Natives and transplants stroll and walk dogs underneath canopies of trees and leaves brightly colored along New York's westside at Riverside Park.
As time approaches dusk, lantern-lights glow along asphalt winding paths and over fallen autumn leaves.
On Riverside Drive tops of elegant residential towers loom like fortresses above a lengthy stone high polished wall with parts of the wall smoothed in ivy and over grand stair walls with steps snaking down into the park.
Further down a rolling meadow carpeted in massive fallen leaves, a second wall rises by a promenade vista lined with short weathered park benches back to back and lovers meet there and hold hands in silence. Behind innumerable benches dozens of strangers and sport fan sponsors gather by the wall and sidelines underneath the wall like props cheering a lively soccer match escalating on a synthetic turf field. Not far from the field and behind a chain-link fence, automobile traffic races soundlessly on a parkway just opposite the bank of the river where bikers and joggers mix along a wide path by the Hudson glistening in sunlight that abruptly turns night...