Union Square- A heart beat
May 27, 2009 § 31 Comments
If you have been to the Big Apple, you have trouped over to Union Square without doubt. If you live here, you know that this is where the city’s heart beats, where the chess masters hobnob with street vendors, farmers sprout every Saturday, skateboarders fly unabashedly and hipsters collide with an endless stream of tourists.
Well, I will be saving the historical details and the current eccentricities of this place for another post! For now my dear friends, I have a remarkable treat: A sociopolitical event I covered here just yesterday, and I must admit, it was a feast to behold and a joy to be a part of.
Union Square was playing host to the members and supporters of MENY (Marriage Equality New York) on 26th May, 2009.
And boy, was it an evening! The gay, the straight, the young and the old were here, together, on one pavilion. As I clicked along with fury, passionate speeches were rendered; the crowds heaved, sighed, screamed and laughed.
And all along, I could detect a faint yet an underlying sense of humor. “California, we feel your pain,” “Jesus had two dads,” and indeed “Gay is the new Black!” Need I say more?
I threaded through the milling numbers, clicking, grinning and sometimes even joining in the chanting. But mostly, clicking :)
Here is a closer look at what the the Big Apple had to say, loud and clear:
And amidst the congregation, slices of love:
And oh, the crowd! How many people shunned their mundane chores and gathered for the cause?
More than a handful, I dare say:
In all crowds, there are a few who stand out, catch your eye, leave an impression.
Here are some moments I could not resist:
As the day drew to an end, a few lingering shots of a much quieter park.
And who would’ve thunk? I ran into a poet whose elegant recitation formed a perfect closing to this eventful evening. Seamas Navarro has been traveling throughout the country for the last 39 months, spreading his lyrical words across the land.
“Sand…counter of Time
Thirsty from ceaseless pounding
Of the sea,
Pillows my head
Under the stars
And in Mother Nature’s love
I find reprieve.”
That was probably the last I saw of Seamas. I wish him well on his journey.
As for me, I left Union Square and the soldiers of MENY, with that familiar contentment of a day well spent.
A parting shot for you, from this cityscape: