Prospect Park on a snowy morning can have an almost 19th Century, Washington Irving, feel. At least as you come into it. There aren’t too many sounds of the city that make it through the woods and the wind into the Long Meadow. And before you approach the people and their pooches and see all the Gore-Tex human and dog coats, you can imagine the place looked pretty similar in pre-modern times. You could probably hold onto that illusion for longer than I did, if you had better boots than I was wearing, went for a short hike on the Lullwater trail, and really let the forest surround you.
But then you’d have missed the sight of a jogger, decked out in yellow, running through the snow, as if it was just another, well, day in the park. As he traversed the Long Meadow and came into clearer focus, it became apparent that the yellow outfit was in fact a banana one, fully surrounding the jogger, with one point above his head and another bobbing below. The only concession to the snow were gloves on his hands. Maybe he was on his way to a fruit display, or maybe he just wanted to keep his head in the tropics. (Sadly, I was unable to snap a photo of the yellow oddity before he ran off. I was on holding waiting to go live on WNYC.)
It promises to be a banner day for sledding. Every family has its favorite place. For most people, of course, it’s the snow-covered hill closest and most convenient to their home. For those who want to explore less familiar territory, the parent's website "Mommy Poppins" lists the Best Sledding Sites in all five boroughs. Top picks include Pilgrim Hill in Central Park, just north of the 72nd St entrance at Fifth Ave.; Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, Forest Park in Queens, at the Mary Whale Playground; Ewen Park in the Bronx – popular, because it has stairs to climb back up the hill; and for Staten Island, the official sledding spot is Clove Lake Park.