A New York Summer

It’s been a hot and humid summer, and not the most pleasant conditions for construction and painting, in preparation for the opening of Between the Parks B & B, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in New York City, on September 1st. But the sawing and hammering and power drilling go on.

Painting has been completed in most rooms. I wavered for days before making my final color choices, but the results are lovely. Watching the sun set on the first evening after the painters left was a treat. As the exterior light changed, the walls changed too — from mint green to the palest blue to gray and even to white. And then the next morning, a totally new palette.

Outside the heat and humidity continue, but the good news is that, as always this time of year, the city is quieting down. New Yorkers head off for a week or two of vacation — to New England, the Adirondack mountains, the eastern Long Island beaches and Jersey Shore. I can find a parking space for my car without circling the block more than once! Now that’s luxury.

If you visit the city over these August weeks, you’ll find quiet, air-conditioned restaurants, museums, and shops — in fact, you’ll want to carry a light sweater. Even on sultry afternoons, you’ll find respite and peace in the parks, and there are always ice cream pops to help you cool off.

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