I love this city.
Last Sunday we attended the annual Pumpkin Sail at the Harlem Meer in Central Park. Most free events in NYC always seem to be really crowded and overwhelming, but this one wasn't. We showed up early to check out the pumpkins up close, and then walked to the other side of the meer to sit up on the huge black boulders and watch from the other side. "Meer" is the Dutch word for "small sea." My daughter thinks it's the Harlem mirror, which I guess is right in its own way too :)
The sailing began just after dusk. It was a beautiful sight. There were 50 lighted pumpkins strung together and pulled by a spooky witch in a kayak. Unfortunately, the last half of the pumpkins got detached and were left to float in the middle of the meer. It was very sad for those little pumpkins, and the little kids were really worried about those stranded pumpkins.
Put this on your to-do list for next year, New Yorkers.