Some may say crisp cool fall is more laden with meaning. Or refreshing, blooming, hopeful spring is superior in all ways. But now, late summer, is indisputably the best time in the city.
Long gone are those with the means to. Not yet arrived are the college students. The European tourists are stuck in their normal haunts, getting scammed in Battery Park or at whatever "interactive ice cream Van Gogh Laser Show" there is in SoHo. For those attuned to the population of the sidewalks, there’s more space. The subway platform has more room. The line for that bagel, reduced. The empty times have arrived, and with it, the best weeks of the year. It is time for a cooling beverage, and a bench in the park.
Summer means Dancehall, and who better to put together a lineup than Jamaica’s (Queens) legendary VP records. Since 1977, Vincent and Patricia Chin’s (the V&P) company has been a force in both distributing Dancehall music, and fusing it with more local Queens hip-hop. At Summerstage in Central Park on Saturday, VP Records is putting on a free party—letting you dance in the middle of the miracle that is Central Park.
A rooftop documentary about American police-state dystopia? Yes, please.
Of course, these are just suggestions. Some initial ideas for a good time in the city. But, if you just care to walk these streets, or hop on a bike, ride the train, or the ferry—you’ll find something to care about and redeem humanity, at least for an afternoon.
It’s the not really empty, empty time. It’s the best time.