most engaging note augmenting a very good slice-of-daily life photo. Only in New York, an actual piano being played outdoors in the snow. The pianist looks like he is singing to his own accompaniment. He is quite optimistic with a five gallon paint bucket to collect tips.
Warm regards, dear Brenda,
macjake (53320) 2014-02-25 0:22
weather and climate seem to be a popular theme on TE lately! Same with my newest post too.
I remember this park very well actually, hope to see it again sooner than later.
I wonder how the piano sounds in the cold air? Does it lose its tuning???
Did you notice any money in his collection? :)
Another walk in the park for you, although not THAT park :)
Hope people didnt think you were a tourist this time! Haha
Sweet winter scene from NY
cebe (1479) 2014-02-25 10:47
Nice and well composed city scene with the circular path adding some dynamism. A bit unusual with a piano outside in winter. Only in NYC! Good that all spectators contribute well to the photo. Rather difficult winter up here too.
Best regards, Claude
serp2000 (38475) 2014-03-13 9:29
I have never been here in the wintertime, amazing daily life scene from the Garden, play the music, read the book, have a lunch. Very nice photo! TFS!
npecanhuk (61868) 2014-03-16 19:13
I loved reading your note and it's also so enjoyable to see the picture you got for us while walking around, taking a break after a hard wintertime!
mkamionka (29531) 2014-03-28 5:54
winter atmosphere very well captured! I like the wet pavement making a nice turn in the foreground , I like the abundance of the snow. People do not seem to be bothered by cold, but everybody seems to enjoy it.
Very well seen and photographed,
carlo62 (28785) 2014-03-31 13:39
un'atmosfera molto particolare, soprattutto sapendo del grande freddo che c'era.
Non credo sia molto facile suonare il pianoforte con le mani congelate, ma gli spettatori, anche se distratti, sembrano gradire.
clic (14434) 2014-04-30 15:47
As long as the artist was playing 'The winter' of Vivaldi's "The four seasons", I agree to participate to the magic of this sublime moment!
delpeoples (52767) 2014-05-30 20:12
Hi dear Brenda
Even in thumbnail, there was something about this photo which screamed NYC. Even though I have never visited this amazing city, being an avid watcher of Law & Order, I feel like I know it ;) How quirky is this! A man sitting in the snow and ice, in a park, playing the piano. I just love it. And that he's surrounded by the iconic Flatiron taken from a POV that only a native New Yorker would know, is the icing on the cake.
Excellent daily life shot, but what an extraordinary daily life it is!
Have a lovely weekend